edtwist portfolio – grant barber

01/05/2011A2 Magazine, Czech Republic

Illustration accompanying an article about the history of squatting for the Czech publication A2 magazine.

The image depicts a familiar child-like drawing showing police with riot shields and truncheons intimidating a young family who are living in a boarded-up house. Attached to a fridge with magnetic letters from the Early Learning Centre.

The article described the story of soldiers arriving home after the Second World War who, with anywhere to live, claimed abandoned houses for shelter.

This instigated the movement and social necessity we now know as ‘squatting’.