Thanks god, Avignon is not just the refuge of old theater workers or “intermittants” in lack of money, wearing weird garbs and distributing flyers in insane quantities during this lovely festival. I have lived for two years in this city for my studies and I will probably be here for three more years. When you spend that much time in one place, you are entitled to expect that distraction will not be limited to some catholic stones and posters in the whole city for three weeks in the year. Fortunately, there are also active members, guys who want to haul ass and share their vision of art.
And the list is quite long...The ACA crew for example, is initially composed of eight artists united by a common goal : creating a workspace turned occasionally into a place of manifestation as recently with an artistic art flea market. From cloth to street-art, through photography, the artists exhibit and sell their artworks for affordable prices, but above all, create the event.
In Street is the alternative answer to the festival just taking advan- tage of the ambient “disorder” to expose in the streets and galleries (see Tampopo neighbors) but it is also a work of protest, creating a reflection on the role of art in general, particularly on the issue of accessibility and message. Artists like Goddog, Pablito Zago or Esem benefit from the event, but also graphic designers, video artists who joined forces to promote the urban arts.They couldn’t have chosen a better period or place...
All these people are provided in sprays by Keepfire, the only graffiti shop in town. Yohann, the owner, eternal graffiti writer, also sells handmade bags, Sixpack T-shirts, serigraphies, and all types of local creations. He becomes then a real springboard for the artists from Avignon, and also the rendez-vous of the local graffiti scene.
Let’s directly say that the walls of the city were quickly hit by this explosion of creativity. Once retired, the posters took off the fog on stencils, pastings and graffitis that we’ll share with you on the next pages to come. The street has already taken its rights back.