Street painting in Paris in memory of George Floyd (as a tribute to victims of police violence in France)
@Photo credit: Sigismond Cassidanius

Street painting in Paris in memory of George Floyd (as a tribute to victims of police violence in France)

From the first weekend, after George Floyd was murdered, artists from around the world started to create work to celebrate his memory. Through social networks, I saw work by Eme Freethinker in Berlin, or the portrait of George Floyd at the very place where he died in Minneapolis, with flowers and candles around it. In France, after the similar case of Adama Traoré – Malian French man who died in custody after being restrained and apprehended by police, and other examples of police violence, the disagreement for racist behaviour have risen. 

BerthetOne, Tcheko, Kraken, Sowat et Lek, le MUR 93 à Saint-Denis, 93 : 02/06

The artists from Saint-Denis, the historic capital of the Seine-Saint-Denis, did not take long to invest themselves in the case. On the official WALL (le Mur 93) a fresco was created. The mural illustrates the last words of George Floyd in giant letters. Right away, the link is made between Adama Traoré, Zyad and Bouna (whose deaths had provoked the uprising of the Northeast suburbs of Paris in 2006), Steve (June 2019) to make the message stronger. 

The paradox of life in the city: easy only for those who can afford it and limit for those who can’t. Culture and leisure, social and economic privileges, access to better education and better businesses… This disproportion creates forced inequality from the very start. 

The artists of the 93 were thus faithful to their values and reacted quickly because they are concerned. They grew up in the neighbourhoods in France where spontaneous solidarity is established between the inhabitants, they work to improve their lives with courage rather than to improve daily life through dealing drugs.

@Photo credit: Jorge Marques, Le MUR 93

Mizer et Yellow Boombappgraffiti, rue Delphine Seyrig : 09/06

The outstretched fist of the two American athletes at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, gloved as if to underline the protesting feature of their gesture, the courage it took Thommie Smith and John Carlos! It is the heritage of the civil rights that occupy the front of the protest in the United States, with the criticism of the intervention in Vietnam. This fist raised, it is, therefore, a place of memory and a founding gesture, by drawing it today, it’s a reminder of the continuum of struggles for justice. An old revolt and resistance still exist. It became, of course, the symbol of Black Power in the 1970s, and later was used in the cultural production for movements like «Blaxploitation», or the «Free Jazz», or the literature of Toni Morrison. This continuity and the strength of the gesture provokes respect and feeling of solidarity. And naturally, it makes this revolt more meaningful.

@Photo credit: Sigismond Cassidanius

Dylem, rue Delphine Seyrig : 09/06

The history of segregation is also strongly evoked by this fresco featuring the policeman wearing the Klan hood, pointing the gun at the head of the black man kneeling in front of him, who hands him skittles. 

The flag of the Confederate States of America accentuates the violence. It marks the difference between whites and blacks. Whites as the population represented by NAR and the gallant Southern slave mentality that Billie Holiday sang about in «Strange Fruit» during the civil rights movement. Like the policeman who killed George Floyd it characterizes racism. The reaction of black people is disproportional to this brutality. The kid from the picture is not armed to fight, instead of the gun, he hands the bag of sweet treats… (the reference to Trayvon Martin, 17, who was shot dead by Neighbourhood Watch leader is a primarily white, gated neighbourhood in 2012)

@Photo credit: Sigismond Cassidanius
@Photo credit: Sigismond Cassidanius

JR / (Zenith), angle rue Philippe de Girard – rue Louis Blanc, Paris 10° : 08/06

The Eyes of Adama Traoré and George Floyd are in the same photo and therefore in the same fight. JR claims he wants to set us on a course of reflection, but he does not want to impose. It is up to us to keep the rest of the speech, it is less dogmatic than problematic. He asks a question and it is up to us to answer it. Here we are challenged by the unity, the stare of the eyes that we can’t turn back on. We are all witnesses of the violence against the two martyrs. The spray strokes executed by Zenith are a replica of the cracks on the ground where Floyd agonized.

@Photo credit: Gérard Faure
@Photo credit: Gérard Faure
Zenith (Matthias Schoenaerts), JR and Ladj Ly
@Photo credit: Gérard Faure
with Assama Traoré, sister of Adama
@Photo credit: Gérard Faure

Ardif Street-Art, passage Saint-Sébastien Paris, 11° : 08/06

To celebrate the memory of George Floyd, the architect Ardif creates a Gas Plant, emphasizing that there is no way out, except for a fatal one.

