Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PRESS NEWS - THEGRIO "Artist imagines the Simpsons joining the “I can’t breathe” protests"




After months of heightened racial tensions, an artist has created images of the Simpsons joining the protests in memory of those who have died.

In Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo’s series called “I Can’t Breathe,”  the iconic yellow cartoon family is turned black — with Bart Simpson seen experiencing the same tragedies as Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and all the other victims.

Mr Palombo recently told MailOnline:

With this art series I wanted to denounce the current social situation, the unbelievable racial facts of recent times. The images from the suffocation of Eric Garner are horrible, uncivilized. This is a crazy and an unacceptable violence. We are experiencing a dangerous social regression and if America does not react to the rampant racism it will no longer be the country of freedom and dreams, but the country of oppression and injustice.

The images are shocking yet also dishearteningly accurate as Chief Wiggums re-enacts the behavior that several officers in these excessive force cases have been accused of.

You can view the depictions for yourself in the gallery above.

VIA THEGRIO


Monday, December 15, 2014

PRESS NEWS - DAILYMAIL "Now the Simpsons can’t breathe"





Now the Simpsons can’t breathe: Artist imagines the cartoon family protesting America’s race shootings

In a series called 'I Can't Breathe', Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo has turned the yellow cartoon family black

Reflecting the death of Tamir Rice, Chief Wiggum aims a gun at Bart, who is clearly holding a toy gun, at point-blank range

Another echoes the death of Eric Garner with the police holding a black cartoon character in a chokehold

The artist told MailOnline he created the series in memory of the victims, adding: 'I wanted to denounce the current social situation, the unbelievable racial facts of recent times'

America's race shootings have led to months of unrest across the country - but now an artist has imagined the Simpsons protesting in memory of the victims.
In a series called 'I Can't Breathe', Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo has turned the usually yellow cartoon family black in memory of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and all the other victims.
In a series of shocking images, Chief Wiggum chases Bart waving a baton, then aims a gun at the ten-year-old, who is clearly holding a toy gun, at point-blank range.
Bart is then pictured face down and apparently dead in front of a giant billboard showing the police chief with a smoking gun and the words: 'Cops Never Sleep'.

The pictures eerily reflect the death of Tamar Rice last month, a 12-year-old who was playing with a pellet gun last month.
He was shot by a Cleveland police officer at a park on November 22 and died the following day.

Mr Palombo also echoes the death of Eric Garner - with Chief Wiggum depicted holding a black character in a chokehold and then appears on the news alongside presenter Kent Brockman discussing the incident.

Mr Garner died in Staten Island, New York, when officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in an apparent chokehold, despite reports he had said: 'I can't breathe' - words which have now become a prominent feature in protests.

Mr Palombo told MailOnline: 'With this art series I wanted to denounce the current social situation, the unbelievable racial facts of recent times.
'The images from the suffocation of Eric Garner are horrible, uncivilized. This is a crazy and an unacceptable violence.'
He added: 'We are experiencing a dangerous social regression and if America does not react to the rampant racism it will no longer be the country of freedom and dreams, but the country of oppression and injustice.'

Other pictures show Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and a whole host of characters from the show are seen waving placards to 'stop racism' - reflecting the chaos that engulfed Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The family also pose in front of the Statue of Liberty, whose face is covered with a Ku Klux Klan hood, with their mouths covered.
Mr Palombo is well-known for his satirical artwork to promote causes he believes.

Last month, he depicted demale cartoon characters as victims of domestic violence to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and also re-imagined Disney princesses as breast cancer survivors to promote awareness of the disease.


ART - The Simpsons against racism "I CAN'T BREATHE" by aleXsandro Palombo


"I CAN'T BREATHE"
by aleXsandro Palombo

In memory of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Taryvon Martin, Michael Brown and all the victims.

With Homer and Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Clancy Winchester, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Kent Brockman.














Saturday, November 29, 2014

ART - "HELLO BOYS" by aleXsandro Palombo



Disney Princes go naked against AIDS
by aleXsandro Palombo











Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRASILPOST The Huffington Post Brasil "Interview with aleXsandro Palombo"



'Covarde', nova série do cartunista aleXsandro Palombo, repudia a violência contra as mulheres

