Share The Word is a major art project by Seb Toussaint and photographer Spag (Outsiders Krew), taking place in different countries around the world. The aim for the krew is to work in low income neighbourhoods for a month at a time. In each country, graffiti artist Seb Toussaint and photographer Spag ask people to give them one word each they would like to express. This word then becomes the main feature of a mural painted spontaneously by Seb Toussaint on people’s houses. Spag not only takes pictures of the mural itself, but also of what the word means to the people who chose it. The collection of his photographs tell the story of the community.
The artwork acts as a bridge between the community and the outside world by bringing other artists, journalists, tourists and art enthusiasts inside the slums. Spag’s photography is used to showcase both the artwork and the slum’s everyday life to people from the outside. Seb Toussaint and Spag also work on teaching kids graffiti and painting by giving art classes on the streets. In return, the project is a great source of inspiration for the artists who are enriched by different cultures, which makes this project an exchange through art.
So far, Share The Word project has been taken to Jakarta (Indonesia), Nairobi (Kenya), Kathmandu (Nepal), Bogota (Colombia), Cairo (Egypt), Manila (Philippines), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais (France), and Rio De Janeiro (Brazil).
Mariscal Sucre, Bogota, Colombia
Santo Amaro, Rio De Janeiro, Brasil
Lideta, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Gagalangin, Manila, Philippines
Mazarita, Cairo, Egypt
Mariscal Sucre, UPZ90, Bogota, Colombia
Bainsighat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Mukuru Kayaba, Nairobi, Kenya
Kampung Bayur, Jakarta, Indonesia