Peace of Wall
Street Art from East Timor
The images and words adorning the walls of East Timor reflect the country's tumultuous history, precarious present and hopeful future. They endow the social landscape with a rawness and honesty absent from their media, and echo the struggle towards new nationhood. Peace of Wall is widely contradictory, emotionally charged, instantly engaging and consistently dramatic. It's life in East Timor.
Chris Parkinson spent four years living and working in East Timor. Throughout this time, he documented the changing political and social climate in East Timor through its street art. He amassed over 3000 photographs and hundreds of hours of interviews.
Peace of Wall showcases a selection of these inspirational stories and artwork.
Praise for Peace of Wall
'Everyone should read it.' West Australian
'Deeply moving and beautifully presented, the raw expression here tells the harrowing and inspirational story of East Timor.' Anthony LaPaglia
'An evocative piece of photojournalism - capturing an important moment in East Timor's history through its walls.' Tristan Manco, author and graffiti documentarian
Chris Parkinson spent four years working in film, with refugees and on gender in East Timor. Throughout these four years he documented the shifting walls of the country and interviewed the numerous individuals participating in East Timor's most freely accessed media - graffiti. His photographic collection is the only documented collection of graffiti from East Timor.
Visit his blog here.