Rua João Morais Barbosa, Lisbon | Erased Graffiti, Spray Paint | ~ 900 cm x ~ 180 cm | May 8th, 2016
Rua João Morais Barbosa, Lisbon (Detail) | Erased Graffiti, Spray Paint | ~ 900 cm x ~ 180 cm | May 8th, 2016
Artist Statement: An old school graffiti fresco displaying as a welcoming phrase “Entre Com Respeito E Seras Respeitado” (Enter with respect and you’ll be respected) in avenuo Professor Francisco da Gama Caeiro at the entrance of Bairro Pedro Cruz was erased by technical services in anticipation of the visit of the Mayor in the neighborhood for the inauguration of a housing project in the neigborhood. When the Cultural services realized that this fresco was considered by local inhabitants as part of the identity of their neighborhood, they asked the original writer to re-paint the piece again.
Similarly, tags, throw ups, and pieces of local writers in avenue Professor Francisco da Gama Caeiro at the entrance of Bairro Padre Cruz were erased by technical services in anticipation of the visit of the Mayor in the neighborhood for inauguration of a housing project in the neigborhood. When Mathieu Tremblin, invited artist for commissioned mural in the frame of Muro festival, realized that these name writing graffiti weren’t considered by Cultural Services as a legitimate part of the neighborhood identity, he decided to proceed to an uncommissioned restoration.
Mathieu Tremblin was born in Le Mans in 1980. He lives in Strasbourg, France and works in Europe. He’s a founding member of les Frères Ripoulain duo, since 2006, has been a member of Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T.), 2014-2015, and has been a member of the Bureau d’investigation photographique (BIP), 2005-2015. Tremblin implements graphic processes of intervention inspired by anonymous, autonomous, and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space in order to question the systems of legislation, representation, and symbolization of the city. He works with site specific urban intervention, performed walk, tools design, détournement of objects, and uses publication, installation, photography, and video to document or reinvest of his experimentations. He’s also developing collaborative propositions with artists, artist-run spaces, and institutions as art director of publication, collection or residency like Porte-parole (2010), Paper Tigers Collection (since 2010), or Office de la créativité (2011-2013). His work can be found online at: mathieutremblin.com and demodetouslesjours.eu (solo), lesfreresripoulain.eu (duo), and tarmacadamcomplex.org (blog).