Lille.  At Wazemmes, a duo of artists dresses the facade and walls of the Pop Café for an exhibition

Lille. At Wazemmes, a duo of artists dresses the facade and walls of the Pop Café for an exhibition

Emilie applies glue to leaves while Eric puts some on the wall, Wednesday, September 21st. After that, the accuracy of placing large sheets one by one is required. (©Amandine Vachez / News from Lille)

It’s a first! of artists take over the Pop Café de Wazemmes in Lille (North), for this cultural return. and Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Artistic duo BABB installed an extensive “100% pop” collage on the facade equipment and some it works on the wall inside.

Discover a new aspect of the profession

Emilie and Eric, the artistic duo who have been at BABB since 2016, have created bespoke works for this unique exhibition. Visible from September 22 (vernissage takes place on September 1ahem October), will stay there for a month. “We were contacted by Romain from Pop Café. He wanted to make an exhibition around the digital. We liked the idea, it allowed us to discover another side of the profession,” says Emilie between two collages of plates on the facade.

And Eric added: “It happened naturally. We had to make measurements for the facade and adjust everything. » Careful work to make the collages fit perfectly on the brick walls, cut by the store’s glass doors.

Dedicated work

Emilie and Eric usually paint on canvas. This time they had fun putting their unique (and colorful) spin on photos of the work on display in the cafe.

“We are talking about relationships between men and women, we are committed to the fight against violence against women,” insists Emilie. In their works, these aspects are found in various forms.

On the facade of the cafe, now very colorful, there is a silhouette of a man, another silhouette of a woman, a few words and talking artistic references: the bubble “Low” or “the famous banana Warhol”, Eric introduces us.

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“The idea is that with each new passage people discover new things,” comments the artist, who made many sketches beforehand. “We have signs and symbols that come back. What we want is to break the image of a patriarchal society,” adds Emilie.

Having carefully measured and sketched the facade collages, Eric checks the dimensions by eye before placing each piece of work.
Having carefully measured and sketched the facade collages, Eric checks the dimensions by eye before placing each piece of work. (©Amandine Vachez / News from Lille)

In the city in Douai, in the gallery in Lille

The duo’s works will be on display for a month at the Pop Café. You can also see his work in Douai, in November for 15 days, on the occasion of the day against violence against women, and find achievements in the Lill’art Gallery, rue des Vieux-Murs in Lille.

An experience destined to continue

At Pop Café, we see this openness of art as a new way of presenting artists. “Pop Café is above all a place of life in the neighborhood. With events like this, we want to offer something new, to rekindle the energy of rue Jules-Guesde, which suffers from a bad reputation,” sums up Guillaume, our on-site contact during the installation.

The team wants to develop its cultural proposition, especially around street art, which fits well with its identity. “We want to keep this concept,” announces Guillaume. In addition, he and Romain are looking for other artists to offer to express themselves.

If you are interested, you can go directly to the cafe or write to the address [email protected].

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