Urban art has, from now on, its letters of nobility, recognized artists, institutional sponsors … Walls-museums with organized visits … But it will be question here only of the urban art as means of expression popular in the form of graffiti, texts or images, painted or glued.
These graffiti flourish around the world, works, sometimes signed, more or less ephemeral, erased, overloaded or completely covered.
Wild exedrcise, undisciplined, most often on unauthorized media, walls, storefronts, trucks … accessible to the realization and understanding of all … free, without any censorship other than that of authors who pass or not to the act, which may be covered or contested by other graffiti writers.
Reflections in the form of texts / drawings offered to the passers-by, philosophical, political, protesting, tender, disrespectful, poetic, romantic, humorous, naive, delusional, utopian or cruel, they give to see the murmur of the city (1). These images will disappear, in eight days, in a month, in a year, in an obsolescence generally not programmed but assumed, which does not depend on the quality, artistic or literary … but most often of the activity of other graffiti writers in need of expression, exposure … or private or institutional owners ..
However, some will survive longer thanks to the patient, passionate work of those who collect them, archive them, publish them in books … (2)
The images, presented below, were collected at random walks, mainly in Paris, Belleville, East Paris, 13th arrondissement, they are presented by themes.
Some are located geographically, 6 place de la République (Paris) – continuation of Nuits debout – and 6 abroad.
This new series follows that of 2016 (3) and the images of the day after the attacks in Paris (4).
Only messages in the form of texts have been retained. Without any judgment, neither on the substance nor on the form.
The pictorial texts of images will be published later.
The political murmur of the walls of Paris.
6 on place de la République (Nuits debout)
I think so I tag
1 in Italy, 2 in Algeria, 3 in Germany
1 – The construction of the wall of Fermiers généraux, between 1784 and 1790, to collect tax, of course unpopular, on the goods entering Paris, aroused this anonymous words: Le mur murant Paris rend Paris murmurant. This wall was destroyed in 1860.
2 – Among these but there are many others:
– TIENS ILS ONT REPEINT ! 50 ans d’aphorismes urbains de 1968 à nos jours, Yves Pagès La Découverte 2017
-STREET ART Larousse
– Les Graffitis de la Liberté, sur les murs du printemps égyptien. Editions Vent de sable Vincent Euverte 2015
3 – Les murs ont la parole, 16 juin, 2016
4 – Paris touchée, 25 juin, 2016