@Photo credit: Sigismond Cassidanius

Boubou Design, peint le portrait de George Floyd avec le revers de sa casquette, Sénégal, Facebook, Instagram, etc : 02/06

In the video where he appears, theatrical and deferential, the African artist (clothing designer and painter) conquers us by the interesting performance where he applies paint on canvas with his hat. There is a lot of irony in his work. He gives us a brilliant and vibrant example of both virtuosity and sincerity. I know Dakar is not Paris, but there are bridges between Paris and Africa, which connect us and I thought that via social networks, I could count this artist in the Parisian landscape.

Translated by Kasia Klon, written by:

Sigismond Cassidanius, polymorphic artist. He makes stencils and belongs to a group of collagists. He also writes press releases about other street-artists for their exhibitions, and he animates a group on Facebook.His passion for street-art movement grew since the 90’s when, together with his friends, he created the association JONAS. They have been involved in squatting the former Lycée Diderot (Pole-Pi) in 1995 until 1999 and organized festivals of urban arts in Montmartre. After his bachelor in history of Paris he oriented himself to the working-class anthropology and the urban economy. He has been working for 20 years for the city of Paris as a pedagogical responsible. Today he shares his passion for urban artistry through guiding and his support of the Collective 3 Couronnes in Belleville.

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Kasia Klon, Polish artist in Paris

Today’s post is about Kasia Klon – the founder of Street Art Tour Paris. It was originally posted on the now non-existent blog Architect of Free Time

For centuries, Paris has attracted artists from around the world. No wonder then, that also Kasia Klon finally came to the French capital. This Polish artist graduated with honours from Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, and now her works delight the sensitive souls of Parisians and tourists.
Kasia is an outgoing, social person passionate about travel, be it near or far, and the discovery of different cultures and places. For more than 11 years she has been living a nomadic lifestyle, living in cities like Turin, New York, Berlin or Huế. Therefore, her biography is full of amazing stories and unusual adventures. She doesn’t mind her life turning upside-down sometimes. It’s all about not being bored and there is nothing worse for her than monotony.

In Rio de Janeiro

Kasia has a wide spectrum of interests and passions. One of them is Street Art, which she decided to turn into a source of income by creating her company that organizes guided tours in Paris. As we have seen by ourselves when we visited Belleville with her, her services are very appreciated by tourists coming to France from all over the world!
But let’s start at the beginning. Her passion for Street Art began while she was still studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. At the time she was specialized in painting and printmaking, and she admired how this grey Polish city was slowly transforming itself into the European capital of murals. During the famous Polish festival Urban Forms, she met artists from all over the world, discovered their works and stories and learned about various techniques because Street Art is not limited to graffiti or tagging on the walls!
She quickly realized that this subject arouses interest, sometimes shocks and that after all, it is worth talking about it and sharing her knowledge with others.

in Bangkok
in Gdansk, Poland


Shortly after finishing her studies, her passion for travel, her desire to try something new, but also… love, encouraged her to move to Paris. Her debut in the capital was quite difficult, mainly because she had little French language skills and therefore had trouble finding a good and interesting job. Young, ambitious and creative, she decided to combine her passion with business and create Street Art Tour Paris.
As she admits herself, this rather spontaneous decision, which was supposed to be a temporary solution, turned out to be a real success! Also, positive feedback from her guests on Trip Advisor, Google Business or Facebook keeps her motivated to go even further.
Street Art Tour Paris offers public and private tours in the most artistic districts of Paris. During weekly public tours, you can see:
XXL Murals, the largest Parisian mural paintings located in the 13th district of Paris, including works by artists such as Obey, INTI and Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.
Montmartre, the most famous Parisian hill, has been a magnet for artists for centuries. In this area, Street art is inspired by the greatest art legends such as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso or Suzanne Valadon.
Belleville is a district that has been known as the capital of Parisian Street Art since the 1980s. It is one of the favourite places of many French artists, such as Nemo, Jérôme Mesnager or Philippe Herard.
Vitry Sur Seine, a small suburban town in the Paris area, is the destination of many world-famous artists.
During a two-hour tour, Kasia, with her charm and enthusiasm, shares her knowledge of Street Art and easily arouses the interest of even the biggest newbies. Street Art Tour Paris offers a completely different and original perspective on the city of light. We have done it, and we guarantee that after such a guided tour, your perception of Paris and its art will never be the same again!
It is worth mentioning that Street Art Tour Paris is the proud winner of numerous nominations and awards in the category Tourism in Paris and Tour Guide in Paris. 

Valparaíso

In a nutshell, whether you live in Paris for good or are here on holidays, let Kasia take you for a walk on the streets of Paris, we guarantee that her positive energy and vast skills will charm you! 

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