“I would like you to paint the word “Unión”. It’s what I like about this neighbourhood. We’ve been through a lot these last few years with the crisis, but people have stuck together in survival mode. We look after our neighbours, and help them out if they’re in need of water, food or some help with fixing something.”
– Sheherazade, 17 years old
This is my first mural in Venezuela!
Yoana chose the word “Memoria” (Memory). She told me this wall is for the people she has lost and in particular her father which was killed 6 years ago and the father of her children who got killed 6 months ago in the neighbourhood. She told me that everyone can relate because we have all lost people who we keep in our memories.
For me personally this wall is for my lovely, creative and stylish Wendy – who always chose the best patterns and colours – and who died before art became my job, but who’s in the back of my mind whenever I paint.
Starting a new episode of “Share The Word Project” in Venezuela!
I’ll be staying and painting for one month in Petare, one of the largest slums in latin America located in the capital city Caracas.
These last 6 years I’ve been working on a project which I’ve called “Share The Word Project” and which takes place in slums, favelas, and refugee camps around the world. The idea is to paint on people’s houses words that they choose. The goal is to bring attention to margilalised communities through the people’s own words.
For the next month I’ll be sharing what the people of Petare, Caracas want to share with us all.
I completed this bridge in Saint-André-lez-Lille in the North of France. I was asked to make the bridge more visible because many trucks have been hitting it due to drivers not paying attention. Hopefully this will prevent vehicles from being beheaded, but more importantly I’m glad that the locals are loving it. Their neighbourhood desperately needed some art! Thank you to the locals for their welcome!
This was painted using spray paint and a broom. No stencils (I say this because people often ask me), no masking tape, no rulers. Freehand spraying only.
Rafif chose the word الحياة which means ”life’ in Arabic.
Rafif is 11 years old and has a whole life ahead of her. She hopes that somehow it will be good, and that Palestinians will be able to live in peace. She doesn’t know what that will look like but she wants it badly.
I tried putting all those positive vibes into my piece by adding some movement and energy. I’ve known Rafif for a year and a half and she’s just so sweet and generous with everyone. It’s unusual for me to paint for people I already know!
Jamila, 16 years old, chose the word إبداع which means “creativity”. She is a bit of a rebel and won’t listen to people who want to tell her how to live her as a teenager or as a woman. Creativity is what she is going for in life, creating a path of her own, whether people like it or not!