Posts Tagged ‘aftersquat’

Painting in traffic

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

At 59 we sometimes paint on the walls.

Tonight the artist hosted by our gallery painted in the street.

Emmanuel Flipo likes to throw pigments to the wind.

Gaki arrives through a cloud of Flipo's performance

Flipo draws in the street in front of the 59 Rivoli gallery

Flipo making his déssin on rue de Rivoli

Flipo’s exhibition will be on view in the gallery until May 2nd.
59 rue de Rivoli, 75001. Paris.

My two walls

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Back from the sea with burnt forehead.

I moved my studio today.

By the grace of coincidence I’m taking over a small space just next to my old one at 59 Rivoli, that has been prematurely liberated. I will have a corner! I’ve been working in a rather small space, though I am quite used to working in closets. This one was basically a hallway.

Left-to-right, it was . . .

Back-left corner is where I'll now be working. The wall of photos is in the space where I've been the last several months

The full width of my space/hallway/studio, between the the walls. You can see the orange backside of a painting by Bruno Dumont that hangs in front of the entrance to the 4th floor. In the corner there is also the old bathroom door, provocatively painted by Hao, recuperated from the squat days.

The wall between my and Aliocha's studio. The b&w collage is staying, and growing. The other photos and black background are gone. Francesco's studio is in the distance, with his Don Quixote de la Mancha on the far wall.

Autoportraits at 59

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

It’s now week three of my informal residency at 59 rue de Rivoli, where I’m working on portraits of the approximately 32 artists working in the “aftersquat.”  I’ve photographed 19, 20 including myself, which I do every day.  Originally just to test the light, it’s evolving into something more.

"Light test" with open mouth.

"Light test" with open mouth.

Dani on tower of suitcases, deep inside Musée Igor Balut.

Dani on tower of suitcases, deep inside Musée Igor Balut.

59 and Photos on Dailymotion

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Continuing the 59 Rivoli story, the Mayor’s office used some of my photos of the squat as it was three years ago, in a video that has a brief summarizing interview with Gaspard Delanoë, one of its founders.  It’s in French, so I did a rough translation, found below.


Rencontrez les artistes de “l’after-squat” 59 rue de Rivoli
envoyé par mairiedeparis. – Découvrez plus de vidéos créatives.

English translation:

You might remember the façade of this building, redecorated by the squat artists residing at number 59. After two years of construction, if the façade is more discreet, the spirit of the place is still there.

Gaspard Delanoë: The history of 59 Rivoli; at the beginning it was a collective of artists called “Chez Robert, electrons libres” who opened the space the November 1st, 1999. It had been empty for about 10 years and belonged to Credit Lyonnais. We entered the building, begin to settle in, and very quickly of course, the state filed a complaint against illegal occupation, and we were sentenced for eviction on February 4th, 2000. Meanwhile, there is the municipal campaign in Paris. The Green party gets involved, there’s the communist party, and the candidate Bertrand Delanoe, from the socialist party, who also gets involved to do something for this place.

In March 2001, Delanoë decides to have the building bought back by the city of Paris for the sum of 4.6 million euros, and then establishes an association to be able to, in time, regularize the premises. And on November 15th, 2006, indeed many years later, after the time to put everything in place, we leave the building. We go to rue de la Tour des Dames, in a space belonging to the city of Paris, and we just came back in the last few days, to resume in this space, renovated to standard, with fire exits, an elevator, a service stairway, etc. But, it’s no longer a squat, because it’s a place that’s been regularized, so it’s an aftersquat. Something a bit new.

Narration: 30 artists, of 10 different nationalities, have settled into studios of between 15 and 20 square meters, for a symbolic rent of 130 euros a month, charges not included. Among them, 20 squatters from the original collective are officially working there.

Anita Savary: I was looking for a studio – I didn’t have a lot of money – so very cheap or free. I arrived in front of this façade, which for me was magnificent, with an interior full of artists. They told me, “You can show your work here for free, we can lend you a room on the 2nd floor.”

So I began like that, in October of 2001. I set up in a miniscule studio that must have been 6 meters squared. After that I had 25 meters squared, then I went back to 15 meters squared. As Mr. Delanoë had promised to take care of this building, the artists, and to follow the story, he did his best, he followed through with everything. So, at present we have returned to the building.

People are going to enter into the gallery, if they are interested seeing it, and once inside they’ll find that they have the possibility to visit the artist’s studios.

Gaspard: It’s a great space that’s divided in 2: gallery on the bottom and first floor, and the artist studios on the upper floors, where people can walk through and meet the artists. So obviously it’s a way of presenting art that is very very different than what is normally done, in a manner deconsecrating.