Aidez nous à réaliser le 4ème épisode de Share The Word !

Nous sommes fiers avec l’Outsiders Krew de lancer aujourd’hui une campagne de financement participatif pour nous aider à financer le 4ème épisode du projet (en Colombie). Les fonds récoltés serviront à payer le transport, la peinture, et notre vie sur place. Outsiders Krew est une association loi 1901, à but non lucratif, déposée en Préfecture du Calvados, en France. Nous ne sommes que 2 dans cette structure, et nous organisons tous nos projets seuls, avec peu de moyens. Nous avons financé nous mêmes les 3 premiers épisodes de ce projet avec nos économies ; et suite au succès rencontré, nous voulons continuer à nous rendre dans d’autres quartiers défavorisés.

Pour plus d’information et pour nous aider, visitez sur notre page Indiegogo : http://igg.me/at/sharetheword/

Today we are proud to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help us finance the 4th episode of our Share The Word project in Bogota, Colombia. You can help us by sending some money that will be used for the project in Colombia to pay for transport, paint, food and accommodation. Outsiders Krew is a non profit association, registered in the Prefecture du Calvados, in France. We’re a very small organisation made up of simply us two artists doing things on our own, on a low budget. We financed the first 3 episodes of this project ourselves with our own savings, but after such successful episodes, we want to continue doing this and visit more slums !

Visit igg.me/at/sharetheword to support the 4th episode in Bogota !

In May 2014 we spent one month in Bainsighat, a slum situated in Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. The area was built in the 80s on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Today roughly 800 people live in the neighborhood’s 156 small houses which are either made of wood or bricks. The river banks are highly polluted with mountains of fermenting and burning rubbish.

In this third episode, we went deeper in our interaction with the urban environment. Instead of painting one word on one house, some murals were painted on 2, 3 and up to 10 houses. Because of the central location of the slum, tourists, school kids and commuters visited the neighborhood to have a look at the art. This created a lot of interaction with the inhabitants. Also, thanks to the Nepal Children’s Art Museum, a group of about 20 young artists from Kathmandu came to Bainsighat to paint their first outdoor murals, creating further interaction with the people, and a very colorful neighborhood.

Towards the end of the month, we painted the entrance of a Hindu temple. The 250 year old building stands on the Northern edge of the slum and the local priest decided that the symbols of the sun and the moon should be painted, instead of the usual word, because of the number of window making it impossible to fit one big word.

Coloring Bainsighat !

We’re getting more and more houses painted in the Bainsighat. Many people are asking for their houses to ne painted, and clearly we’re not going to be able to paint everywhere. We’ve seen a few tourists, journalists and commuters stop and take a look at the artwork, and even step inside the slum. People have trouble believing that we’re not from a big NGO and keep asking us who sent us here, and who paid for this project… Either way, they seem to love the idea!

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Starting in Kathmandu

Bainsighat is a small slum located in Kathmandu on the North bank of the Bagmati river, in between old hindu temples and a gigantic rubbish tip. The neighbourhood was built 25 years ago, and today it is inhabited by 1000 people from many different ethnic groups.
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We first entered Bainsighat a week ago and met the old ladies who rule the slum. We told them about our project and they emidiately agreed that we should start painting. The first word we were asked to share was given to us by two 16 year old girls, Kusbue and Aisa, who simply expressed the word “Welcome”. We decided to make a huge piece stretching over 10 houses, all around the central square. After 4 days of intense painting, the place was full of colour, giving it a very different feeling and attracting people from outside the slum, who got a glimpse of the artwork from the nearby road.
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After “Welcome”, we were asked to paint the word “Nepal”. It seems like the inhabitants are trying to get a message across to us.

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Share The Word with the prostitutes of Caen (France)

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We have started withe Seb Toussaint a new episode of our Share The Word project, this time in our hometown of Caen, with the prostitutes. The idea is the same, we ask them to express a word which we then paint on their vans. D. shared the word “Amour” (love). 

The “Presqu’île” is a an old industrial area of Caen (France), situated between the river Orne and the canal docks. Today the partially abandoned area is entering a phase of slow redevelopment. It is known for being the centre of prostitution in the region of Normandy. A large number of women work day and night in small vans and tough working conditions. Almost all of them come from sub-Saharan Africa, (mostly Cameroon and Nigeria), and have ended up working as prostitutes in order to survive.

This episode of Share The Word is the first not to take place in a low income neighbourhood of the developing world. However the idea is the same, as the words painted on the prostitutes’ vehicles, are chosen by women who are part of a marginalised, ignored and sometimes hated community. The graffiti aims to highlight these women’s voices and engage with women who, at first sight, appear to be living in another world.