Photo-Collages of Urban Writings, as the Reflections of a Popular Culture
After some years spent in Argentina, I have taken many pictures of graffiti, stencils as well as logos, neon lights, symbols: all graphic expressions that transmit information. With these photos, I make collages. The final picture mirrors an idea, a specific moment, symbolic of the society the writings come from.
When someone takes a walk, at best he will come across a funny word or a lovely phrase, but most of the time he will only see tags, swear words and a few love promises. The collages allow a concentration of the most creative, poetic, comical or unusual messages that I gather according to themes. Graffiti go back to the dawn. Scribbled words, drawings daubed reflect rebellious, protesting or philosophical ideas.
Today, we can add a strong notion of identity illustrated by what are called tags. In a world where anonymity takes over, people need to impose their name or their signature to prove their own existence.
Like music, graffiti may be compared to a universal language with its local specifics. It is interesting to note that in Buenos Aires or in Paris, walls are covered with animals just as if the need to reconcile with nature became vital in these megalopolises.
Whether rural or urban, messages add, complete and enrich one another, no matter the language, even if English is spreading over.
Graffiti are living testimonials. The Vox Populi says: If media belong to you, walls are ours.
Born in France. Bachelor in Sociology from Paris X University.
Evelyne Chevallier has worked for 20 years in the field of photography as a producer, as the head of a picture department in the press, as a journalist, as an iconographer…
In 2010, after a trip to Northern Argentina, Chevallier decided to settle down there for half of her time. Facing the Andes, she was fascinated by such powerful nature. But the solitude inherent to this life in the desert, plus the discovery of the local graffiti (which, like everywhere else, screamed or shouted one’s love or pain) pushed her to look for a loophole: digital collage was the solution. A work of passion that has become a permanent job, which she initiated in Argentina, has followed its way to France, New York and, today, Canada for all of summer 2014.
Since 2012, Evelyn Chevallier has show work in Argentina, Japan, and France. During the summer of 2014, she is artist-in-residence at Le Cabinet in Montreal.