One of the things I was more excited to visit in Berlin was the East Side Gallery. I had heard about the street art in the city and my expectations regarding this particular gallery were high. I love the idea of artists from around the world coming together to turn something with such a negative meaning into something completely new and worthy of admiration.
However, I was shocked by the vandalism in the walls when I got there. What about a little respect? The East Side Gallery is a landmark for many reasons… and it was painted by talented artists, so people could recall the History and also aim for better times, more colorful ones, expecting nations united, peace and freedom. Maybe the concept of freedom is still misunderstood by too many people. They never felt on their skin what is to live in repression, not being able to express their true feelings, their beliefs, their ideas… not being allowed to be with whom we want to be, to read what you want to read, to produce any piece of art without restriction. I don’t know what that is either. I am lucky enough for that.
There is no freedom if we destroy the work done by others with passion and talent. If we want to express our art there are other ways to do it. Vandalism in no art at all. Moreover, these people who insist on damaging the east side gallery, are also preventing me and so many other people to admire the work done by amazing artists who actually deserve to be celebrated and not being overshadowed by meaningless risks and drawings made by idiotic people who probably have nothing better to do that being stupid.