Gianluca Costantini
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From Art to Activism: Drawing the Gaza Protests on Campus

The text I wrote for Democracy In Exile – DAWN

The first protests I drew not just as an artist but as an activist were during the Arab Spring in 2011, when I began documenting Egyptians demonstrating in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and sharing my drawings on Twitter. I was surprised to see that my drawings and cartoons were shared widely and used by Egyptians protesting in the streets. It was a profound experience, to realize that my art could become part of the protests. I drew more and got more involved documenting other protests, like the Occupy Gezi movement in Istanbul and the more recent demonstrations in Hong Kong.

My utopian goal was to be present in the square with the people, despite living in a small Italian provincial town. This is a completely personal initiative, an artistic action that is entirely independent. Continue

Palestine / Israel / United States / DAWN

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