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Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Maya Hayuk, and More Paint New Works in the Spirit of “Freedom”

Urban Nation in Berlin celebrated the 8th and, reportedly, final chapter of its "Project M" exhibition series this past weekend. Curated in collaboration with London's StolenSpace Gallery, the exhibit revealed new murals, ten large scale panels at the nearby Urban Nation office, and a collection of new works at Urban Nation's gallery space by 10 artists: Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Maya Hayuk, Cyrcle, Word To Mother, Miss Van, The London Police, Joram Roukes, Snik, and Evoca1. Most traveled to Berlin for the occasion, making this installment a representation of Urban Nation's international reach through its collaborators.

Urban Nation in Berlin celebrated the 8th and, reportedly, final chapter of its “Project M” exhibition series this past weekend. Curated in collaboration with London’s StolenSpace Gallery, the exhibit revealed new murals, ten large scale panels at the nearby Urban Nation office, and a collection of new works at Urban Nation’s gallery space by 10 artists: Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Maya Hayuk, Cyrcle, Word To Mother, Miss Van, The London Police, Joram Roukes, Snik, and Evoca1. Most traveled to Berlin for the occasion, making this installment a representation of Urban Nation’s international reach through its collaborators. The impact of their art in urban environments over the years inspired the title of the exhibition, “Freedom,” which was further discussed in a panel led by VNA magazine on Friday. Berlin is often coined as the “mecca of street art,” since the collapse of the Berlin Wall in the 1980s, which by then was covered in both positive and politically charged messages by German graffiti artists. Art instantly became a form of communication and expression where there was none, and a way to instill hope and rememberance to future generations. In the spirit and tradition of those artists, now freed, “Freedom”‘s  participants bring in their unique perspectives of history and present time. Their panels will be on display until the official opening of Urban Nation’s upcoming permanent collection in 2016. Take a look at our opening night coverage below.

Miss Van

Evoca1

Evoca1 (detail)

Word to Mother (detail)

Word to Mother

Cyrcle

Cyrcle

D*Face

Maya Hayuk

The London Police

The London Police, with their work on opening night. Photo credit: Birdman

Snik

Shepard Fairey

Miss Van

Miss Van, with her panel at Urban Nation’s office. Photo credit: Birdman

The London Police

Word to Mother

Shepard Fairey

Herakut

Cyrcle

The London Police, Shepard Fairey, Urban Nation director Yasha Young, and Cyrcle on opening night. Photo credit: Birdman

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