Walls of Kindness

Mobasher Niqui

Untreated walls in big cities in Iran has become the field of expressive action for a society that is getting used to express itself indirectly. The walls are the screens of hackings and graffitis, they has become the speaking displays for the tendencies less under attention in the formal milieu.

Wall of Kindness (wok) is an urban hacking that came into notice in the winter of 2016 in many cities. A simple “urban set” that abruptly replicated through different cities. The act was occupied and in certain cases reproduced in an over-acting manner by the municipalities and formal institutions and became a symbolic gesture during its spread. The wok vanished very fast from the public attention in less than a year.

This article studies wok wall hacks through the other examples of expressive action on the untreated walls. The spontaneous and popular case of the wall of kindness (wok) besides the formally commissioned urban murals and the underground informal graffitis.

Funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Senate Department of Culture.

Shared Cities: Creative Momentum (SCCM) is a European cultural platform addressing the contemporary urban challenges of European cities. SCCM is a joint project of Goethe-Institut (DE), Czech Centres (CZ), reSITE (CZ), Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (SK), Association of Belgrade Architects (RS), Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre – KÉK (HU), Katowice City of Gardens (PL), KUNSTrePUBLIK (DE), Mindspace (HU), Old Market Hall Alliance (SK), Res Publica – Cities Magazine (PL). Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.