Au-delà des installations artistiques aux quatre coins de Port-Louis le grand kiff de la première édition reste sans conteste ces murs gigantesques peints en Live durant les 3 soirs du festival. Porlwi remet ça et Jurgen Eric aka Gun responsable Street Art et membre des collectifs (prenez votre respiration) Bark in the Yard (Londres), Style Needs No Color (Berlin) et Army of Snipers (Hawaï), a ressorti son carnet d’adresses grand comme le Monde pour attirer des Street Artists en herbe ou confirmés, d’ici et d’ailleurs : « Si en 2015 nous avons voulu une programmation Street Art représentative des différentes techniques artistiques, cette année la programmation s’inscrit dans le thème People avec une grande diversité d’artistes et d’influences culturelles. La programmation fait aussi la part belle aux femmes et s’ouvre aux plus jeunes avec la participation de Milmvs et des écoliers de l’École du Centre. »
Porlwi proposera une nouvelle fois un équilibre entre une scène mauricienne émergente et une scène internationale foisonnante pour « établir un dialogue artistique, valoriser la scène locale et la décomplexer, dans l’optique qu’un jour, la scène mauricienne puisse s’exprimer dans d’autres festivals » nous explique Jurgen. 15 performances pour 7 artistes (ou collectifs) mauriciens et 10 artistes étrangers venus d’Allemagne, de Singapour, des États-Unis, de Chine, de France, de La Réunion, d’Autriche, tous attirés et inspirés par l’énergie que le collectif Porlwi emmène au pays et la diversité culturelle locale. Quel plaisir de voir tant de nationalités différentes et d’artistes reconnus se déplacer spécialement pour un événement culturel sur notre île !
Le Street Art et Porlwi poursuivent donc leur belle histoire pour « créer une nouvelle façon de découvrir Port-Louis, repenser des bâtiments et leurs places dans les quartiers de la capitale, et fédérer une communauté autour de ces œuvres » conclut un Jurgen Eric passionné par un mouvement artistique à l’impact universel.
Place aux artistes ! Découvrez la programmation Street Art du festival à travers les mots de son artisan Jurgen Eric aka Gun:
Kid Kreol & Boogie (La Réunion)
Born in Reunion Island, the artist duo met at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts du Port. Their practice consist of an imaginative world that takes root in the Indian Ocean region and affirms their strong hope for the revival of the Kreol language and music. In an attempt to render this mythical world more tangible, they take their art to the streets, in particular to abandoned sites and wastelands that act as catalysts, conveying their message.
Born in 1981 in Beijing, Xingxing graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Art from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. She lives and works in Beijing and Jingdezhen (China) and specializes in mural artwork of incredible complexity, illustration, ceramics and sculpture.
The French artist Julien Malland aka Seth, is on a mission to cover the world with his colorful street art. His work incorporates local symbols and subjects from the surroundings with the message being mostly playful and sometimes political. Seth is a founding member of the documentary series Les Nouveaux Explorateurs (Canal+), which allowed him to travel to all corners of the world whilst discovering a diverse set of local and international street art talent and exposing them to a global audience. (NDLR : la performance de Seth se fera dans l'Electro Square (photo) entouré d'artistes électro de l'île Maurice)
Quintessenz is a duo of artists from Berlin interested in materials, space and in the transition between the two. The accent is on film, installation, painting and experience, with an approach rooted in graffiti. They started out as a team in 2008, collaborating on projects during their time at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Hildesheim. The "handmade" aspect is central to their practice. Their work combines the digital and analogue realms and encompasses formative and functional elements for an organic, substantial style. They embrace constant change and evolution (NDLR: Quintessenz va peindre sur le plus grand mur du festival : 35 mètres de haut !)
Frau Isa (Austria)
Frau Isa is an artist and illustrator living in her favorite city Vienna, Austria. Frau Isa loves to paint and convert paper, canvases, walls and other objects into fairy-tales. Most of the time she uses acrylics, but she also dabbles in digital art. Besides her life as an artist and member of The Weird Collective, she runs a small company for illustration and graphic design with her husband, Oliver, which runs by the name of Wald & Schwert.
Floe (La Reunion)
Floe is a graphic designer and muralist from La Reunion. She has produced designs and artwork for notable clients such as Playstation, Sega, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner, Activision and Coca Cola, to name but a few. Her work is mostly figurative with a strong emphasis on funny, female characters.
The Ink & Clog (Singapore)
The Ink & Clog is the emergence of two individuals, Inkten and Clogtwo, a graphic artist and a graffiti writer, who paint eclectic murals throughout the world. Their body of work originates from Singapore and involves the exploration of vast mediums, from the complexity of the digital realm to the conception of fine arts.
Dévid is inspired by subjects which are irrational and mystical by nature. The artist is currently drawing in black and white using acrylic markers and felt-tips. He defends that everything is ever evolving, including his practice. He draws on paper, wood, walls and any other recyclable plane surface, and picks up elements of our daily lives. This practice is in line with his philosophy of liberating oneself of prejudices and seeing beauty in places and objects we don't expect. Ultimately he would like to create artwork which conveys messages of awareness and instigates reflection.
Armenian-born Emil Movsisyan aka Milmvs is a founding member of the Primative Ö collective and living in Mauritius since 12 years. Nature is of great influence to the young artist's artwork. September 2015 was a pivotal month in his career, marking the debuts of the Primative Ö collective. He has come to understand that art and values can alter today's society and pave the way to a more open and creative way of life.
His favorite medium is acrylic paint for depths and texture, applied with knife or brush. One can see him doing random strokes at the beginning but at the end the brush swirls and paints between colors, looking for a place to exist and trying to meet other strokes like it.
Twenty-eight year old Estelle Desvaux de Marigny aka Zola is what you would call a Renaissance woman. Mo nom blan, mo seve mazambik—she expresses her passion for Mauritian culture in her creations which include ravannes with hip motives, cushions with imprinted words, foot jewelry, to name but a few.
Twenty-three year old Elliah Lekshailee aka Shailee has been drawing since she first held a pen and intends to never put it down. Unlike most artists her work cannot be reduced to one specific movement or technique, but is drawn to intricate designs, detail and precision.
Chloe Ip (Mauritius)
Visual arts has attracted Chloé from a very young age. Following a course in photojournalism and her debut as a photographer, Chloe discovered her real passion in the art of collages. She evolved through a variety of techniques—sometimes digital but mostly handmade—with her imaginative worlds being composed of female figures, flowers, spiritual subject matter, the animal kingdom, to name but a few. Chloe has earned her reputation as a collagist, has been involved in the key visual of the Porlwi by Light 2015 festival, and since had numerous occasions to present her work to the general public.
EDC Banc-sy (Mauritius)
Without timeline, without restrictions, in numerous languages, the EDC Banc-sy collective mixes ancient history with today's imagination. The members of the collective are 9-10 years old, i.e. two hundred students of the Ecole du Centre, who have chosen personalities and icons of the Mauritian history as subject matter. The benches are a thematic representation of characters such as Pieter Both, Mahé de La Bourdonnais, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul and Virginia, Pope Hennessy, Queen Victoria, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Ti-Frère, to name but a few.