If you should assign an artistic category to each city, I think Amiens would be connected to Street Art. While I was taking a walk in this city, I noticed this little town brings together all types of ‘street art tags’. Seeing all the kind of street art made me realize it’s close to the idea of fashion.
If you go to the website of Banksy, you can read the definition of street art.
The term includes the practice of graffiti, graffiti stencil, video projection, the creation of poster, pastel on streets and sidewalks. The term ‘street art’ is usually used to distinguish an art form of vandalism. The subversive ‘street art’ is very powerful and the motivations that drive artists to display their art in the street are the most varied. Sometimes by activism, sometimes to mean a dissatisfaction with a fact of society or just simply to pass a message striking, ‘street art’ is a bit the free gallery of contemporary artists. It is a medium of communication very powerful which is aimed at a wide audience since easily accessible and visible.
The city of Amiens brings all of this together. The claimant “street art” to the engaged “street art” through the decorative “street art”, we find all this while walking the streets of the city.
Indeed, this is what I have seen during my last visit here. In my last post on the “street art” called StreetBarroco, I have mentioned a place called “La Briqueterie”. This is a place that is full of street art.
In this place there is not only the beauty of the art that matters, there is also the message that the artists aim to spread. However, the tags are constantly replaced by other works even more impressive than the other. There is all kind of claims in “La Briqueterie”. Recently with the presidential French, these are mostly politically committed works that flourish. But with each new visit, a new cause will be expressed on these walls.
When you wake up in the morning and you choose the clothes you’re about to wear. Why did you choose this typical skirt and this pair of shoes? Is it to please? Is it to catch the eye? Is it to deliver a message about yourself, your personality? It is simply by love for the fashion and nothing more?
You can ask the same questions for a masterpiece. What the work says on the author? Why did he realize it? Why this choice of colors? Is it for the style? Is it to mark the spirits? To deliver a message? Why?
A lot of question emerges. As some works in the street of Amiens, some fashion collection is engaged. Some fashion collection is made to be remembered in the history. Some other are made to make the author famous. Most of the collection is made for fashion, but with the love of fashion, there is often something else to discover. Feminism, for example, can be reflected in your clothes. And even if the designer loves to draw and create line he also made it because he aims to defend feminism. This is what Miuccia Prada does when she returns to feminist form in the 2017 autumn/winter fashion show in Milan. The Guardian talks about it this way in this article.
Just think about it tonight but I think that art, street art, and fashion are in the first degree very different with different purposes: the clothing and the art. But if we are even more interested in it we can allow seeing two forms of claiming and expressions there