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.

Featuring : LEK, SOWAT, DEM189, SWIZ, PHILIPE BAUDELOCQUE, MR QUI, HOBZ, HONDA, SEB174, LEGZ, SIRIUS, SATEN, APOTRE, WXYZ, SMO, FLEO

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.
Avec : LEK, SOWAT, DEM189, SWIZ, PHILIPE BAUDELOCQUE, MR QUI, HOBZ, HONDA, SEB174, LEGZ, SIRIUS, SATEN, APOTRE, WXYZ, SMO, FLEO

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Outsiders: Vitostreet

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Vitostreet has passionately been covering graffiti and street art in the Parisian area for years. Whenever something interesting is done in the capital, you can be sure he’ll spot it and post it before anyone else on his Flickr account.  A few days after we unveiled the Mausoleum project, he sent us a few pictures and the following email:

I’ve often had the occasion of discovering “spots” taken over by graffiti artists, but I’ve rarely (if ever) been slapped to the face like I was while visiting the Mausoleum. I just wanted to thank you and congratulate you (Sowat) and Lek, as well as all the other artists who took part in the project, for the work you’ve done. A high quality and beautiful work of research, conception and innovation.

A small anecdote:

Publicnme and me were in such a haste that we didn’t really pay attention to the path we followed while entering the supermarket. We should have because 5 hours later, once our visit was over we simply couldn’t find our way out anymore. We spent a good hour searching for the damn hole we’d used to enter the building. An hour can seem short, but when you are in total darkness with only a small torchlight whose intensity diminishes with each passing minute, it can really become stressful…

Vitostreet couvre le graffiti et le street art de la région Parisienne par passion depuis des années. Pas une nouvelle pièce sans qu’il soit au courant et la publie sur son compte Flickr avant tout le monde. Quelques jours après la sortie de Mausolée, il nous a fait parvenir ces images et ce mail :

“J’ai souvent eu l’occasion de découvrir des « spots » investi par des artistes graffeurs, mais j’ai rarement (voir jamais) pris une claque aussi forte que celle reçu dernièrement en visitant le mausolée. Je voulais simplement vous remercier et vous féliciter Lek et toi (Sowat) ainsi que tous les autres artistes intervenants pour le travail que vous avez effectué. Un magnifique travail de recherche et de conception, innovant, captivant et de grande qualité.”

Une petite anecdote :
Dans la précipitation, nous avons Puplicnme et moi pas trop fait attention au chemin emprunté en entrant dans le supermarché. Pourtant nous aurions dû car 5 heures plus tard une fois notre visite terminée nous étions incapable de retrouver la sortie. Nous avons cherché durant environs une heure ce satané trou par lequel nous étions entrés. Ça peut paraitre peu une heure, mais quand vous êtes dans le noir absolu avec comme seule source de lumière votre lampe frontale qui au fil des minutes diminue d’intensité cela devient plutôt stressant.

Sambre + Lek

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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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Reportage Fatcap Lek & Sowat : Mausolée, le livre

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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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