Street art is perhaps the most subversive of art forms. It asks for no permission. The whole world its gallery. Limitations of funds incubates innovative forms. In fact, the only real limitations are one’s imagination and daring. As Banksy (who once bailed out Voina members) noted in his street art manifesto, “Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.”
All of the above conditions and more allowed Moscow’s anarchist art collective Voina to imagine painting a cock on a drawbridge, or simulate sex (or was it un-simulated?) at a museum to protest Dmitry Medvedyev. Now Voina wants to encourage others to enter the street art world.
For the 7th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Voina is acting as curators and calling for street art submissions. As the collective writes on their blog, “The basis of our curatorial activity in the Berlin Biennale is this: we work without any limitations, and the Berlin Biennale hasn’t mandated any kind of frame.” And, in a truly sublime moment of hilarious subversion, Voina writes, “All our actions as curators have an official status; we act as associate curators of the Biennale, and the government has to accept this. Our most recent actions were radical. The rulers don’t dare to bring charges against us; they will probably not arrest the entire Berlin Biennale.”
According to Art Threat, artists must submit proposals (photo and video documentation) of either innovative graffiti, radical street installation, or provocative performance/action in a public space. Proposals are to be sent to Voina (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 1, 2012. The street art will be displayed on Voina’s blog as part of the Berlin Biennale.