Art, Civil Society


A protest is an essential way in which civil society can influence the government. The right to protest is an integral part of democracy, strongly connected with the freedom of assembly. Protests of various citizens’ movements can be organised in a form of posters or graffiti. Recently, the purpose and the meaning of graffiti have changed. There are many examples of these works of art and graffiti artists. One of them we couldn’t ignore is a famous and mysterious graffiti artist Banksy. By the way, not that long ago there was a video published on the Internet that was said to feature Banksy but I really doubt that it was authentic.

The works of this artist are not limited only to graffiti. Do you know Dismaland, an amusement park for adults? Or maybe you’ve heard of Banksy’s new project, The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem meant to promote peace and unity. Of course, there are also his spectacular graffiti. Here are some of his works.

Going back to Poland, we also have our graffiti artists. I think that many of you have seen various paintings on the walls of tenement houses and other buildings. Some of them are funny and smart, but sometimes – the other way round. But they all often attract our attention, even if it is for a short while.

Art is an inevitable part of a protest. To remember it well, we decided to paint our own protest graffiti. Today, segregating litter is obligatory, but unfortunately not all of our neighbours respect this rule. This is why we prepared a stencil of a man throwing paper into a waste segregation bin. We painted our graffiti next to waste containers, so we hope this will remind some of our neighbours about segregating litter.

sztuka protestu


  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • penknife
  • spray paint

How to do it

P.S. If you want to paint your own graffiti, choose a place wisely to make sure that it will be viewed as art and not as an act of vandalism.