Awareness and Prevention Through Art aptART are back again with ‘Paint outside the lines’, an international street art campaign, highlighting the importance of inclusive and diverse communities.
This year aptART launched ‘Paint Outside The Lines’ project in Lebanon, working with youth from Syria, Palestine and Lebanon together to paint walls across Beirut and inside refugee camps to promote coexistence, with support from Montana Cans (official).
We last saw them in Lebanon with Ernesto Maranje’s latest mural ‘The Rhino and the Oxpecker‘. Now aptART have teamed up with Kevin Ledo for his latest mural ‘Facing the Future’ in Beirut, the capital and largest city of Lebanon.
“It is difficult to move through the streets of Beirut without seeing traces of war. Bullet and mortar holes scar the walls of neighbourhoods. They are physical reminder of decades of battles between different groups vying for power along ethnic, religious and political lines.” aptART
“Remembering the past, but looking to the future, we gathered youth living around a wall that has been the front line between several battles since the 1970s. The future is in the hands of the youth and inspiring them to hope together for a better world is critical for peace.” aptART
“Working with Lebanese youth and newly arrived Syrian refugees, Kevin Ledo painted a portrait of a young girl with bright eyes facing defiantly forward to the future.” aptART
“After a workshop about what each individual youth envisions in their future, they painted their ideas inside the body of the young girl.” aptART
“She is filled with aspirations for a peace, a clean environment and people seeking a better life.” aptART
“The bullet holes are still visible but a child’s face overlays the damage of previous generations as she faces an unknown future brimming with possibility.” aptART
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