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Antoni Muntadas

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Format (in centimeters)35x50 cm
PaperSirène 150g

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Antoni Muntadas, Spanish artist, living primarily in New York. We made a first work together in 1994 he exhibited at the gallery of the old post office in Calais and we did a print from a press image on the opening of the Channel Tunnel by François Mitterrand and Queen of England. It was obvious for me to invite him to participate in the posters and he said yes without having an exact idea. That one came when he was invited to participate in Arles Photography Encounters. He fell on a graffiti saying Everything is political, chalked on a wall and photographed, and then sent it to me as a single project, significant of his work.
We worked together again in 2003. That year, he was artist in residence at Fresnoy, Tourcoing and phoned his arrival to tell me that in the course of this year we should find plenty of time to make a edition. He already had the idea: ALL IS WELL, a sentence he was publishing in print in all the countries he crossed: this sentence is declined in all languages in the policies of all countries. The project evolved triptych blue / white / red, to stick to the French flag and tell a story in three images: Blue is the city, the city where people live. White parliament where policies are the laws of the Republic for our good. finally red to indicate the revolt of the people.
One day, we went with family in Arles. We stumbled on the entire wall with the words of the poster.

Later, Muntadas returned to Lille to sign these serigraphs and he introduced me to a young student of Fresnoy, Kingsley NG with whom I had the opportunity to make a nice editing experience. Just landed in Fresnoy it Vietnamo / Canadian wanted to work with the French loaf, one of the first objects he found on arriving in France.
He has worked with children of Tourcoing schools to produce an edition of wrapping paper French loaf. The dissemination was done then free to bakers neighborhood to the Fresnoy.

Alain Buyse