You Belong Here

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.Since last January I’ve been diligently coordinating with a group of magnificently talented french underground street artists in creating a  bridge to bring their unique talents to Philadelphia. This past October it happened, a crew of 4 talented french artists arrived at my door from a collective called Ars Muralis.
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A little background on Arsmuralis:

The anonymous French collectif ARS MURALIS was created 7 years ago.
The motto of the collectif is:  "Paste in silence  to make  maximum noise".
We seek to provoke emotions and reactions among passersbys. 
We are starting a dialogue and opening the debate by placing ourselves at the same level as anyone. The street was chosen to spread art and offer it to everyone: freely and free. In the street, in front of our works, all passers-by’s are equal. Art is in the street. The street is the museum of the world.
Why paste?
- Paste is to fully live our freedom of expression, despite the prohibition.
- Paste is to propose another way to exist in the public space.
 - Paste is to fix a drawing on a wall,
- Paste: nothing complicated.
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When they walked through the door and we began looking at all the art they brought to install on the streets of Philadelphia I was amazed by the incredible volume of pieces. Bringing  with them a ton of artworks from wheatpastes, stickers, video art and more. 
When embarking on an adventure in a foreign place a strong belief of mine is to hit the streets and cover as much ground as possible on foot and that’s exactly what we did. Along our travels through the streets of Philly the wind pointed us in the direction of Riverwards to grab some groceries. In doing so we ran into none other than Conrad Benner of the widely known Streets Dept
Awesome story short, a huge thank you not only goes out to Conrad Benner but also Arts & Crafts Holdings as well as Spring Arts PHL for welcoming this talented group of artists. 
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Upon our travels around the city and under the suggestion of Spring Arts PHL Arsmuralis and myself came upon the wall you see in this collection of photos.The perfectly sized windows, the incredible mural by artist Nero One and the support of Arts & Crafts Holdings as well as Spring Garden PHL This wall was exactly where Arsmuralis felt was the right home to honor Native American Chiefs who fought for their freedom and their homes across these lands. 
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Creating portraits of Native American Chiefs for the collectif, are symbols of America.
 
America is not armies, buldings and crime. It's earth of indigenous peoples first. America is nature, it's peace, animals, it's respect of formers. The Earth does not belong to man, it is man who belongs to the Earth.”  (Sitting Bull, Sioux Chef).
 
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