On the occasion of Grenoble Street Art Fest in France which occurred from the 8th to the 26th of June, French artist and activist Goin painted a controversial mural he entitled ‘Liberty Down’. The mural quickly became viral and is largely shared on the French media.
The mural represents two policemen beating up Marianne, the national symbol of the French Republic. The mural is a nod to the recent demonstrations against 49.3, also known as El Khomri Law (named after French Labour Minister) which aims at implementing new protections for French businesses and workers. Goin’s mural denounces the clashes between the police and the young demonstrators which recently occurred in France
It also targets the French government. According to the artist, French freedom is gradually being taken away from the people. French government qualified the painting as a ‘shameful mural’. The artist answered on his facebook page with a quotation from the English writer George Orwell: “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
The artist is known for being socially engaged. He is currently contributing to a collective exhibition ‘L’Art Engagé’ (Engaged Art) along with Isaac Cordal and well-known Shepard Fairey in Bayonne, France.
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