The inauguration of the first mural for the nationwide project “100 Walls for Youth” that received funding from the French President, Monsieur Francois Hollande will take place on Monday 26th September @ 11.30am at Ecole Pauline-Kerogmard, in Sarcelles.
From Sarcelles to Pointe-a-Pitre, the biggest names known in the street art scene have agreed in participating to the “100 Walls for Youth” project and in assisting in the creation of the Tour de France of Urban Art.
An amazing selection of street artists will be in residence in 100 schools located across 100 French cities. They will be painting a series of contemporary murals. Each of their work will be dedicated to both the schools students and locals where the project will take place. The project which is dedicated to French children, aims at highlighting contemporary cultural and artistic practices around strong national values: respect, solidarity, racial diversity and tolerance.
Invited by the city of Sarcelles, the internationally acclaimed artist who will open this Tour de France is Christian Guemy aka C215. The artist in residence in Sarcelles just created an exceptional mural depicting the portraits of 30 children, wearing the symbolic French Phrygian cap, and who have been selected at Pauline-Kerogmard school. This is C215’s biggest mural to date, have a browse for more photos below.
Christian Guemy is a French urban and stencil artist born in October 1973. He lives and works in Ivry-‐sur-‐Seine, a city located on the outskirts of Paris where he frequently invites international artists to help him transform his city. Christian Guemy began making stencils in 2006. In 2007 he participated in the French Street Art project MUR and in 2013 he painted a 25-‐meter wall near Metro Nationale in Paris which represents a cat.
In 2013, C215 also painted the face of the French Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubura following the eruption of targeted racial attacks. Internationally renowned, Christian Guemy presents his paintings on recycled objects that can be found in a number of galleries in France and around the world.
In 2014, he was asked by Ubisoft to design 20 illustrations for the game Far Cry.
On 4th January 2016, the artist created a stencil showing the portrait of the policeman Ahmed which appeared on a fire extinguisher with the words “I am Ahmed” written underneath. This piece of work was commissioned upon request of the Head of the Police Department of the 11th arrondissement in Paris where Ahmed worked.
In the words of Christian Guemy “My works place invisible people at the same rank as celebrities. Across the faces I depict, I wish that passersby confront their own humanity.”
Photos courtesy Gautier Jourdain