“Homage to the past and future”, Oostende, Belgium (2016)

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“Homage to the Past and Future”

 

The city of Oostende began its great reforms in 1883. King Leopold II earned the nickname the “constructor” for his contribution to public works. These reforms were possible thanks to the large profits that were made from the king’s colony, an area sixty times larger than Belguim: the Congo. In the Congo, rubber was a resource that became precious because of its use in the automotive and bicycle industries. The king imposed high quotas on rubber production in the Congo and forced the indigenous population to comply using coercive methods and extreme violence. It is estimated that during Leopold’s years of domination about ten million natives were killed in the Congo.

“Homage to the Past and Future” is a work that talks about the heavy legacy of the past, about how societies live with the consequences of those that came before and how they build their current reality to be better. The mural is located at the urban entrance to the city, a work that perhaps Leopoldo II had not imagined at the gates of the resort town. Today, the reality is different; diversity flourishes in the city and the image is of a resident of Oostende. Humans learn from their mistakes and the future will always be better if our present remembers and pays homage to the real heroes.

 

 

The Crystal Ship is een grootschalig evenement rond kunst in de openbare ruimte en strijkt dit jaar samen met creatief talent in Oostende neer. Wereldbekende kunstenaars creëren gigantische muurschilderingen en fantastische installaties die een artistiek parcours vormen in de binnenstad. Kom naar het Achturenplein en ontvang meer informatie omtrent onze kunstroute!

Tot 10 april kon je op verschillende locaties de artiesten aan het werk zien.  Na de paasvakantie blijven de werken nog minstens 2 jaar te bezichtigen.  Er wordt een wandel- en fietsroute uitgewerkt die na het festival beschikbaar zal zijn bij Toerisme Oostende vzw.

“Personal interpretation of the death of idealism”, Graz, Austria.

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Special thanks to Axel Void for made the beatiful lettering

Livin Streets Festival

★EVER// Argentina ☛ https://eversiempre.com/ ☛ LOCATION: Taggerwerk DATE: 03.07.–13.07. STYLE: mural with mainly brush IMAGE SIZE: aprox. 300m² ACTIVITY: not active Taggertower We are looking forward to meet the argentinian painter EVER who will come to graz to paint another impressive wall at taggerwerk. his colourfull images can be found in several countries all over the world, mostly with a psychedelic touch. Next to this ever´s work has a strong connection to human desires so some of his work even may have a provocating message inside, some an almost epic feeling and communication going on. His art has a style going into classical aproach and is made most with brushes and paint rollers

“Description de l’utopie anarchiste”, Besançon, France.

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BIEN URBAIN #4 

Artistic routes through (and with) public spaces

Besançon, from 7th June, to 5th July 2014
11 rue Battant, “Chez Urbain”

 

For this fourth edition, about fifteen artists invest Besançon on an axis connecting the city center to the University campus. They create during a month, for (and with) the street, the people, the facades, the architecture, the sounds… Wall painting, installations, sound or interactive creations appear thanks to these artists motivated by the relationship between art and public space.

 

It is not about creating an open-air art gallery neither about decorating the town. Bien Urbain offers breathing times in our daily life, through visuals and sounds.

“Villa Ocupada” exhibition, Neo Muralism of Latin America, Nantes, France.

La llegada

“The Arrival”, part of the instalation at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014)

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View of the room at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014). Picture by David Gallard

El logo y la historia

“The logo and the history”, part of the instalation at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014)

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“The contradiction and the social pyramide”, part of the instalation at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014)

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View of the room at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014). Picture by David Gallard

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View of the room at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014). Picture by David Gallard

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View of the room at Villa Ocupada, exhibition (2014). Picture by David Gallard

NÉO-MURALISME : DE L’AMÉRIQUE LATINE À L’EUROPE

Avec la Bourse du Travail et les Salons Mauduit, l’édifice de la Mutualité fait partie d’un ensemble de bâtiments emblématiques de l’histoire sociale de la Ville.

A l’invitation de l’association nantaise Pick Up Production et de l’artiste nantais Kazy Usclef, une vingtaine d’artistes d’Amérique du Sud, d’Espagne et de France ont investi le bâtiment durant tout le mois de juin. Peintres, illustrateurs, plasticiens, ils ont en commun, chacun à leur manière, une culture artistique fortement influencée par le muralisme, ce mouvement pictural né au Mexique au début du 20e siècle dans le prolongement de la révolution.

Les artistes donnent à voir l’héritage d’un mouvement qui, en croisant les techniques et matériaux (feutre, aérosol, bois, ciment) s’est aussi inventé de nouveaux horizons. Du muralisme, ils ont gardé la vision d’un art populaire, facilement compréhensible et des thèmes récurrents, comme la redécouverte des racines culturelles.

L’exposition présentée ici est le fruit d’un mois de résidence artistique, intense en échanges, rencontres et collaborations. Elle offre aussi à ce bâtiment une dernière vie. L’édifice sera détruit début 2015 pour laisser place à un important projet immobilier qui remodèlera complètement le visage du quartier.

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