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From 13 January to 30 June 2019
It is on its walls that the Musée de l'Homme gives free rein to the imagination of nine street artists to illustrate articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Musée de l'Homme
17 Place du Trocadéro
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Every Sunday from mid-January to mid-February, attend the birth of a work before your eyes. Nine street artists are invited to reinterpret an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- January 13: Performance of Zag & Sìa
- January 20: Performance of Lek & Sowat
- January 27: Installation of Goin's work (cancellation of the installation of Swoon's work)
- February 3: Installation of Madame's work in the presence of the artist
- February 10: Denis Meyers' performance
Six œuvres feront ainsi leur apparition dans le musée et sont à découvrir du 13 février au 30 juin 2019.
Mouvement protéiforme et mondial, le street art est devenu un incontournable de la scène artistique contemporaine. Street art, art urbain, graffiti, sont autant de noms pour désigner une pratique créative sinon artistique emblématique de la revendication humaine et de sa conquête de liberté. C’est aussi l’art de la dénonciation des maux de notre société. Pour commémorer les 70 ans de la signature de la Déclaration, le Musée de l’Homme a souhaité amener ce geste revendicatif dans ses murs pour rappeler à chacun et notamment à la jeunesse que nos droits en tant que citoyens ont souvent été acquis par des luttes.
Qu’ils aient déjà une grande renommée ou qu’ils soient des talents émergents, ces artistes représentent les tendances actuelles du street art, avec d’une part le courant pictural, porté sur la composition colorée et d’autre part le graffiti favorisant le jeu typographique. Ils ont aussi été sélectionnés pour mettre en valeur la diversité des techniques employées dans les rues : peinture et collages, sérigraphie, pochoir, anamorphose
As part of the En Droits! season, this young graphic designer-illustrator has designed creative and educational signage in the spirit of "graphics of general interest". Occasionally intervening, he accompanies the visitor through the museum. Her interventions highlight the transformation of spaces over time and performances, functioning as a common thread, guiding the visitor through the different exhibition spaces invested by the artists. He is also the creator of the visual identity for the entire season.
Passionate about political posters that carry messages of resistance and hope on the streets, Régis Léger, alias Dugudus, continues this tradition today with his paw as a graphic designer-illustrator, offering a new identity with a committed image. To encourage the public to reflect on the challenges of our current society with humour and sometimes provocation, this is the approach of this young committed graphic designer, who has worked with the Estienne School, the Gobelins and the Higher Institute of Design in Havana.
Zag et Sìa
PERFORMANCE ON JANUARY 13TH
Zag and Sìa have always advocated a freedom to paint. The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights is a privileged moment to affirm this artistic freedom.
They have chosen to represent article 25 on the right to a standard of living adequate to meet one's needs (health, food...). This article echoes a traumatic episode in Sìa's life. The work will be built around a character from Géricault's "Raft of the Medusa". This performance will be performed on Plasti'Graff, in collaboration with the Ateliers du Graff.
Zag and Sìa met more than 10 years ago.
Inspired by the one who very quickly became his Muse, Zag abandoned his studio and took to the streets to paint it on stairs, mainly. These works addressed various aspects of Sìa's life, often tragic, that she had been able to tackle with courage. From now on, Sìa inspires, but also paints alongside Zag who passes on his knowledge to him. Together they acquired a rare mastery of anamorphosis by creating their works on stairs. Their work today has multiple inspirations, combining poetic and symbolic dimensions, but also paying tribute to the great masters.
Lek & Sowat
PERFORMANCE ON JANUARY 20
"We have chosen to work on the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because while it is by far the most well-known and ambitious, it is also the one that most questions our intimate beliefs. Indeed, how can we maintain our faith in these principles of equality, dignity and fraternity when everything in our lives, the world around us or any current cycle to which we pay attention, seems to challenge these foundations of living together. To illustrate this article, we have chosen to work directly on the walls of the Musée de l'Homme, directly on its walls. With the help of adhesive tapes and previously printed letters, we intend to deconstruct, both visually and grammatically, the first article of the declaration in order to question its content.
