For the the STRP festival 2022 i initiated, curated and produced the project Mine is smaller than yours by the Slovenian artist that uses the alias Name:
In this project the innovative artist Name: collaborates with other artists and graffiti writers in the creation of the world’s smallest graffiti, using nanotechnology. In different locations in Eindhoven, related to the Philips history, we placed 10 new nano graffitis. During the STRP festival visitors could see the videos of the nano graffitis in Eindhoven and other places around the world. There is a map so visitors can find the real nano graffitis in public space. Invisible for the naked eye you can only see them when scanning the small QR next to the nanograffiti.
Already since the 1980s, the height of the New York City graffiti era, the graffiti scene has been marked by artists battling one another to demonstrate the superiority of their skills in terms of every possible parameter (size, color, number, new typography styles) and to occupy the best, most eye-catching spots with their works. In the ever-present street art battles for a graffiti artist’s place under the sun, Name: has used clever moves to assert his visible position on the scene. By developing nanograffiti, the smallest graffiti in the world, he humorously surpassed other graffiti works in size – which is also a way of actually giving meaning to the existence of invisible graffiti in the city streets.
We didn’t get the full funding we needed, but with help from a lot of friends we made it happen! Thanks to all of you!
While i invited Pablo for a talk and release a new print we also managed to paint a nice mural in collaboration with the municipality of Eindhoven. Pablo’s goal in his work is to give attention but also strenght towards the migrants going from middle and north America towards the USA. The words he paints are gathered while he joins the migrants on their journey. Thank you Ruud Jacobs for the opportunity!
So happy to get to know Pablo when i invited him for a lecture in KEVN in Eindhoven. And even more happy we had a full house! Thanks all for coming and supporting his cause!
THE LIGHT OF THE BEAST Artist talk with Pablo Allison
Curated by Jasper van Es Thursday 24 March 20:00 KEVN / Galileistraat 2 / Eindhoven NL
Pablo Allison is a photographer and graffiti writer focusing on the Central American migrants who travel on the train towards the United States. He captures their travels with his photography and honors their courage in his graffiti. Pablo will come to Eindhoven to talk about his work and share his unique experiences. He will also bring some of his publications related to the project.
Pablo Allison was born in Manchester and grew up in Mexico City. He later returned to live in the UK where he completed his degree in Documentary Photography between the London College of Communication and the University of Wales, Newport.
He is interested in exploring Ideas such as control, reclusion, displacement, freedom, entrapment and migration among others through his practice.
He is currently working on a ´long term project´ focusing on the landscape of Mexico that goes unnoticed and which is mainly observed only by Central American migrants who travel on the train towards the United States.
His images have been published by The Huffington Post, National Geographic, TeleSur, Vice Magazine, El Pais, Juxtapoz and has contributed with NGO’s such as Amnesty International and ActionAid among others. He currently lives and works in Latin America.
Beginning of 2022 I curated a Mural by Jeroen Erosie in Woensel West on the restaurant Chomicha. End of 2021 they had a fire in the kitchen… so a lot had to be done to fix the place. After the inside we started on the outside. So happy that one of Eindhovens best muralist/post-graffiti artist accepted the challenge and transformed this restaurant of Mo into an iconic place! Give it a visit and enjoy Mo’s great food!
During the Dutch Design Week i curated a show with post-graffiti artists Antigoon and Ralph Roelse, two artists i coach within the UC Masters project. Nearly 8.000 people visited the exhibition that seamlessly connected with the impressive industrial basement under the skatepark of Area 51.
Post graffiti as a concept has “shifted back and forth between the radically opposite directions and eventually stuck somewhere between letters and non-letters, legality and illegality, wall and canvas, intelligibility and unintelligibility“ as Kristina Borhes rightly points out. From subway graffiti styles on canvas propagated as the new painting by gallerist Sidney Janis in 1983 to Olivier (Kosta- Thefaine) Stak declaring post-graffiti an autonomous practice of unauthorized public markings beyond the tag/piece concept in 2003, post-graffiti has denoted everything and its opposite on the graffiti/art-continuum.  Still, the term floats around. If nothing else, it refers to artists who have taken the “gateway drug”, in Antigoon’s words, of graffiti writing. An experience and impregnation which can’t be erased from their artistic history.
You’d be surprised – or maybe not – how many of today’s more interesting and independent artists are, or at least have been, involved in the illicit name writing game on urban surfaces around you. You might have recognized that these signs and signatures, elaborated paintings and sloppy marks – may you approve of them or not – demand and display a significant range of qualities, artistic and otherwise.
The exhibition Antigoon x Ralph Roelse has been given no title except for their names – and the little x in between them. In the world of fashion, such an x fashionably indicates a collaboration between brands, limited editions mostly. Now artists are not mere brands – at least some of them – and while they can collaborate in a stricter sense, like Warhol x Basquiat for example, the duo exhibition at hand is a far more detached dialogue….