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Titel: Bristle, Political street expressions in Bristol & the South West
Sub titel: A Photo compilation 1998 - 2005

Political street expressions in Bristol & the South West 'a photo archive 1998-2005' At last, the long awaited bristle book. 200 full colour pages with nearly 500 different photos of stencils, murals, graffiti, subverts and other expressions which our cameras have been collecting for seven years. As New Labour continue to crack down on dissent, bristle celebrates it! Whilst a few of these images have been published in bristle before, most of them haven’t. All together they show the real depth of street expression and art in the city, and to a degree the ongoing political activism. Amazing. It is bigger than just Banksy, although he has been strong influence, and is included in the book too. Some of the issues covered show the level of outrage at war, or Bush’s visit to the UK, when the whole city was covered with messages, stencils… Some are very clever, some very artistic, some just basic. Some just add to what was already there. This book demonstrates how much people need a space to express themselves, to be heard. The street, that space that we walk through day and night, was the medium. In many cases defying the laws, ASBOS, the cops, the council - some of the works included here are amazing in that sense – a mural done using a scaffolding, which was removed, and left a ‘rioting’ mural for life; another in a hotspot which took five days to create. Ingenuity & creativity. There are many ‘subverts’, the activists’ mark that catches our eye, on the billboards that blight our neighbourhoods. Making nonsense of capitalist nonsense. Some are removed so quickly they go unnoticed, others last for weeks. This book allows you to enjoy them, to smile, and maybe be inspired too. Included in this book is text on art activism written by the artivists themselves. Some has been published in bristle before. Some, such as articles by Graphic Attack and Clandestino, have not. There is also explanatory information relating to subvertising, publicity sabotage, etc.
2005, 195 pag., Euro 6,3
Active, London, ISBN Zonder

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