Belgrade Street Art in Paris

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Starting tomorrow, Saturday 23 September, Belgrade’s street art will be the focus of an exhibition at the Centre Culturel de Serbie in Paris!

The exhibition is a homage to Belgrade’s vibrant street art scene and will present Aleksandar Djordjević’s book, Street Art Belgrade, which catalogues the work of the city’s most prolific artists.

According to the organisers, “street art is exposed to time and emotions, and with this exhibition and book our desire is to preserve this specific art form, to document it and make it more visible, because it represents an indispensable part of the urban surrounding and vibrant, artistic part of Belgrade.”

Paris has had a big impact on the Belgrade graffiti scene. One example of this is the street artist, Jens, who after his stay in Paris brought a new style from the Parisian streets to Belgrade. In doing so he revived and re-launched the street art scene of the ’90s, which was almost dead due to the political and economic difficulties that the country was going through. Famous Parisian artists have visited Belgrade and left their artwork on the walls of the city (Black le Rat, REMED) and many Serbian artists have spent time in Paris, where they acquired new insights and inspiration for their art.

The author with a copy of Street Art BelgradeThe author of Street Art Belgrade and a few of the ‘big names’ from the Belgrade graffiti scene will be in Paris during the first week of the exhibition to give interviews and chat to fans.

The exhibition itself will run from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 21 October. For the purposes of this exhibition, local Belgrade publishers, Komshe, have produced a special French language version of the book – bringing its unique insights and over 500 colour photographs closer to a Francophone public.

Street Art Belgrade is available online directly from the publisher’s website or from all good bookshops across Serbia. Serbian speakers can also find out more about the book at www.beogradskigrafiti.com.

For a couple of excerpts of the book, focusing on the history of graffiti art in Belgrade, see our earlier articles here and here.

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