Insinders view: Thias, part 13 – Ailleurs est une fin

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Last post of the series. Its elsewhere that the Mausoleum’s memory lives. In a concrete loft were fragments of the temple are pieced together. Matter in hand and fresh paint specially for the occasion. The book as a bonus. Full frontal, a small stroll with a hand held camera.

Starts the public adventure. Libé, Nova, Beaux Arts, Tracks… Showcased Ghetto-paintings &red carpets for the clandestines!

All hail the zulus.


Dernier post de la série. C’est ailleurs que la mémoire du mausolée vit. Dans un loft bétonné où des bribes du temple se reconstituent. Matières en main et peintures fraîches pour l’occasion. En prime, le bouquin. De face, une promenade caméra au poing…

Commence l’aventure publique. Libé, Nova, Beaux Arts, Tracks… Ghetto-painting en vitrine & tapis rouge pour les clandestins !

Merci les zulus.

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Outsiders: lepublicnme

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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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Fatcap covering: Lek and Sowat’s Mausoleum

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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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