ALIANZA FRANCESA MADRID & CONTEMPORÁNEA PRESENT: “C215. SOBRE TODO, LOS OBJETOS”
French Urban Artist C215’s New Solo Show in Madrid
Alianza Francesa Madrid
Nov. 12 – Dec. 21
Opening, Thursday, November 12, 7 pm
C215 will be at the Opening
ALIANZA FRANCESA MADRID
Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 13
Schedule: Monday to Thursday, 9,30 am – 2 pm and 4,30 pm – 20,30 pm
Friday, 10 am – 2 pm and 3 pm – 20 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm
Tel. +34 638 149 193
Organized by Alianza Francesa and Contemporánea
Curated by Mario Martín Pareja
With collaboration of Inkdose
More information at www.contemporanea.org, www.afmadrid.es y www.c215.fr
“Sobre todo, los objetos” (‘In particular, the objects’) is the new and first C215’s solo show in Madrid.
This show, hosted by Alliance Française Madrid, has been curated by Mario Martin Pareja and it brings together almost twenty original artworks painted on different media and objects encountered in everyday life. These artworks show the artist C215’s aim for making a mark in the city, his biggest source of inspiration. A city which he wants to embellish, and that’s why he paints on degraded surfaces, suiting the subjects of the artworks to the environment, contextualizing in some way.
Born in 1973 as Christian Guémy, the Paris-based French street artist known as C215 has swiftly moved into being one of the top stencil artists in the world. He has been described as “France’s answer to Banksy” and considered one of the top veterans still in the game. His moniker derived from a prison cell in which he was once locked away.
His work consists mainly of close up portraits of people. C215’s subjects are typically those such as beggars, homeless people, refugees, street kids and the elderly. The rationale behind this choice of subject is to draw attention to those that society has forgotten about. C215 says that the most important parts of the stencil are the feelings within, the expression of the eyes, and the story behind. Regarding his work, C215 states, “In the end, behind the portraits, the question is always freedom and dignity in the face of a capitalist daily life system.” He believes that “urban art” is simply the sharing of artwork with others against gentrification and standardization. Putting life in the streets through art is also part of adding to the aesthetic of the everyday.
C215 is a prolific street artist and has practiced his art in cities all over the world. His stencils may be seen in the streets and galleries in Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Paris, Sao Paolo, New Delhi, Athens, Istambul, Milano, Jerusalem…