Baz-Art Exhibition of graffiti at the French Residence
On Wednesday 4 October 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, and NGO BAZ-ART hosted an exhibition of 45 graffiti artworks from local and international artists who took part in the International Public Art Festival in Cape Town and the Kaslam Street Art Jam in Soweto recently.
Thanks to the exchange of culture and artistic talents, guests discovered Sowetan artist Senzo Nhlapo, Johannesburg artist Mars, and Cape Town illustrator Ruth Frances, showcased alongside the French Clement Mougel, the Australian Cheeky Observer, the Ukranian Ana Kuni and many others.
The Embassy of France in South Africa supports urban culture and art in the framework of its cultural diplomacy policy.
This exhibition, which took place at the French Residence in Pretoria, is the continuation of a partnership with BAZ-ART that was initiated during the French National Day celebrations this year, when the Embassy of France commissioned street artists Senzo and Prefix to do a live graffiti wall in honour of Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
In his speech, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa, said: “This is not just art for art’s sake. There is a social dimension to it as well. In a time when people question their identity and their future, it’s really great to have these exchanges among artists and to bring people together”.
BAZ-ART was formed in 2017 by Alexandre Tilmans and Sebastien Charrieras with the aim of providing talented young artists with access to recognition, exposure and opportunities to showcase their art.
In February, BAZ-ART gathered 50 local and international artists for a first-of-its-kind public art festival in Salt River, Cape Town. The aim of the festival was to aesthetically transform this industrial area, with the support of the local community.
BAZ-ART offers free art lessons for 1000 children every month in Salt River. The idea is to use art to educate youth about the dangers of gangsterism, violence and drugs. Furthermore, two local women were employed as year-round Street Art tour guides in the area, opening up the district to visitors wishing to have a unique street art experience.