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In Situ Art Festival

May 24, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

In the heart of Fort d’Aubervilliers, a former fortification of Paris, there is a huge 2 acres field of untouched vegetation that surrounds the empty open-air parking lots and warehouses. However, it is intended to soon become an eco district including housing, shops and amenities. Currently, this vast urban area brings together 40 artists partaking in the In Situ Art Festival until July 14, in order to open the site to the public as a place of creativity before its transformation.

In Situ Art Festival
Borondo

Secret

They are meeting in secret for several weeks, together with residents of Fort d’Aubervilliers and all those who visit the festival, to give a statement through their artistic interventions in relation to this transition, echoing the particular time that is going through this site, including the demolition of some buildings scheduled for this fall.

In Situ Art Festival
Jana & JS

Urban Heritage

They will also interpret the richness of history and urban heritage embedded in this site on the walls of buildings slated for demolition. The field of exposure is spread over two acres, hosting a variety of artistic media. Among the invited artists are famous names such as Borondo, David Walker, Guy Denning, Levalet and Jef Aerosol, to only name a few.

In Situ Art Festival
Jef Aerosol

Preservation?

This unique urban art event is in its scope, rare in Europe. With this event, the festival aims to open the site and support its rebranding by including it in the land of culture and creation. A little more than three weeks is left until this immense venture gets its final appearance. We recommend you to hurry up to “the crime scene”, since many creations at the end of the festival will be destroyed. Same as the Paris Tower 13 experiment, the In Situ Art Festival shows bluntly, and due to the circumstances even ruthlessly, the very ephemeral nature of urban art, leaving us with questions of how to preserve such fragile and temporal artworks.

In Situ Art Festival
David Walker

Photo credit: From the Skyline