DAZED: Know Hope tattooed his street art on people

23. August 2016, Tel Aviv

The Israeli wordsmith/artist – famous for his fragmented poems – tattooed his street art on to 24 people for his latest exhibition.

Know Hope likes paronomasia. You might have guessed from his name that he likes to play with words – his street interventions often centre on fragmented poems, phrases that hang on surfaces like aphorisms for an elegiac generation. From writing (and drawing) on walls and building installations in the street and in galleries (he currently has solo gigs up in Paris and Tel Aviv), the artist has moved his art to another interactive medium: people.

Continually interested in what defines and defies the parameters of communication between people and places, and how meaning is transferred and disseminated, his latest project in his hometown,Truth and Method – for which he tattooed 24 strangers – is his most emotive exploration yet.

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