Dutch artistic duo Karski and Beyond have recently unveiled their newest mural. This colourful and powerful piece is titled Mural of Change and is the duo’s 8th mural in Laak, The Hague.
The Mural of Change was created as a beacon of hope., A tribute to our world, human rights defenders and also a call to action. The mural represents three human rights defenders – young Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. The late Honduran indigenous and environmental defender Berta Càceres. Finally, late Georgian human rights defender Vatali Safarov.
Karski and Beyond are know for their use of colours in combination with double exposure techniques. The abstract paintings from Karski are the foundation for the double exposure section of the design. In this design Beyond wanted the spectator to think about the people portrayed on the wall.
The top section of the mural of change features Greta Thunberg, arguably the most known of the three activists. Greta is teenager who has became famous because of her strikes during school time to ask for more attention for environmental issues. Her sudden rise to world fame has made her both a leader and a target for critics.
Her influence on the world stage has been described by The Guardian and other newspapers as the “Greta effect”. She has received numerous honours and awards including: honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
On the right of the mural is Berta Càceres, who was sadly murdered in 2016. She was a Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader. She was also co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras.
Berta won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015, for “a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam” at the Río Gualcarque.
The left hand side of the mural is dedicated to Vitali Safarov, who was also sadly murdered in 2018.
Vitali Safarov first got involved in human rights work in 2013 when he became a trainer in a multicultural camp for children in Georgia. He then worked for the Georgian NGO “Centre for Participation and Development” as a trainer of youth programs. He was also part of the Tbilisi
Shelter Initiative. The initiative provides human rights defenders from across the region with a safe space, rest, medical aid and capacity-building programs. Taking pride in his Jewish and Yezidi background, Vitali worked all his life to fight xenophobia and violence.
The Hague city is the city of Peace and Justice. Karski and Beyond worked in conjunction with @justiceandpeace and @thehagueuniversity. The project was supported by @gemeentedenhaag and the mural is situated at: Stamkartplein, The Hague.