Neste Dia Internacional da Não Violência contra a Mulher, celebrado nesta terça-feira (25), o cartunista e ativista italiano aleXsandro Palombo apresenta a sua nova série de peças intitulada "Coward" (Covarde, em português).
É a segunda vez que ele trata do tema, depois da mostra "Sem violência contra as mulheres", em que usa personagens de desenhos animados e princesas da Disney para denunciar o problema.
Em entrevista ao Brasil Post, Palombo explica por que o universo feminino é recorrente em seus trabalhos — já que, além de violência contra as mulheres, desenhouos efeitos do câncer de mama e a superação de mulheres com deficiência.
"Acredito que o dever de cada um de nós é se engajar diariamente para melhorar nossa sociedade", opina Palombo. "Acima de tudo, devemos fazer cada vez mais pela igualdade de gêneros."
Leia a íntegra da entrevista e veja as imagens:
Brasil Post: Palombo, por que você sempre usa personagens de desenho animado e princesas da Disney no seu trabalho?
aleXsandro Palombo: Eu uso personagens de desenho porque elas acompanharam cada um de nós no passado e ainda pertencem à nossa cultura pop contemporânea. Eu as transformo para contar novas histórias, para trazê-las mais perto da realidade em que vivemos.
Você acha que a comunicação de assuntos delicados, como violência contra a mulher e câncer de mama, é mais efetiva por meio desse tipo de representação?
Minha arte é satírica ao mesmo tempo que reflexiva. Minhas obras são como um espelho, a expressão cultural da sociedade. Tento explorar o direito à expressão, liberdade e igualdade. O culto à celebridade é uma parte importante do meu trabalho, mas também foco em aspectos sociais.
Assim, você cria uma linguagem artística própria...
Eu misturo cor, personagens de cartoons icônicos, sarcasmo, humor, realismo e surrealismo. Eu tento entreter e fazer as pessoas refletirem ao mesmo tempo.
Geralmente, como são as reações ao seu trabalho? Você ouve muitas críticas devido ao uso de cartoons para retratar situações dramáticas?
Alguns amam, outros desprezam — como deve ser. Arte é um ato poderoso que causa reações positivas e negativas. Como artista, eu apenas escuto os meus instintos. Crio com liberdade total. Sou um grande fã de críticas e as aprecio de fato.
Por que o seu interesse especial em temas relativos ao universo feminino, tais como os direitos das mulheres e a violência contra elas, tão recorrentes em sua obra?
Estou sempre na linha de frente da defesa dos direitos humanos. Acredito que o dever de cada um de nós é se engajar diariamente para melhorar nossa sociedade. Acima de tudo, devemos fazer cada vez mais pela igualdade de gêneros.
Qual é sua proposta com "Coward"?
Em março deste ano, fiz uma série contra a violência doméstica. Recebi muitos e-mails de homens ao redor do mundo insultando minhas obras. Vários diziam que eu deveria fazer uma série com as verdadeiras vítimas: homens agredidos por mulheres.
Que absurdo...
Sim, essas mensagens me fizeram perceber como tem homens violentos no mundo. Todo ano, milhares de mulheres morrem por causa desses caras nojentos. Na Itália, a cada dois dias, uma mulher morre nas mãos de um homem. Isso é desprezível e inaceitável. Pensei que deveria criar uma série de obras de arte mais diretas, algo que falaria o quão covarde esses homens são! Devemos punir esses covardes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

PRESS NEWS - DAILYMAIL "Snow White's black eye, Ariel's bruises and Cinderella's tears: Disney princesses re-imagined as domestic abuse victims to highlight violence against women"



- The cartoons are the work of Italian artist, aleXsandro Palombo


  • - Mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  • - Shows battered Disney princesses with black eyes and bloody lips

  • - Marge Simpson and Olive Oyl also reimagined as domestic abuse victims 

With painful looking black eyes and blood dripping from their noses, these cartoons show iconic animated characters shockingly reimagined as victims of domestic violence.

Disney princesses such as The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Snow White feature in the collection, as do TV favourites including Marge Simpson and Olive Oyl.
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which takes place on the 25th November, AleXsandro Palombo, a contemporary artist and activist, decided to create the striking art to raise awareness.
Calling the collection 'Coward'  Palombo depicts each woman holding a picture of their partner with the word stamped across his head in red. 

Run by the United Nations, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marks 16 days of activism, culminating on December 10 - Human Rights Day. 

According to the UN, 35 per cent of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in 10 women facing this abuse in some countries.

Famous for his striking and satirical art, Palombo has used characters from popular children's cartoons to highlight domestic abuse on previous occasions.
He said of the current campaign: 'Thousands of women are killed every year all over the world. Femicide is an unacceptable social issue.
'As a man, I feel ashamed of the behaviours of those who use violence against women. These beings are not men but cowards. 
'It's up to real men to persecute and fight these cowards'

The UN are encouraging people to 'Orange YOUR Neighbourhood' to support the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The website urges: 'Reach out to your neighbours, local stores, food-sellers on the corner of your street, gas stations, local cinemas, barbers, schools, libraries and post offices! Project orange lights and hang orange flags onto local landmarks, tie orange ribbons where you are allowed, and organize local ‘orange marches’ on 25 November to raise awareness about violence against women and discuss solutions that would work for your community.'


DATE WITH MEANING

The 25th of November was the date chosen for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the Mirabal sisters. 
They were three political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961)

VIA DAILYMAIL


PRESS NEWS - METRO UK "aleXsandro Palombo depicts cartoon characters as victims of domestic violence"



With split lips, black eyes and bloodied noses, these striking images show iconic cartoon characters as you’ve never seen them before.
The powerful project is the work of artist aleXsandro Palombo, who created the images to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which takes place on the 25th November.
On his wesbsite Palombo explains: ‘Thousands of women are killed every year all over the world. Femicide is an unacceptable social issue. As a man, I feel ashamed of the behaviors of those who use violence against women. These beings are not men but cowards. It’s up to real men to persecute and fight these cowards.’
Check out the thought-provoking images below.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ART - "COWARD" by aleXsandro Palombo


#Coward #Lâche #Cobarde #Vigliacco 

"Thousands of women are killed every year all over the world. Femicide is an unacceptable social issue. As a man, I feel ashamed of the behaviors of those who use violence against women. These beings are not men but cowards. It's up to real men to persecute and fight these cowards" aleXsandro Palombo



COWARD 
by aleXsandro Palombo

Iconic cartoon characters Marge Simpson (The Simpsons), Lois Griffin (Family Guy), Olive Oyl, Wilma Flinstone, Disney Princess Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel and Jasmine. 











