Outsiders: lepublicnme

Source: le publicnme

My first contact happened on the web, with the few images announcing the project.
Following came the movie, mixing syncopated visuals to delicate music.
Finally, meeting the project’s instigators finished to spark my curiosity: I had to go visit this place.
The next week-end, I then found myself with a friend, climbing and wandering from one room to the other.
The second I stepped back outside, my eyes screwed up by the sun, i had only one idea in mind… to come back!
Flash forward to a week later, i was back inside, on my own this time.
I had a strong urge to expose film, silver film could only go well with such a spot, left silent for years and brought back to life thanks to the devotion of a small group of enthousiasts.
Immersed in this half light, cradled by the muffled sound of the freeways and the streets, the whole morning rushed by, without a notice.
This spot is beyond anything I’ve seen in the past, beyond industrial ruin, beyond graffiti, beyond contemporary art. For me, it’s one of the strongest artistic experience I’ve had these last ten years.
Here’s a selection of pictures from these two visits.

Mon premier contact s’est fait par le net et les quelques images annonçant le projet.
Dans la foulÈe le film s’est offert, entre syncope visuelle et délicatesse musicale.
Enfin, la rencontre avec les instigateurs du projet n’a fait qu’accroitre ma curiosité, il fallait que je voie ce lieu!
Le week-end suivant, je me retrouvais donc avec un ami, escaladant, déambulant de salles en salles.
A peine ressortis, les yeux plissés par le soleil, une seule envie… y retourner !
Et hop une semaine plus tard, j’y étais de nouveau, en solo cette fois.
Une sérieuse envie d’exposer de la pellicule, l’argentique collait bien dans ce lieu, en silence depuis plusieurs années, il revivait grâce à la dévotion d’une poignée de passionnés
plongé dans ces clair-obscur, bercé par les bruits ouatés du périf et des passants, la matinée, sans demander son reste, a filé.
Ce lieu est au-delà‡ de tout ce que j’ai pu voir dans la passé, au-delà de la friche industrielle, au-delà du graffiti, au-delà même de l’art contemporain. Probablement pour moi, une des expériences artistiques les plus marquantes de ces 10 dernières années.
Une sélection de clichés réalisés lors de ces 2 visites

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Outsiders: flobiflickR

Source: flobiflickR

Vision Aspirante

A few weeks ago, flobiflickR contacted us through the site to know how to enter the Mausoleum. A few days later, he sent us these fish-eye and HDR pumped images with and a short text. All of the picture’s titles are his:

Its the story of an abandonned supermarket in the north of Paris, 430,000 sq ft, lifeless, empty, abandonned by our consumer society who went to see elsewhere.

It became the Mausoleum. It welcomed writers, photographers, friends… but no cops. Quickly, the Mausoleum became a savage artistic residence for the writers who, thanks to their talent, gained back a bit of life and colours.




Il y a quelques semaines, flobiflickR nous a contacté via le site pour savoir comment entrer dans le Mausolée. Quelques jours plus tard, il nous a envoyé ces clichés, gonflé au fish-eye et au HDR, ainsi qu’un petit texte. Tous les titres des photos sont de lui:

C’est l’histoire d’un supermarché abandonné au nord de Paris, 40 000m², sans vie, vide, délaissé par une société de consommation qui est allée voir ailleurs.

Il est devenu Le Mausolée, il a vu passer des graffeurs, des photographes, des amis… mais pas de policiers. Très vite, le Mausolée est devenu une résidence sauvage pour les graffeurs, qui grâce à leurs talents, a retrouvé peu à peu vie et couleurs.




Local Sombre


Porte Envahissante

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Lek & Sowat’s Mausoleum

Source: Monorex

Back in 2010 artist Lek found an abandoned supermarket due for demolition just out of Paris, partnering up with artist Sowat the pair decided to make something out of the space…

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The place was tag free and the perfect blank canvas for their “Mausolée” dream. A sponsor-free artist residence operating under the eye of the law in which a selection of artists and photographers were invited to spray, paint and create on what could be considered an artist’s playground.

Although the project has been going on since 2010 news of it was only released in April 2012, to coincide with the release of a book and a film documenting the processes that went into making this mundane complex completely extraordinary.

One of Lek and Sowat’s main desires with the project was that it appeal to those who are not normally interested in Street art and by working with such a huge number of artists (40 painters for 40,000 m²) the sheer variety of styles and pieces means that there is truly something to appeal to everyone.

Who knows what will happen to the Mausoleum in the future now it is opened up to the public. The site could be still due for demolition or it could be preserved as a tribute to the beauty of street art, but whatever the outcome may be for now just enjoy the pictures and video of this amazing project.

If you can read French then check out the accompanying book: Mausolée, Résidence artistique sauvage by Lek & Sowat, Editions Alternatives. Price: 39 euros.

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Fatcap covering: Lek and Sowat’s Mausoleum

Source: Chrixcel

In 2010 Lek discovers an abandoned supermarket condemned to demolition. This spot with no tag at all is a godsend and leads to the “Mausolée” project.

The Mausoleum at the time of ‘Immaculate Conception’ – Photo : ClickClaker

Lek & Sowat are the first to invest this place, situated very next to Paris, with some other fellow writers. Very soon they both have the idea to turn it into an artistic illegal residence inside which some graffiti artists and photographers (40 painters for 40,000 m²) will be invited to play a part in the evolution of what will become the “Mausoleum”.

A few months later, a gorgeous book is released (Editions Alternatives), and the secret that was kept so well during all this time is brought to light.

The choice of a French editor was symbolical, says Sowat : « The project took place in Paris, with French artists, in a building which was squatted and cleared out by the police, so in a way it reflected a French social, political and human drama. The traces of life we found inside, the writings on the walls, the abandoned letters and schoolbooks were mostly in French. There was no sense for us to try to convince a foreign editor. As we already knew Alternatives as we worked with them for previous books, we knew they were not the kind of editor to lay a hand on the contents to the detriment of the project”.

Coming out of a meeting at the end of October 2011 with Charlotte Gallimard, Head of Alternatives, things went very fast. After non-stop work, the book was published 6 months later.

The FatCap team also wanted to visit this playground to share with you what can be considered as an authentic underground museum.

A view of the roof with Apotre, Lek & Sowat

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Reportage Fatcap Lek & Sowat : Mausolée, le livre

Source: Chrixcel

Lek découvre en 2010 un supermarché abandonné voué à la démolition. Ce terrain vierge de tout tag est une aubaine et donne lieu au projet “Mausolée”.

Le Mausolée à l’époque de l’immaculée conception – Photo : ClickClaker

Lek et Sowat commencent d’abord à investir les lieux, situés à la lisière de Paris, avec quelques autres graffeurs de leurs crews respectifs. L’idée germe vite dans leur tête d’en faire une résidence artistique sauvage dans laquelle quelques artistes et photographes (40 artistes pour 40 000 m² au total) seront conviés à suivre et participer à l’évolution de ce qui deviendra le “Mausolée”.

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