‘Remix’ or plagiarism? Artists battle over a Chicago mural of Michelle Obama.

Derek Hawkins writes for the Washington Post on a case of a work of art stolen and painted on a wall in Chicago. Read on for a brief excerpt...

 Instagram post of the original digital artwork stolen and painted on a Southside Chicago wall. The painter who used the original without permission raised $12,000 to fund the painting.

Instagram post of the original digital artwork stolen and painted on a Southside Chicago wall. The painter who used the original without permission raised $12,000 to fund the painting.

"Gelila Mesfin, an Ethiopian art student in New York, had long admired Michelle Obama — her grace, her stoicism, and perhaps more than anything, her influence as a role model for black women.

So last year, as a tribute to the first lady, Mesfin drew a digital portrait depicting Obama in a gold and green Egyptian headdress. She uploaded the image to her Instagram account with the caption, “Forever Queen.”

That was in November, just before the 2016 election.

On Friday, more than five months later, an almost identical version of Mesfin’s work showed up as a mural on a building on Chicago’s South Side, just blocks from where Obama grew up.

No one had contacted Mesfin about the mural. Nor had anyone credited her."

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