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MONDAY, MARCH 03, 2014


NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
by aleXsandro Palombo













Friday, November 21, 2014

CLARA Magazine France "aleXsandro Palombo - Il était une fois l'art de dènoncer les violences faites aux femmes"


CLARA Magazine 
"Interview with aleXsandro Palombo"


 CLARA Magazine Cover
 by aleXsandro Palombo


AleXsandro Palombo Il était une fois l’art de dénoncer les violences faites aux femmes

Même quand la vie de couple semble avoir commencé comme un conte de fée, la violence conjugale, lorsqu’elle s’installe, tue. Derrière les images d’Épinal d’une vie idyllique se cache parfois une douloureuse situation que les ami-es, la famille, la société ne veut pas voir. Pour dénoncer cette situation, AleXsandro Palombo, artiste italien, propose une série d’images détournées à partir des personnages féminins des contes de notre enfance et comics americains. Entretien.

Comment en êtes-vous venu à travailler sur les violences conjugales?

Il s’agit d’une urgence sociale plus qu’une idée. Chaque jour, beaucoup de femmes subissent des violences de la part de leur conjoint. En Italie, une femme meurt assassinée par son conjoint tous les deux jours. Il s’agit d’une situation sociale terrible. Je voulais contribuer à
la diffusion de ce message contre les violences conjugales.

Comment choisissez-vous vos personnages?

J’utilise depuis toujours les personnages des cartoons pour affronter des thèmes sociaux importants. Dans ce cas précis, j’ai utilisé les personnages qui étaient
selon moi les plus aptes à transmettre ce message.

D’où l’idée d’utiliser des personnages connus?

C’est certainement plus efficace. Ces personnages
appartiennent à l’imaginaire collectif, ils sont familiers, un bout de notre enfance.

Quel message essayez-vous de faire passer à travers votre art?

Réfléchir, raisonner, penser, ouvrir son esprit, ce que de moins en moins de personnes font aujourd’hui. Nous
vivons dans une société de consommation, une société faussement construite par le marketing. Les gens sont bombardés au quotidien par des messages irréels, déformés… C’est exactement ce que je mets en débat à travers mon travail artistique.

Articulée autour d’une question : « Quel genre d’homme es-tu? », cette série interpelle directement les auteurs ou potentiels auteurs de violences conjugales.

Toute les voix qui s’unissent contre la violence sont importantes mais je pense que ce sont les hommes eux-mêmes qui devraient combattre la violence des
hommes envers les femmes, c’est selon moi la meilleure des façons pour lutter contre cette urgence sociale.
Vous êtes également l’auteur d’une série représentant des princesses Disney en situation de handicap.
J’ai voulu réaliser cette campagne car elle me concerne de très près. Il y a quelques années, j’ai subi une intervention chirurgicale pour l’ablation d’un cancer qui m’a laissé dans une situation de handicap, une partie de mon corps a été gravement endommagée. Depuis,
je vis un vrai calvaire, j’ai été catapulté dans une nouvelle réalité remplie de douleurs avec lesquelles je dois vivre tous les jours et pour le reste de ma vie.

C’est suite à cette expérience personnelle que j’ai développé cette idée. Cette série fait-elle l’unanimité?

Je suis contre toute forme de stéréotypes et préjugés et pourtant, lorsque j’ai réalisé cette série, il y a eu un grand débat à travers plusieurs pays. D’un côté, les « pour » avec des parents d’enfants porteurs de handicap qui étaient heureux car cette série s’approchait de leurs
situations réelles, sans discrimination et, de l’autre côté, les « contre » avec des parents indignés car, selon eux, les princesses représentées ruinaient l’enfance
de leurs enfants. D’une part, l’égoïsme social de la perfection, de la fiction, de la stupidité et, d’autre part, le droit à l’égalité sociale et la lutte pour l’égalité
des droits humains.

Quels sont vos projets ? Quelles sont les thématiques que vous voulez aborder?

Parmi les dernières séries présentées, il y a celle contre l’utilisation d’enfantssoldats de la part du Hamas en Palestine et une forte campagne contre l’intimidation.
Mon art est toujours en évolution, c’est le miroir du monde dans lequel nous vivons…

Propos recueillis par Gwendoline Coipeault

Des chiffres en +

En France, 121 femmes sont mortes sous les coups de leur compagnon l’an passé. À l’échelle européenne,
22 % des femmes ont subi des violences physiques et/ou sexuelles de la part de leur compagnon actuel ou passé au moins une fois. Source : Agence des droits
fondamentaux de l’Union Européenne, 2014.