To close my series of articles about Le Mur de L’Art 2012, I want to talk about feelings and abstract things relating to street-art and graffiti.
After interviewing 35 graffiti and street artists during the last 4 days of the event, plus some interviews with other artists during the year of 2012, I try to transcribe a general feeling of all them: Street-art and graffiti are about freedom, generosity, democracy, exchange, adrenaline and self-expression.
Freedom to go to street without asking if they can, to show their art without depending on the support of galleries. Leave their message and transform the urban scenario. The challenge of not limiting their creations by the size of a regular canvas.
Generosity in giving their creations without expecting nothing back. Purity of intentions to share their work and bring happiness in people’s life. Simple and sublime.
Democracy to not select the public in advance as the traditional elitist way of showing art in galleries and museums. Art on the street is for everyone, rich and poor, it doesn’t matter the social position. A great revolution in my opinion!
Exchange to interact with people in a very spontaneous way when they are putting work on the streets. This happens every time and generates the most beautiful stories between artists and public.
Adrenaline to make something forbidden and feel alive in a world with so many squared rules.
Self-expression to have their name tagged and leave their own energy to the city, sometimes in really hard and dangerous places, what takes more adrenaline and courage.
Le Mur de L’art was a moment where street-artists had the opportunity to show and sell their work, most of them in canvas and inside a place for traditional exhibition, also to raise funds for Le M.U.R
, an important organization that have been promoting urban art since 2003.
Some of those aspects can be very contradictory with the feelings that I just describe above, making street art and graffiti loose their truly roots.
Alternative Paris is producing a documentary with the intention to discuss all those issues and trying to understand this new artistic movement that someone described as: Urban Contemporary Art.
For now, I can summarize my own perception during this event in a very positive way. Even if some natural roots of street-art are lost in events like that, it’s impossible to deny that Le Mur de L’Art was a great friend and created a constructive environment where artists, public, gallerists, collectors, photographers, journalists and filmmakers all exchanged their knowledge and energy with joy.
I hope all people involved in some way with Le Mur de L’Art during these last days, could have the same feeling that I had: It’s all about learning!
Well, nothing could fill my soul more than learning in every day life surrounded by street art universe that I’m super passionate about.
I will finish this article using the same words that Demian Smith used for the last article about Le Mur de L’Art for Alternative Paris:
Love, peace and prosperity!