Graffiti Artists Tag for Freedom of Expression

Six graffiti artists teamed up with Amnesty International this past weekend during the Edinburgh Festival to raise awareness for freedom of expression. The artists each painted a case of freedom of expression from Amnesty’s history, 1961 to the present, to be included in a special exhibition. Also part of the day was a live graffiti performance to raise awareness for political prisoners in Burma.

The live graffiti event marked the anniversary of the beginning of a peaceful protest movement in 1988, which became known as the Generation 88.

In attendance for the painting of the mural was Waihnin Pwint Thon, whose father was one of the leaders of the movement. He remains a political prisoner today, sentenced to 65 years in jail.

Read more about the event and learn about all the participating artists, including:

Amy Whiten, aka Syrkus, painting her mural about Argentina’s Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo:

Elph working on a painting about Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was assassinated in 2006 following her reporting of the war in Chechnya:

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