The city of Vitry-sur-Seine lies within the southeastern suburbs of Paris. Historically, this commune has been home to a large, diverse immigrant population, a background that contributed to Vitry being on the forefront in the development of the French hip hop movement in the 80s. For some time now, the city has supported a cultural policy of bringing art to all, for example, opening it’s Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in 2005. The city has actively embraced public arts programs, installing contemporary sculptures throughout public spaces as well as supporting large-scale mural projects. Thanks to initiatives by artists such as C215, Vitry’s walls bear the work of an international roster of street artists such as Nunca, Nychos, Roa and Ethos to name but a few. I spent an afternoon in Vitry earlier this summer and only caught a fraction of the many murals on display.
Missing artist attributions welcome in the comments.
Argentinian artist Jaz has been putting work on the streets of Buenos Aires since the mid 1990s. Graffitimundo describes his recent work as featuring “Mexican “lucha libre” style wrestling figures with animal masks and part-man, part-beast figures locked in combat throughout the city.” His ‘manimals’ have sprung up in several locations in Brooklyn, including a feline-friendly collaborative wall with Cern as well as a piece with South African artist Freddy Sam.