Posts Tagged ‘mairie de paris’

Rencontres dans la rue

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

In participation with Les Rencontres Photographiques du 10e arrondissement in Paris, a selection of 9 photos from my DesCollages series can be spotted around the 10th district from now until the end of November. If you see any of them, take a shot and send it to me! Or better, post it to me here:

If you’re in Paris, come by La Petite Louise Friday night, October 18th at 19h, across the street from La Mairie. We’ll be having an opening upstairs and giving away one of the posters!

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.