Art on the streets of Paris has been the research subject for a group of Masters students who visited the city last week.
AUDI FAREZA explains that her group are researching street art in terms of its social and political expression, for their Media and Cultural Theory (“M95MC”) module which has a strong emphasis on application of theory through research practice.
Audi’s own research in particular is looking at the ‘myth’ of Banksy, and analysing his persona as part of a wider street art landscape that could been seen as a movement.
The trip to Paris has enriched her research and her outlook; “the trip shifted my perspective on my work a lot because now I see art as a motion, a part of a process – it doesn’t matter what art is but what it brings”.
As a January starter Audi has had to hit the ground running this year, and cover a lot in a short space of time. Going to Paris was a real highlight of her experience here at Coventry so far.
‘I enjoyed it so much even though I’m tired. My favourite part was when we visited the building ’59 Rivoli’, it’s an unorthodox art museum for people who don’t belong or aren’t accepted to other galleries – this building seems to represent an art movement in Paris.’
59 Rivoli is a building that artists looking for a place to both work and live began squatting in during the late 1990s. It’s now a legal operation, open to the public, and consisting of artists studios across six floors, and a gallery on the ground floor, presenting new exhibitions every couple of weeks.
Unlike traditional art galleries, by inviting the public into their actual studios, visitors to 59 Rivoli get to see all of the artists’ work in their own working environment, not just the usual hand picked and finished exhibition pieces.
The three day long trip was supported with funding from Coventry University’s Centre for Global Engagement, and allowed the students to explore many of the less well known areas of the city from their base near Gare du Nord.
Audi also highlighted that the field trip has not only helped her with this particular module, but will also help her with her dissertation because she’s going to be using the same methods of visual methodology that she practiced with her Paris research.
During the trip, Audi and her fellow students took a lot of photos to capture the street art. This photography will form part of a collective exhibition to showcase the culmination of work from students across the whole module, at the Lanchester Gallery on 15th and 16th July. In anticipation of the exhibition, we have only been treated to a very small sneak preview so far, but please visit the exhibition to see much more.
Audi Fareza is a current student on the Communication Culture and Media MA Course.