Our summer is almost up, but don’t fret. Another set of cool things on the internet is here! This week on the Fix we examine the various facets and subject matter of graffiti, futuristic-inspired statues from the past, a documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a tribute song to the rape victims of Juarez, and another essay about Buffy and our feelings.
Elyveth: Graffiti has been stereotyped as an act of rebellion, often associated with youth in gangs tagging their territory. In reality, graffiti artists all have different motives and use the medium to gain a better understanding of what’s going on in their lives: their hopes, fears, weaknesses and dreams. There is rawness to graffiti art that showcases the artist’s soul onto a wall, but there is a fine line between self-expression and vandalism. This article goes into great detail about how graffiti has played a huge role in giving lower class citizens a voice, and how to discourage negative views on graffiti by promoting a better understanding of where if comes from, as well as allocating spaces for this form of self-expression to exist without legal penalties. I think it’s awesome that graffiti is finally getting recognized and appreciated as a true art form with positive outcomes.
Raul: In the Non-Aligned Movement era of Yugoslavia, President Tito commissioned monuments to be erected throughout the countryside in remembrance of WWII and those lost in concentration camps. Photographer Jan Kempenaers recently toured the countryside capturing images of these abstract and futurist-influenced monuments, now abandoned to the elements – imaginative structures now wanting in meaning and symbolism. I was reminded of Turl’s piece from Issue #4 and how these structures now stand “lost in the ongoing dialectic of creation and entropy.” They also happen to look really fucking cool.
“If you apply Israeli law you imply certain things you may not want. One of them, for instance, is that you intend to annex the region. Secondly, you are automatically obligate yourself to grant citizenship to the entire population.”– Dov Shefi, Brigadier General (Ret.)Legal Advisor,West Bank Military Command 1967-1968
Mike: In “The Law In These Parts” Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz looks at the architecture and implementation of the oppressive legal system at use in the occupied territories of Palestine since 1967. Through interviews with members of the Military Legal Corp of the IDF, Alexandrowicz deconstructs the origins of the “legal” military rule imposed by Israel in Gaza and the West Bank and turns a critical eye on the modern implications of Israeli “legal” positioning in opposition to international law.
Beatriz: I was feeling nostalgic today so thought I would share this video. This song pays tribute to the rapes and murders of the women of Juarez that were, for many years, ignored by authorities. Bad publicity put Juarez on the map in regards to the narco drug-wars but to this day, most of these cases remain open and straight out ignored; over 400 of them. Government inaction to prevent violence against females and bring perpetrators to justice is still existent today.
Erika: I spent a good amount of my time as a child missing the boat on a lot of things. One of these was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which, at ten years off the air has held up pretty well. While the fashion has aged a bit, the fact of the matter is that the humor and subject matter are as relevant today as it can get on a show about a woman who kills vampires. Buffy as a genre was odd, and as a queer identified person, I can relate. So when this long form essay about Buffy and the lessons that the queer author learned about her identity and fluidity was published, it struck a nerve. The point is is that I only discovered Buffy this year, and already I have too many feelings for it. Which is okay, because so do a lot of people.