A real street art town opened its doors in a former fortification of Paris in the framework of the In Situ Art Festival. This curious place should definitely be on your checklist for this summer!
Shortly after its opening the In Situ Art Festival at Fort d’Aubervilliers has already welcomed more than 26,000 visitors. The numerous works of 50 street artists spread over 2 acres of a former industrial wasteland. This colorful universe will be visible every weekend till the end of September 2014. And on the 13th of September the visitors will even witness a real hip-hop battle!
For those who want to know what to expect at the In Situ Art Festival – here is a short list of masterpieces of all sizes, dimensions, crazy styles and curious techniques:
- 4 monumental murals on the facades of buildings
- 1 parking painted on 1200m²
- 15 Twingos covered with graffiti
- 10 calcined vans
- 12 painted alcoves
- hundreds of meters of fences and colorful walls
To showcase the Fort d’Aubervilliers, the Association Art en Ville has chosen to invite amazing urban artists to work around a common theme: the transition. Ideal to emphasize the conversion of the site, which evokes the practice of graffiti and street art.
Among the participants are such amazing artists as the legendary Jef Aerosol and Btoy, David Walker and his breathtaking portraits, Kan and his optical illusions, Da Cruz and his colorful Incas, Katre and Kenor with their ability to transform the space by perfectly mastering its architecture, and also the famous light painter Marko-93. You can also discover the stylish Levalet and his gangsters, Dan 23, Jorge R. Gerada, Sixo, Stoul, Benjamin Laading, OnOff, astonishing creations by Borondo, entertaining LeCyklop and Bastek, inspiring Jimmy C and many others…
If with the project of the Tour Paris 13 we had a whole street art building to visit, with the In Situ Art Festival we now have a whole Fort!
No wonder that we mentioned the Tour Paris 13, as some of the artists that participated in one of the biggest street art projects of the century also helped to transform Fort d’Aubervilliers with their fearless creative ideas.
Upon its emergence in the 1960s, urban art affects spaces in transformation: whether to denounce the violence of urban development or emphasize the transitory nature of things, the pioneers of the movement willingly paint at the wasteland sites, abandoned buildings and constructions slated for demolition.
When sweeping to Paris in the early 1980s, graffiti does not really change its initial target. Among the legendary places painted by the first generations of graffiti artists are, for example, the construction site of the Louvre Pyramid and its fences, or the wasteland of la Chapelle.
During this epoch a number of artists, such as Rachid Khimoune, paint at the workshops at the Fort. Located out of sight, these abandoned urban places offer artists as much space as they want to practice safely. Destined for transformation, they represent the ephemeral art in constant motion.
At the same time, the site hosts all kinds of events related to urban culture. Among them, the first hip hop festival to emerge in France, held in 1984!
Following the footsteps of these experiences, the ambition of the In Situ Art Festival is to contextualize the artistic interventions to uncover the past of the Fort and foreshadow its future.
Art en Ville has provided the street artists with the peculiar history of the Fort, since its military epoch, its car scrap yard times and various other periods.
It is this transition that reflects most of the works created in the framework of the In Situ Art Festival. If wrecked cars scattered on the site evoke its past usage, the variety of media (graffiti, stencils, posters, etc..) and numerous portraits – women, children, couples and also animals – painted by artists in the residence, outline the future of the Fort and shape an ecosystem deriving its wealth from its diversity.
Olivier Landes, the founder of the Association Art en Ville, is convinced that urban art is able to change the city. He perfectly sums up the whole beauty of this project: “Urban art has an immense potential of city beautification. It offers countless supports destined to reception the works. Gray, dark, naked walls are waiting for nothing more than a burst of color, message and emotion!” We could not agree more.
In Situ Art Festival
174 avenue Jean Jaurès at Aubervilliers
Opened on Saturdays and Sundays
From 14h00 to 19h30 till the end of September 2014