RENCONTRE & SIGNATURE : MOLITOR X KOUKA
The Bookshop has the great pleasure to welcome the artist Kouka for a signature in collaboration with the artistic team of Molitor.
Kouka will create a work on a wall of books putting «Molitor: artistic vibrations» in the spotlight. The books that make up this wall will be offered for sale at the Bookshop at the end of the performance.
For three decades the name of Molitor has been closely linked to the history of street art.
Temple of the underground in the years 1990/2000, while it was abandoned, the establishment developed as soon as it reopened, in 2014, an ambitious curatorial approach, faithful to the spirit of this period. It has allowed some 70 urban artists to each invest one of the cabins of the iconic winter pool, to freely create a work.
The book “Molitor: vibrations artistiques”, published by h’artpon, is the first inventory dedicated to this unique museum project.
We no longer present Kouka Ntadi, French-Congolese painter, born in Paris in 1981. Grandson of expressionist painter Francis Gruber, graduate of the School of Fine Arts in 2005, he never ceases to confront his origins, on his paintings as in the street. Developing different forms of the portrait, he develops his research themes around the essence of Man, and identity. His work is characterized by the expressiveness and spontaneity of the gesture, voluntarily revealing imperfections and drips. His painting plays with the codes of graffiti to better touch the heart of a research on the status of the image.
Since his famous “Bantu Warriors” which marked his first singular urban imprint, he keeps reminding that the public space, like the world, does not belong to anyone. Asserting himself with an almost obsessive work on the portrait, he creates a veil between the face of the artist and the spectator that becomes protection and vector of thought. Sometimes the figure disappears to give way to writing and its power. Work becomes a white surface where only the force of words is expressed. Indistinct, indecipherable, enigmatic, language is no longer identified, words are transformed into symbols like a return to universality.” Biography: Nadège Buffe (Taglialatella Gallery)