Some months ago we (specifically Lara Seixo Rodrigues) received an invitation to lead some portuguese art to a special and secret project!
After 6 months from our 1st visit to Paris, we can finally reveal all about TOUR PARIS 13, a project of the Mairie du 13e, coordinated by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Director of GALERIE ITINERRANCE, which promotes numerous artists since years Urban Art and, for months, managed to keep secret, all-volunteer all participants.
A total of 4.500m2, divided by 10 floors (36 flats) that compound this tower, located in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods of the city of Paris (has as neighbors the National Library of France and Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design) they simply awaited their destruction, as part of a modernization project of the city council, became a colossal temporary museum of Street Art, open to all for free and without commercial approach, as a tribute to this type of art that is gaining ground in the cities.
The selection of artists, who were given complete freedom of action in walls, ceilings and floors, in complete harmony with the essence of the movement of Urban Art, fell mostly on emerging countries in the international Street Art, particularly Latin America and the Middle East and European level, about Italy and Portugal.
The invitation to Lara Seixo Rodrigues, in January 2013, for the creation of a Portuguese Urban Art entourage, resulted in challenging a group of artists, which “aims to contain multiple generations and souls of Street Art and retract from the graffiti to stencil, going through all the gestures, languages, and / or techniques commonly referred to post-graffiti with more contemporary influences figurative illustration. Accepted the challenge by all, were four the number of ‘pilgrimages’ to the number 5 Rue Fulton (between April and August), where gradually the interventions (in alphabetical order) ADD FUEL, CORLEONE, EIME, KRUELLA D’ENFER, MAISMENOS, MAR, MÁRIO BELÉM, PANTÓNIO, PAULO ARRAIANO, SAMINA and VHILS have been occupying fully and strategically, stylistic criteria to guarantee the legitimacy of their individuality, the 2nd floor of the TOUR PARIS 13.
The “floor of the Portuguese” as affectionately surnamed and “hinge point to reach the success of this project”, as the mentor Mehdi Ben Cheikh, share the tower with other interventions of major international artists as: C215, Inti Castro, Alexöne, Orticanoodles, David Walker, Baglione, Stinkfish, Sean Hart or Speto, among many others.
The TOUR PARIS 13 is also an unprecedented transmedia project, visual and audible, engaging and collaborative, which gives power to the Internet through the website dedicated to the project – www.tourparis13.fr – on this adventure ephemeral Street Art, which disappear totally under the rubble of demolition.
The TOUR PARIS 13, more than a final object, is a process and a rare creative experience, that will be the subject of a documentary by Thomas Lallier for France Ô in co-production with La Blogothèque. In it they will portray the arrival, the appropriation of spaces, ideas and questions, and especially the determination of artists in building all this ephemeral universe. The filming which commenced in March 2013 will end with the capture of the demolition of the tower, being released only in 2014.
photos by: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues + Lara Seixo Rodrigues
curator of the portuguese group _ Lara Seixo Rodrigues
production by Lara Seixo Rodrigues _ 2013 . january | october
works _ 2013 . april | august
opening _ 2013 . october . 01