BANANAS, BANGLES, BAGS & BOMBS

Grafitti Artist Chu and peaceBOMB get down with the ATT

Amnesty International has collaborated with Graffiti Artist Chu and Article 22 – peaceBOMB – to produce some amazing one off limited editions only available at Amnesty’s shop at Boxpark to increase awareness of the ongoing negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

There are more international laws on the trade of bananas than conventional weapons, like AK-47s!!

UK veteran graffiti artist Chu, renowned for his ‘Your Mum Rang’ campaign has collaborated with Amnesty in producing a sticker to highlight the plea of Amnesty, “disarm the dictator and protect the human” as well as a limited edition canvas bag.  Also available for a limited time only will be Chu’s infamous, ‘Polite Line’ tape, which debuted at Banksy’s Santas Ghetto back in 2003. Chu adds, “Banana armour, really saying something”.

Polite Line Tape by Chu

Limited Edition -­‐ “Disarm The Dictator, Protect The Human” sticker by Chu

Amazingly, there are more international laws on the trade of bananas than conventional weapons, like AK-­‐47s. The global trade in bananas or banana plants is governed by at least three binding global agreements and the non-­‐binding, though strictly adhered to, Codex food code. The arms trade is not governed by any binding global agreements.

Available only at the Amnesty@Boxpark store or when you purchase any banana inspired food delight at participating stores at Boxpark; Chop’d, Foxcroft & Ginger, Crussh and Cybercandy – limited stock only.

Article 22peaceBOMB –project provides livelihood for local artisans who make jewellery and pays for land mines areas to be cleared in Laos.  The bangles and coin wraps combine human ingenuity and aluminum war scrap mental to create bracelets that tell a story about their makers and the legacies of shared history.  Founder Elizabeth Suda’s comments, “Article 22, is named after Article 22 in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fittingly our products are the antithesis of the fashion industry’s factory-produced wares. Instead, we find local artisans and collaborate with them on handcrafted goods with provocative stories about their origins—like this one about her newest offering, peaceBOMB bracelets”.  Each bracelet available at Amnesty@Boxpark is engraved with the message, “dropped and made in Laos”.  A purchase of each bangle pays for 3 meters of land to be cleared.

Article 22 - peaceBOMB bracelet

Lara Woolston, Head of Retail for Amnesty International comments, “Amnesty shop looks to push the boundaries of our human rights work on to the high street so that we can inspire new people to join us. We stock exciting and interesting products that, while being great things in their own right, give people pause for thought. Our key priority at present is our campaign for a Bullet Proof Arms Trade Treaty. Right now we are at the United Nations in New York working hard to make this become a reality as the treaty is negotiated. Support our work to control the arms trade by buying and using our specially commissioned bag designed by artist Chu. Or you could buy a beautiful bangle or wrist coin wrap made for us by peaceBomb”

Whats the ATT?

In 1978 the United Nations General Assembly urged “major arms supplier and recipient countries to consult on the limitations of all types of international transfers of conventional arms”. In 1991, the General Assembly called for more specific measures in relation to the international arms trade, urging “Member States to ensure that they have in place an adequate body of laws and administrative machinery for regulating and monitoring effectively their transfer of arms, to strengthen or adopt strict measures for their enforcement, and to cooperate at the international, regional and sub-regional levels to harmonize, where appropriate, relevant laws, regulations and administrative procedures as well as their enforcement measures…”3 Nearly 30 years later, these calls to action are coming to fruition as discussions on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) progress at the UN, with the General Assembly deciding in 2010 “to convene a United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty …to elaborate a legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms.” The Conference on the ATT is being held from July 2nd-27th 2012.

Thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the unregulated global arms trade. The Control Arms campaign is a global civil society alliance calling for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty: a global, legally binding agreement that will ease the suffering caused by irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons and munitions.

1 MILLION GUNS ARE REPORTED OR STOLEN EVERY YEAR AROUND THE WORLD
2 BULLETS ARE PRODUCED EACH YEAR FOR EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET
1 IN 10 PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD POSSESSES SMALL ARMS
2 OF 3 PEOPLE KILLED BY ARMED VIOLENCE DIE IN COUNTRIES AT PEACE
747000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY ARMED VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR

 

Chu

Explores (literally) new perspectives and embracing computer-aided technologies, Chu’s work has continued to push back the boundaries of graffiti since he first began experimenting with aerosol paint & home computers in the late 1980’s describing his creations as gently reminding us of the everyday conflict between digital and analogue devices.

During his 30 years of experience He has successfully gained a reputation working with some of the most culturally influential artists of our time. Projects with Banksy and Jamie Hewlett, collaborating at the Swiss Embassy in London and for the groundbreaking opera ‘Monkey Journey to the west.’ being a few of the highlights he is humbly proud to mention. An ardent defender in the use of aerosol paint since 1988, starting out in the midlands Walsall and now living in London pursuing a studio career Chu has contributed cutting edge creations on public works, various galleries and group shows around the UK.

 

PROJECT PEACEBOMB combines human ingenuity and aluminum non-war and war scrap metal to create bracelets that tell a story about their makers and the legacies of our shared history: the Secret War, 1964-1973, during the Vietnam conflict which left Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. 30% of the bombs dropped did not detonate

At the current rate of removal, it will take an estimated 800 years to clear the unexploded ordnance or UXO

The majority of UXO in Laos are cluster bombs

The US, China, Brazil, and other global leaders have not signed the treaty to ban the production, use, and stockpiling of cluster munitions.  A bracelet. :A story about war and peace. Destruction and reconstruction. History. Instead of words, this story is composed of fragments of bombs, melted and shaped into a circle, a bracelet, a reminder.

1973.  – Laos. A major theatre of war during the Vietnam conflict, the US has ceased its 9-year long aerial bombardment known as the Secret War intended to halt the spread of communism across Indochina. Communist Lao leaders and 23,000 civilians slowly emerge from homes carved in the karst cave complexes of Houaphan Province.

1975 – War is over. Saigon has fallen to the North Vietnamese Army. Victory within near reach, the Pathet Lao advance westward. A lone man from Houaphan also moves west. He journeys through the emerald-mountain passes toward the bomb-cratered Plain des Jars.

Naphia Village, Laos – The man makes a temporary home. He collects scrap metal from farmland and forest scarred by war debris from the 250-260 million bombs that were dropped. He crafts spoons from aluminum melted in an earthen kiln and cast in hand-sculpted molds of wood and ash.

Villagers watch, listen, learn – The first Naphia resident learns the trade from the lone traveler. He crafts and sells spoons. Eventually, he teaches the technique to his son. Today, 10 resourceful and enterprising families supplement subsistence farming activities with income from repurposing scrap metal. Through resourcefulness and problem solving, they take a constructive approach to a legacy of destruction.

2009 – peaceBOMB bracelets. Developed through the collaboration of spoon makers, the RISE Project, and ARTICLE 22, a social enterprise that supports sustainable development through design thinking. Each bracelet purchase brings: helps support artisan families, the community development fund, and clearance of unexploded ordnance from Lao land.

NOW. -BUY BACK THE BOMBS.

LIMITED EDITIONS – LIMITED STOCK – so get down to Amnesty@Boxpark and HELP PROTECT THE HUMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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