EUROPE · recent PLATOON recruits and legendary street artists Mentalgassi
's latest action involves teaming up with Amnesty International
to create a media campaign that makes the invisible visible
to the public.
International Human Rights Day is on DEC 10, and to honor all the people who have suffered human rights violations the campaign 'making the invisible visible' is seeing many cities worldwide put up fence installations of prisoners who's basic human rights are denied.
in Berlin, you can find bridges and fences featuring portraits of detainees:
Jean-Claude Roger Mbede (32 years old, from Cameroon): three years in prison for alleged homosexuality
Savalan Jabbar (20 years old, Azerbaijan): two and a half years in prison for a facebook post
Fatima Hussein Badi (48 years old, from Yemen): death penalty, because she allegedly murdered her husband. she continues to protested her innocence.
on the fences are single pasted strips of paper that are taped to the fences. the face of the persecuted individual is invisible when someone stands right in front of the fence.
however when one walks past, the face becomes entierly visible. the colors give off an eerie glow which would make any passerby stop and reconsider. for more watch the video to see how it was made.
in total there are 26 fence installations in six European cities, including in Wales, Ireland, England, Denmark, and Germany. the inspiration came from the frustration of so many people who live daily without dignity and basic human rights.
it is a way to alert the public about such violations and invoke a different way of thinking about the invisible victims who suffer from corruption and lack of inherent freedoms such as free speech.
Amnesty International is still looking for those who would like to get involved in the project and are motivated to join in solidarity to make people think different about invisible people who suffer from human rights violations and sit in prison from 'crimes' that would never be consider crimes is a less corruption, more free society.