Working in pairs since 2010, Lek & Sowat push the limits of traditional graffiti, their in situ installations combine architectural abstractions, ephemeral installations and videos. In 2012, the Mausoleum project, which saw them clandestinely gather 40 urban artists in an abandoned shopping centre, would later open the doors of the Lasco Project at the Palais de Tokyo to them. Since then, they have multiplied their projects abroad (India, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Europe...) as well as collaborations with artists from as diverse backgrounds as the beat poet John Giorno, stylists Agnès b and Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Graffiti pioneers Futura, Mode2 and JonOne or Jacques Villeglé, precursor of street art. It is with the latter that they carry out the "Tracés Directs" project, the first graffiti work to be included in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. In 2016, they were the first graffiti artists to join the prestigious Villa Medici in Rome as boarders.
Swoon presents his work Braddock Steel to the Musée de l'Homme as an illustration of Article 23 on labour law. Braddock Steel is a tribute to workers in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a city that was once a steel stronghold, has suffered the decline of its industry and fallen into poverty. Swoon depicts a portrait of a steel worker, whose features are inspired by a trade unionist from the region at the beginning of the century. As is often the case in his work, the subject merges with his environment, as if to form an allegory. Here, the architecture of the factory blends with the worker's body. Standing, his eyes pensive, he is leaning on his factory, whose every step of the production process can be seen.
Callie Curry, aka Swoon, creates installations and sculpture assemblies, merging art and activism with the aim of improving the world. "I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself," she explains, "I wanted to embrace the world. This desire led her art to the streets where, since 1999, Swoon has been pasting life-size portraits of ordinary city dwellers on walls in New York and other cities. Swoon takes a humanitarian approach to art and has contributed to the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Installation of the work on January 27, 2019.
Goin chose to illustrate article 18, on freedom of thought, conscience and religion. "Freedom of thought is for me the most fundamental and sacred of freedoms. It is the first and last bulwark against barbarism, without it, there is no freedom... My creation will be made on canvas with a black and white stencil. ».
A worthy representative of the original spirit of punk, militant and anarchic, Goin advocates a new humanist activism. Emancipation, liberation and rebellion are deeply rooted in his work. Developed with a dark sense of humour and visceral energy, Goin's work encourages people to think for themselves about the ills of our society. Armed with paint cans and stencils, he diverts icons, slogans that have become landmarks. Putty riot presents Putin as Pussy riot and Lady Gaza, a revisited Statue of Liberty, discuss the relationship between "foreign news" and Western culture. Goin educates as much as he criticizes good thinking, fascism, religions, the New World Order...
Installation of the work in the presence of the artist on February 3, 2019
Madam illustrates article 5 against torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.
"The idea[of my work] to highlight the absurdity of violence"
On a period wooden crate wall, affixed on each side, collages answer each other, a sentence will run throughout the installation, thus encouraging the visitor to go around, to discover all the details of the work. The artist's technique, mixing collage, reappropriation of old images, text and painting is unique in the urban artistic landscape.
An actress and scenographer by training, Madame quickly redirected herself towards the plastic arts, sculpture, painting, then gradually collage. With various materials (paper, wood, metal, fabric, etc.), Madame deconstructs ancient iconography to make it speak of today. His half-human, half-animal characters accompany brief sentences with simple messages. His style is colourful, absurd and plays with memories.
Madam always sets up her collages during the day. What she likes is the contact with curious passers-by. With his work, the artist hopes to surprise, make passers-by smile and, if possible, make them think about current topics.
Performance on February 10
"I have voluntarily chosen to work on Article 26, which talks about education. For me, education is essential, in general and even more so in disadvantaged neighbourhoods or countries. Education, the learning of a trade, a craft, is a fundamental if a society aims to evolve, share, and not exclude anyone. »
Dénis Meyers, born in 1979 in Tournai, lives and works in Brussels. Urban and multiple artist, he is known for his frescoes or facial stickers, printed and cut by hand and then spread throughout the city or elsewhere. He claims to be a typographer.
Dénis Meyers signs a collection of sweaters and T-shirts for the spring-summer 2016 collection of the Belgian brand Bellerose. Previously, he also collaborated on charitable projects (AIDS Prevention Platform, Make-A-Wish,...) and painted on many media: skateboards, bicycle frames, beer glasses for Duvel or live painting at key events. As a committed artist, he gives great importance to arts education. He has, among other things, led creative workshops, based on teaching drawing and silkscreen printing to disadvantaged children in Brussels.