Parisian Street Artist Christian Guémy aka C215‘s latest endeavour in Rwanda, Africa, is as vibrant as his portraits, conveying emotion and humanity in the streets.
He has been traveling to the land of thousand hills where he painted portraits of the righteous, people who saved lives during the genocide where Hutus slaughtered more than a million of Tutsis in 1994. C215’s approach raises awareness among French politicians on the lack of official recognition of the Rwanda’s 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, when the French government was involved in those events.
At the end of his trip C215 completed a memorial mural depicting all his stenciled portraits at the Gisozi Museum in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. ‘The fresco portrays ordinary people who became heroes saving Tutsis during the massacre’.
All photos © C215
‘I am very pleased and honoured to have been painting a fresco inside the Kigali Memorial Centre, where more than 250,000 victims of the genocide are buried, and to have been invited to paint this mural in a such emotionally charged place when diplomatic relationships between France and Rwanda are not at their best right now’.
All photos took by Christian Guémy will be showcased at the French Parliament on the 19th October in order to get official recognition of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when France was involved in what happened.
On this occasion a book will be published by Critères Editions under the supervision of the President of EGAM Benjamin Abtan, gathering the artist’s photographs during his visit, and which will be distributed to the French Parliament politicians.
During his visit a captivated audience watched C215 progress and create his unique stenciled portraits in doorways, columns, broken walls and walkways in the streets.