Banksy video asks that we stand #WithSyria on third anniversary of conflict

0 Posted by - March 13, 2014 - Blog, Screen, Visual art

This week marks the third anniversary of the crisis in Syria, and a new campaign involving Banksy asks that we stand in solidarity with Syrians.

#WithSyria asks the public to place pressure on political leaders to “do everything they can to make this the last anniversary marked by bloodshed.” The campaign takes graphic inspiration from Banksy’s iconic Balloon Girl, which was reworked into a young Syrian refugee and placed into a video featuring Idris Elba and English alternative rock act Elbow.

“Banksy’s iconic “Girl with the Red Balloon” is a picture of hope,” explains the #WithSyria website. “The red balloon carries the girl above and away from the chaos below, beyond the burnt-out buildings and bullet-potted walls.”

The campaign, which will involve a series of actions such as balloon releases, illuminating iconic buildings, and public vigils, involves dozens of organizations across the globe, such as Amnesty International, Care, Friends of the Earth, War Child and Oxfam.

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