Inhuman Barriers is the latest mural by the Swiss Duo NEVERCREW for Cities of Hope in Manchester, UK. This project is about immigration and integration: about the loss of humanity and empathy, about barriers and values, and about the distant and often presumptuous position of who’s on the “right part” of the border.
A transforming quartz that recalls the sensations of an iceberg, where the most important part is hidden, not seen and not felt. Where there’s something on the top and something below, where there’s cold, hardness and darkness.
Using the double nature that we see in the quartz we want to show the condition in which many people are compelled (in many ways) and talk about borders (physical and cultural), both on a visual and emotional way, referring to the politics of the recent years that tend to stoke these barriers, emptying from human values our reality.
From the curators:
From its beginning, Street Art has championed the oppressed, standing defiant in the face of injustice as the voice of the powerless. Street Artists are beacons of hope, champions of the struggles that many would rather ignore.
They leave their mark on history, bearing witness, indeed forcing witness to the issues that define our time. Their art echoes in our souls, whispering that hope is not lost, it was never lost.
Cities of hope is a Street Art convention which brings 9 of the worlds best artists to Manchester with the objective to force witness to 9 key social justice issues. Each artist and issue is being linked to a vital local organisation that fights to help the lives of those affected by the issues, at a grass roots level.
The artists involved are: Axel Void, Hyuro, Pichavo, Phlegm, Martin Whatson, C215, Faith47, Nevercrew, Case Maclaim, Dale Grimshaw, plus many artists coming from the local scene as: Mateus Bailon, Jay Sharples, Meha Mindocha, Kladi ft. Chekos, Nomad Clan, Akse, Tankpetrol.