Invading public space : a French-German project to expand the presence of art in public space in Colombo
From September 10 to October 10, the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the Goethe Institut and the Alliance Française de Kotte invite two urban artists in residence, C215 and The Wa, both of them having very different styles. The purpose of their work will be to demonstrate to the public this direct form of artistic expression on the streets.
C215, invited by the French side, is well recognized for his stencils. They can be seen in Vitry, his hometown in the south of Paris, and elsewhere in the world, from London to Delhi, via Port-au-Prince or Rome. His work is different from a liberal and often subversive Urban Art by the aesthetics and mastery of the portraits he makes and also the choice of unexpected and damaged surfaces as backgrounds.
A Colombo, vous pouvez d’ores et déjà admirer les œuvres de C215 à ces adresses :
Dawson Street, Slave Island
Kew Road, Slave Island
Alliance Française de Kotte, 11 Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 5
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The Wa is invited by the German side. His urban performances encourage reflection on today’s society. The work of this artist is under way and will soon be visible in Colombo.
Examples of his work are available on his website:
Both artists have started to work in collaboration with Sri Lankan groups of contemporary art, CoCA and P413. Their works will soon be visible in Colombo.