Cities of hope Festival is a Street Art convention which brought 9 of the worlds best artists to Manchester with the aim to force witness to 9 key social justice issues. Each artist and issue is being linked to a vital local organisation that fights to help the lives of those affected by the issues.
Axel Void painted this piece as part of his “Gray” series. Sisyphus, written over the wall, is a king from Greek mythology that was punished by Zeus to roll a boulder up a hill and watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity.
Albert Campus in 1942 wrote “The Myth of Sisyphus” where he related this punishment to the human condition in the absurd search for meaning.
This mural talks about this condition from an existentialist approach. The image portrays a girl having a smile forced by someone’s hands. This proposes a metaphor to the pursuit of happiness and who we are as people. Our redundant ways, throughout history and presently, of masking this futile search.
“Every time a man is begotten and born the clock of human life is wound up anew, to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played out innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations” Arthur Schopenhauer.
Axel Void also delivered an interesting lecture at Manchester University. In a room full of attendees he discussed a range of issues including the difference between the contemporary art scene and working in the streets. This was his first public lecture in the UK.
Final shots by Axel Void – WIP shots by Julie