In August 2010 Sowat & Lek, from France’s DMV crew organised forty French artists to paint out the inside of an abandoned 430,000 square foot supermarket in North Paris. For a year, an illegal artistic residency took place, documented by photo and film and by collecting detritus from the huge squatted complex which has been brought together in this new exhibition in Paris’ 13th arrondissement.
Lek & Sowat tell us that what remains of the site close to Parc de Villette is “a temple dedicated to a disappearing underground culture, slowly being replaced by street art and its global pop aesthetics”.
The project includes work by the following artists:
Apotre, Bims, Blo, Bom.k, Boyane, Brusk, Butterfly, Clickclacker, Dem189, Domone, Fleo, Gilbert1, Gris1, Hobz, Honda, Jayone, Jaw, J.P, Kan, Katre, Keboy, Lek, Manyak, Monsieur Qui, O’Clock, Omick, Onde, Outside, Paum/Sarin, Rems, Res, Romi, R. Skyronka, Sambre, Seth, Shook, Siao, Skio, Smo, Sowat, Spei, Swiz, Tcheko, Thias, and Wxyz.
An installation inspired by and made using materials from the site of the “Mausoleum” is now open to view by the public, and the accompanying book, can be bought online, here.
The project is essentially the brainchild of artist Sowat. He was assisted by Lek, and the video was edited by Kan.
Picture found at the North Paris site and framed as part of the exhibition
The show finishes on 14 April and is from 3.00 pm to 8pm, at the following address:
11 rue Marie-Andrée Lagroua-Weil-Halle, Paris 75013
(enter by the front gate of a residential apartment complex, and enter through the first door on your left),
Métro/Rer: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand