I’ve arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where I’ll will be painting for one month on a new episode of Share The Word Project.
The first step is to find a slum to paint in.
I don’t work with NGOs or fixers, and I don’t have sponsors or anyone to tell me where to go. I use satellite images to identify possible slums and then I simply go and visit them by foot.
The aim is to work in a marginalised area of the city, and to paint the words that the inhabitants want to express and share.
I spontaneously go to slums, meet people – who usually think I’m lost – and do my best to explain the project using my hands, a few odd words and a bunch of photos.
I’m here with Spag Bertin, a brilliant photographer with whom I started Share The Word Project in 2013, and with our friend Dudu who’s assisting as usual ! It feels great to be back in the areas where I feel that my work has the biggest impact.
Photo by Spag Bertin