Jérôme Mesnager paints artwork for Franprix

Happy birthday Franprix! Working in association with the supermarket, veteran first-generation street artist, Jérôme Mesnager, plants his latest painting outside one of its shops. Mesnager’s mural celebrates the 60-years since its founding, depicting two of Mesnager’s 'hommes en blancs', who hold hands and seem to frolic into the distance, surrounded by birds. Part of the Casino group which holds an 11.6% share of the French market, and owns chains across the world, from Brazil to the Indian Ocean, Franprix is far from a small community institution to be cherished and celebrated.

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Interview with Jerry Batista

Jerry Batista comes from Grajaú in São Paulo's Zona Sul district and co-runs the A7MA gallery in the city's Vila Madalena neighbourhood with a group of artists and screenprinters whom he has grown up alongside in the city's graffiti-street art and music scenes. Here's an interview with Jerry made in Grajaú, accompanied by images of a mural he's painted here in Paris' main mural district, the 13th arrondissement.

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Interview with Mathieu Tremblin

Originally from Le Mans, Mathieu Tremblin works in Strasbourg on multi-dimensional pieces that are sometimes subtly satirical and other times blatantly candid. With an approach to the city linked to sixties libertarian texts, Visual Studies, and French Theory, Mathieu Tremblin develops humorous and subtle artistic gestures, actions and interventions for an audience of passersby. In this interview Mathieu discusses the relationship between public ownership, the power of art and the urban context.

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Interview with Dede & Nitzan Mintz

Street poet Nitzan Mintz and street artist, Dede, both from Tel-Aviv, have painted work in front of the Petit Cambodge restaurant and Le Carillon bar, two sites synonymous with the 13 November terror attacks which took place last year. Both artists explain the intervention here, with a healthy dose of humour at the start, becoming more solemn later into the interview.

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Interview with Nelio

Nelio comes from a graphic design and classic graffiti background, producing a geomteric style similar to the Constructivist and Suprematist aesthetic. He favours street painting to producing in a workshop, especially abandoned spaces, in which he creates site-specific work that draws out the architectural shapes, textures and ambiances to form the narrative, transforming these spaces into places. Here, he explains to Streetartparis.fr his artistic development and different techniques for developing new work.

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Interview with Louis Masai Michel

While the United Nations climate conference, COP21, has been going on here in Paris, London-based artist and muralist, Louis Masai, has been here painting coral hearts inside Montparnasse station and on walls in the 11th and 10th arrondissements. We've been out in the streets with Louis finding out about his artistic intention.

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Philippe Hérard on Belleville and his “gugusses”

If you’ve already ventured into Belleville, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, you can be sure you’ve walked past one of Philippe Hérard’s “gugusses”. The French artist has been based in this French quartier – home to Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier – for the past 25 years, and has kindly received us into his atelier, for an interview and coffee.

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Interview with Thomas Dityvon aka Mister Pee

With a professional background as a graphic designer and illustrator, having for years been the comic strip illustrator for a popular kids magazine, Dityvon explains: "In France, the supermarket industry, this kind of culture, it's very dangerous for our minds... This is why my characters are always wearing hats, because the hat or the tie, for me, it represents the politics, or big industrials - big bosses".

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Interview with Intra Larue

French street artist Intra Larue started casting plaster sculptures from her breasts as a joke. She works a day-job and hasn’t told her father about the endeavour yet, which is surprising because with 450 painted breasts and counting, her sculptures are slowly giving flecks of colour to a grey Paris.

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Graffiti at Place de la République

Documentary of a three-metre high hoarding at Place de la République, painted by Parisian graffiti artists, juxtaposed with images of the politicised messages graffitied onto the Statue de la République, itself, accompanied by an interview with one of the invited artists - and veteran graffiti journalist - Nicolas Gzeley.

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