Articles by Paul Schmelzer

The Victory Garden Trike in action in San Francisco

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Practical propaganda: Amy Franceschini reinvents the Victory Garden

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Practical propaganda: Amy Franceschini reinvents the Victory Garden

Amy Franceschini is my favorite kind of propagandist: she creates enticing imagery you can’t help but rally around, but backs it up with dirt-under-the-fingernails pragmatism in service of a nearly …

Detail of an altered ad by "Princess Hajib"

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Where’s all the rightwing street art?

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Where’s all the rightwing street art?

Learning of Princess Hijab—a Paris-based street artist who culturejams advertisements to include her namesake headscarf—an old question came to mind: where are all the rightwing graffiti artists, stencil afficionados, and …

Chakkrit Chimnok at a cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Paul Schmelzer)

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Chakkrit Chimnok’s banana-leaf utopia

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Chakkrit Chimnok’s banana-leaf utopia

Chakkrit Chimnok dreams of a “banana world,” a utopia in which overlooked or discarded items — specifically, the ubiquitous banana leaves that litter the streets in his home city of …

Michael Rakowitz, "paraSITE," 1998-present.

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Transcending protest: Looking for pragmatic or poetic art of change

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Transcending protest: Looking for pragmatic or poetic art of change

This weekend I went to an opening at The Soap Factory, a scrappy and often-excellent nonprofit art space a block or so off Minneapolis’ riverfront. The description of the work, …