30nov15. Miami, FL.
Such a cool idea ~ an unknown street artist merged iconic cultural symbols to make a cool piece of art. They used the image of Banksy’s rebel throwing flowers, Brussels’ number one representative image of its city – Manneken Pis – and frites, one of the main dishes Brussels is known for. Brilliant. In addition, I brought some friends along – NYC’s Primate by artist Joseph Meloy, The Tribal Mask by Bogota-based Aussie artist CRiSP, and WOPS! Festival promos for The Walk on The Pink Side Festival happening in Toulouse, France in October (16-18,) hosted by my favorite artist, French phenom FAFI.
1aug15. Brussels, Belgium.
Obsessed with the number and variety of pictures we take in every day, the most recent solo show of Fafi, “Fafi 2.0,” questions the legitimacy of the iconic images of today.
Selfies, inspirational posters, classics, diversions, memes…what will happen to the big mess that pollutes our field of vision? Does the original work of art have a future, as a material object?
Fafi thus questions the beauty and involvement as an artist, through several series of new works sometimes abandoning the Fafinettes’ central position for a more conceptual reflection.
Henceforth, in this new work, the Fafinette characters are placed in various images to serve the ideas of the artist.
27feb15. Paris, France. (translated -french to english- from the exhibition promo card)
Pioneering French street artist, graphic designer, comic book author, video director, designer/collaborator of specialty items for Swatch, Adidas, Coke Light, MAC Cosmetics, Warsteiner (and more!) and all-around superhuman, Fafi, can now add ‘restaurateur’ to the list of her epic accomplishments.
I first met her briefly in December 2013 in Miami, Florida, when she was a featured artist for “The Women of Wynwood Walls,” where she contributed a unique floral installation and a trademark Fafinette sporting a fez and high heels.
As I mentioned, it was a brief encounter, but the essence of her humanity shone through. She’s hyper-intelligent with a great sense of humor. She gives off a comfortable sense of being alone in a crowd. At the same time, she can be as subtle as a train wreck. For example, watching her install flowers on a gate in Miami, one naturally conjures up ideas of simplicity, purity, beauty, and innocence. Step away from the piece and one discovers the word “SALOPE” strategically placed within the colorful arrangement. I assumed it meant “pretty flower,” or something to that effect, in French. Fast forward two months later whilst studying French in Vancouver, I learnt that it actually means “SLUT.” Needless to say, the piece took on a whole new meaning after that. Such is art.
In addition to continuing to lead the life of a highly accomplished artist, Fafi alongside one of her dearest friends, Heidi, has opened Miss Banh-Mi, an incredible new Franco-Vietnamese fusion restaurant in the heart of Sentier. For two years, Fafi and Heidi sold their Banh-Mis at events like “We Love Green,” “Calvi on the Rocks,” and “10 Years of Ed Banger” ~ all the while pleasing the populace with delicious Vietnamese sandwiches and gaining enough momentum to eventually open the doors to their dream on January 29, 2015.
Restaurant Miss Banh-Mi
5, rue Mandar
Open daily for lunch 12-2pm (except Mondays)
Brunch on the weekends 12-530pm
Open for dinner from March 5th: 6-10pm
Métro : Sentier, Etienne Marcel, Réaumur – Sébastopol
Sites : http://missbanh-mi.tumblr.com/
All photos by me except where expressly written.
All opinions are my own.
Research for post: parisworldwide.com, sergeantpaper.com, doitinparis.com, the little margarita.wordpress.com
4mar15. Written in Kiev, after a weekend in Paris.