(Photo courtesy of Alexis Ortiz)
The artist looked as if he was plastered against the front of the castle. An intended flattening manufactured to result in equally deliberate consequences. While the purists felt that the splendour of the architecture was being tarnished by such pyrotechnics, the ones calling themselves, ‘the freakish progressives’ delighted in the concept and even coined the term “graffitista” – euphemism for a fashionista turned human graffiti.
Before the “Jumping Graffitista” transformed into an international movement, it’s birth resembled that of an accidental child. An ebullient couple high on both adrenaline and alcohol, while egregiously cavorting in front of the Windsor Castle, broke out into a spontaneous game. Each took the other’s picture just when the subject was jumping. A typical Instagram raw material.
Joanne, an intrepid humanitarian & ecologist while taking her own pictures of the Castle focused accidentally upon a black visage against a white castle. Thus was born the revolution against gun control and racial discrimination. Did not matter which was the colour shooting and which was the one getting shot. Same with racial discrimination. Every horrific massacre triggered a swarm of pictures depicting artists flattened against monuments. White on Black, Black on White.
Humanity against Bigots.
(Word Count: 200)
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