The mural is based on the photo by Sergi Alexander of Tony Goldman in 2010. It was later used by Shepard Fairy for his stencil project of the mural. Shepard Fairy has returned to Wynwood Walls to re-touch the mural for the Miami Art Basel Week 2014. Original image was not credited to the photographer.
Sunday evening. I’ve made it to 7pm show. There was a a group of four at the doors, mostly adults. A girl holding the placards in support to Edward Snowden, but no one notice her and passing by. I walk in for the show. The seats are empty. Just few more like me inside. Sad. Is this just typical Miami? Is it b/c the beer not served at the show or is it b/c no body cares in Miami? The life has been sacrificed for us and the message is given. Citizenfour is a hero of our lives. An idol of Freedom. But in Miami it all just does not matter.
By Christine Wilson, contributor:
My posters have a special significance. Hot stepper is a Jamaican slang term for fugitive. I first came across this term while listening to a song titled “Hot Stepper” by Gregory Isaacs. This song is dated back to Gregory Isaacs’ 1982 album, Night Nurse. The song is about becoming a fugitive and not understanding how this can be possible by going on to say “…I thought it would be better, now I’m a branded hot stepper…”. He also says “…wanted for doing good among my people, night and day…”. Ever since I first learned about Edward Snowden’s disclosures, I’ve been nearly obsessed with his message. I truly feel a revolution is taking place right now but on the same note it deeply troubles me that more people are not talking about what he has revealed. I constantly hear people say and even here, tonight at this screening, that nothing will change, that the government is too powerful for me to even begin to think that I can attempt to seek a change with my protest. But I say this is exactly the kind of mentality that is holding us back from moving forward as a nation and one global society. I feel a chillingly disturbing and cynical sense of complacency around me. Maybe I am what people would call an idealist and even I am guilty right now as we speak of using this word to describe myself with a negative connotation but I can’t help but feel like somewhere in this vast universe at least one civilization has possibly gotten it right and is living in a utopia. Is it so delusional to think that somewhere, at least one society isn’t so dysfunctional? I continue to not think so. I chose to use a particular piece of art I found of Edward Snowden dressed as Waldo from Where’s Waldo? for one of my posters because it’s interesting to note how he has not been anonymous in his disclosures regarding the NSA’s mass surveillance programs. And I thought it was ironic how this particular piece has a crowd of people surrounding him and doing just that, being anonymous. The print out of a photograph on my other poster is a tribute to Edward Snowden. This photograph reflects how I feel that we are all Edward Snowden. A human being. A being that witnessed something that didn’t sit right with him and felt compelled to try to correct it. Are we not all born with an innate sense of what I call choose to call love? Love for the greater good. “Hot Stepper” made me think of Snowden when I first heard it and the gravity of his predicament. I wanted to compile all of this art and angst I’ve been feeling regarding these issues for this demonstration tonight.
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