May 28, 2011

Papergirl: The Art of Giving


If you find yourself on the receiving end of a rolled-up poster dispensed by a mystery cyclist any time on Saturday in the Taksim area of İstanbul, be sure not to gift it to the gutter or pass it off as promotional propaganda, because Saturday marks the first Papergirl Art Project event to be held in Turkey, a unique initiative whereby in the style of American newspaper boys/girls artwork is rolled into bundles of five pieces or more and randomly distributed by cyclists to unsuspecting pedestrians.

Now in it’s fifth year, the project was founded in 2006 by young artist Aisha Ronniger in Berlin, where following tightening laws and increasing fines for those pasting posters in public spaces, equaling those imposed for graffiti in Germany, Ronniger, then a first-year art student, brainstormed with a friend new ways to bring art into urban spaces without breaking any laws. The idea of passing out art in the streets by bicycle in the style of old-fashioned paperboys delivering newspapers was eventually brought to the table and thus the Papergirl Project was born.

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