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Lopez Link: Artist draws out the kids of Calauan | CNN: Slums to cities: street art’s Pied Piper

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Lopez Link: Artist draws out the kids of Calauan | CNN: Slums to cities: street art’s Pied Piper
From Lopez Link: The office of Culture and Design (OCD), in collaboration with Lopez Group Foundation Inc. (LGFI) and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.’s Bantay Bata program, held the 21st drawing class of its homeschool program for underprivileged children in Calauan, Laguna. Calauan is where the displaced residents residing on the Pasig River shoreline are being relocated by the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig project.

Kaid Ashton, who taught the 100 disadvantaged children attending the Laguna homeschool, is a Canadian photographer and street artist based in Asia.

OCD is an art, architecture and design consultancy for real estate developers with a taste for design-forward spaces, and corporate entities looking to fund communication-savvy cultural offers within their CSR programs. OCD also helps artists and public/ private institutions come together to bring contemporary cultural projects to fruition.

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CNN: Slums to cities: street art’s Pied Piper

Another humid summer night in Hong Kong and another fly-poster is discretely pasting what looks like a photograph of an emaciated girl onto a wall on a busy side street.

But this is no ordinary fly-poster.

He is unassuming Canadian street artist Kaid Ashton, and the subject in the print is a young girl he recently photographed in the Filipino capital, Manila.

For the past seven years he’s been traveling to some of the world’s most dangerous slums documenting the people he meets with his camera. He then posts his work on walls around the cities he visits.

Now he’s in Hong Kong, bringing his images of slum life to the busy streets of one of Asia’s financial hubs. One of the world’s wealthiest cities may seem an incongruous setting for Ashton’s work — but that’s what he wants.
His current project, “People in Poverty,” consists of 30 intimate portraits snapped during Ashton’s travels to some of Asia’s poorest places — including the Tondo district and Maharlika settlement of Manila, Philippines. Ashton prints the photographs on wallpaper-like material before sticking them outdoors using a technique known as “wheatpasting.”

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