THE WALLS OF AUDUBON AT THE ANGLET BIENNIAL

THE WALLS OF AUDUBON AT THE ANGLET BIENNIAL

The artist Antoine Martinet, alias MioSHe, is invited to paint for the eighth edition of the Littorale L’Écume des vivants, Anglet’s international biennial of contemporary art curated by Lauranne Germond, COAL. This mural is part of the Audubon Walls, a vast artistic movement for endangered birds, which continues in France the Audubon Mural Project, initiated by the Audubon Society and the Gitler Gallery in the United States.

Image credits: Mioshe, La Littorale, Biennale Anglet, 2021 © Andrea Mantovani

In collaboration with Fabien Damestoy, eco-guard at the Izadia Ecological Park, Antoine creates species on the walls of the city’s skating rink, huge coastal birds facing tiny humans. This inversion of scale attracts attention and questions our relationship with the living. “The idea is to honor bird species that are not always visible, to make them monumental, 3-4 times larger than humans, to thwart the assumption that it is humans who are at the top of the chain,” he says. A reversal of magnitudes that commands respect.

MioSHe’s universe, which mixes hybrid and chimerical figures, fauna and flora, the masculine and the feminine, the meticulous and the monumental, can make us think of certain paintings of the Flemish renaissance which would be told in a contemporary language. Mioshe deploys a bestiary and an allegorical herbarium, sometimes strange, sometimes unvarnished and often marvelous. In the public space, his murals are often connected to the environment: the encounters, the history of the building, the neighborhood, the city, the colors of the landscape, the architectural forms in the vicinity and the surrounding nature are all elements considered by the artist as avenues to explore for the realization of his works in situ.

Watch Jennifer Aujame’s film about the MioShe mural in Anglet.
And to go further, the sound documentary on YOGCAST for a timeless journey with the artist Antoine Martinet and the eco-guard of the park Izadia.

And discover the birds represented on birds.net


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