Polish-born Booklynite crochet-bomber artist Agata Oleksiak a.k.a. Olek was arrested on October 6th, 2011 charged with two counts for possession of a bladed article in a public place in London, following an encounter with a drunken man who, according to Olek, verbally and physically assaulted her. Since the start of the trial, Olek has been tagged with an ankle monitor and been placed under house arrest for over a month.
In her public plea, Olek gave her detailed account of the events, which suggest that she may have also been a victim of discrimination from her arresting officers, thus inspiring her to create this latest piece in London. Working in conjunction with Village Underground and Street Artists Against Slavery, Olek’s four panel knit graffiti quotes Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous letter from the Birmingham jail in 1963.
‘Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere’
Apparently London police believes that when a man makes unwelcome sexual advances at a woman, the only just thing to do is arrest her for carrying scissors… It’s not like she is a well-known artist that uses them for her projects or anything.
After almost a year of uncertain future, the artist was to learn her final sentence today, but in yet another bureaucratic twist, her sentence had been postponed to November 19th. And now, we wait.