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#Notacrime Campaign: A Collection of Street Art (Part 3)

June 22, 2017, in Images > Visual Arts, by

With the recent premiere of Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, a documentary that details the world’s largest street art campaign, we thought we’d share more images of some of the amazing murals that adorn different corners of the world. This street art for education equality campaign, titled Education is Not a Crime, or #Notacrime, aims to raise awareness of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, and in particular, their denial to access forms of higher education. 

Art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Nasim by Rone
Nasim is a 29 year old Iranian woman an art student and photographer and a Bahai The Australian artist Rone painted this portrait of her on the side of the Storefront Academy at Park Avenue and 129th Street in Harlem Nasim was a student in the Bahai Institute for Higher Education the underground university that Bahais created in Iran because theyre banned from higher education when in 2009 Iran erupted into days of protests over the rigged reelection of then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Nasim was out taking photos when she was arrested and briefly detained by the authorities She was held for a few days and government agents tried to force her to falsely confess that she and other Baha8217is were responsible for the protests she refused Nasim was released but she decided to leave Iran Today she is completing her art studies at UC San Diego
Art by Lmnopi
Art by Ou35
Gentle Hearts by Ricky Lee Gordon
8220How can we let such a human rights violation exist in today8217s world How can we have not realised that the suffering of one is the suffering of all8221 Ricky Lee Gordon8217s piece his second for the Not A Crime campaign after his mural in Cape Town South Africa launched the campaign8217s 2016 series of murals across Harlem in New York City His idea of 8220Gentle Hearts8221 the young people whose rights have been violated in Iran and anywhere resonated with community members and with George Faison owner of the Faison Firehouse Theatre on which the mural was painted
In Salvador the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia the artist Eder Muniz the calango has painted a vivid and enchanting mural in defense of the Baha8217is of Iran
Art by Marthalicia
Three murals 8220Educate Elevate Empower8221 by Joe Dreher 8220Watch Me Learn8221 by Charmaine Minniefield and 8220Paragraphalizer by Fabian Williams
The Australian duo Krimsone amp Scott Nagy8217s latest mural on Bondi Beach
Franco the Great8217s 8220Knowledge is Power8221
Franco 8220the Great8221 Gaskin is a Harlem legend He has painted murals and roll down gates across the neighbourhood especially on 125th Street for 30 or 40 years His piece for the Not A Crime campaign a message of education equality for people of all backgrounds was a landmark for the project a local celebrity helping raise awareness about the persecution of the Baha8217is in Iran

#Notacrime is an initiative of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist, who although not a Baha’i himself, feels that the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran (Iran’s largest religious minority) is emblematic of many of the problems the country faces. You can read our interview with Maziar about Changing the World, One Wall at a Time here, or listen to his conversation with Rainn Wilson on our blogcast.

You can also take a look at our two other galleries of #Notacrime street art: here is the link to Part 1 and here is the link to Part 2.

For more information about #Notacrime, check out their website or you can follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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