El Mac "Birds of no nation" @ 7th Asia Pacific Triennial, Australia

December 10, 2012

From our good friend and 2x cover artist, El Mac, on his new piece for the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial in Australia: this "is a collaboration with Shamsia Hassani and the Propeller Group. Shamsia Hassani is the first and probably only serious female graffiti writer in Afghanistan, and is also an associate professor in the Fine Arts Department at Kabul University. I painted the central figure in the piece based on photos I took of her, using spraypaint and fatcaps, freehand as usual. Shamsia painted the surrounding designs and poetry with spraypaint and acrylic. It reads:


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Birds of no nation

Are all captive

Like me

With no voice for singing

The piece will be on view through 14 April 2013 at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane.