Oscars Racism Boycott To Be Obscured By London Street Artist Pegasus

An acclaimed street artist from London is set to obscure the entrance of the Oscars in Los Angeles with an art installation responding to the #OscarsSoWhite celebrity boycotts.

Pegasus will be exhibiting a giant three metre square mural outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the 88th Academy Awards are set to take place on February 28.

The work is titled "I got 99 problems but an Oscar ain't one" and depicts an malnourished baby sitting in a broken bathtub clutching on to an Academy Award.

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It was created as a response to announcements by a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Will Smith and Spike Lee, who said they will boycott the ceremony because, for the second year running, no black or minority actors have been nominated for either of the four acting categories.

Pegasus, whose work (Fallen Angel) became a shrine to Amy Winehouse following her death, said:

"I am against all forms of discrimination, but I feel the actors and actresses who are a part of the privileged Hollywood system should consider the fact that we have many more pressing matters at hand in our world today."

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The canvas print, which first appeared on a street corner in Shoreditch, London, will be hung for in a visible spot on Hollywood Boulevard days ahead of the Oscars – or until security remove it.

Pegasus hopes it will hang long enough to make an impact. "I simply wanted to give a voice to the unheard by touching on one of many issues involving extreme poverty and world hunger," he adds.

I got 99 problems but an O$car ain't one, by London street artist Pegasus. Stencil in Shoreditch, London, February 2016.

I got 99 problems but an O$car ain't one, by London street artist Pegasus. Stencil in Shoreditch, London, February 2016. (Photo: AP)

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From July, Pegasus will be touring his upcoming solo show, titled My Gods & Monsters, from its debut in London to Los Angeles, Berlin, Cape Town and Tokyo.

Read more -> Street artist Pegasus on pop culture, Warhol and Winehouse

By Matthew Kirby, published on 23/02/2016

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