Art / Europe

US artist unites divided Bosnian youths to make street art

 

American graffiti artists Caleb Neelon poses for photo in front over work on a  wall in Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Tuesday, April, 21.2015. American graffiti artists Caleb Neelon, the author of street murals in numerous cities around the world, has gathered youths from different sides of Bosnia’s ethnic divide to jointly work on a peace-promoting project.

American graffiti artists Caleb Neelon poses for photo in front over work on a wall in Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Tuesday, April, 21.2015. American graffiti artists Caleb Neelon, the author of street murals in numerous cities around the world, has gathered youths from different sides of Bosnia’s ethnic divide to jointly work on a peace-promoting project.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — American graffiti artist Caleb Neelon, creator of street murals in numerous cities around the world, has enlisted youths from different sides of Bosnia’s ethnic divide to work on a peace-promoting project.

Armed with cans of spraypaint, youngsters from Bosnia’s Croat, Serb and Bosniak ethnic groups joined forces with Neelon on Tuesday to begin 

painting “peace murals” in their divided communities.

“If people see in what I do a message of peace, …an opportunity to do something that brings people together, that really touches my heart,” Neelon said.

The project is meant to mark 20 years since the end of Bosnia’s 1992-95 interethnic war that claimed 100,000 lives.

Despite two decades of peace, relations among members of the country’s different groups are still dominated by suspicion and mistrust.

The idea of Neelon’s project was to encourage youths from all three groups to jointly produce peace-promoting street art.

The peace murals are to be painted over a two-week period in predominantly Bosniak capital of Sarajevo, its majority Serb suburbs, as well as in Croat-dominated southern city of Mostar.

 

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