Art Lords Wins Anti-Corruption Innovation Award

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Art Lords of Afghanistan, a group of Afghan activists and artists, was among the winners of the inaugural Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani anti-corruption innovation awards.
On December 9th in Vienna, Austria at the Hofburg Palace, organizations, individuals and groups from Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa were recognized at the Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards. To coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day, the winners were presented their awards by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. Afghanistan Anti-Corruption Innovation ArtLords is a grassroots movement of artists in Kabul. They have raised awareness against corruption, promoted zero tolerance and integrity through street art in the form of mural paintings. The group has produced a series of paintings of eyes on the walls, which are mostly accompanied by the slogan “I See You” and are designed as a warning to corrupt officials. The ‘I See You’ campaign consisted of seventy 30- square meter painted murals all over Kabul, including the Presidential Palace. The campaign catchphrase signifies corruption is not hidden from God and peoples gaze. To encourage innovative approaches to expose and combat corruption, the Anti-Corruption Innovation Award is granted in recognition and appreciation of alternative anti-corruption efforts that have shown effectiveness in fighting corruption, with the help of modern and distinctive techniques. ROLACC created the Anti-Corruption Innovation Award, which is given in spirit of innovation, and the use of modern and unconventional methods of fighting corruption.
 

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