«Portrait 4#» by La dame qui colle

Interview about her project «Portrait 4#»

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Portrait 4#

Location : Lille, North France

Year : 2021 – september

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

I chose the 4 # portrait. Drawing of a woman who falls and seems to get up. It is human-sized, it marks the existence of a woman in this place, in this street. It is a trompe l’oeil of reality. My job is to make people believe that the person is there and exists at that moment.
• To transform the space or to show what you cannot see there.

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

I deliberately chose this street. This is a street where women do not go. It is not prohibited, it is tacit. No one forbade me to stick, I just came at a time of day when no one is awake.

Yet I defied the macho ban to have a female presence in this street.

La dame qui colle – Portrait #4 – @ladame_quicolle https://www.instagram.com/ladame_quicolle/tagged/

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

The work is completely linked to the place where it existed. This street which belongs to men, it belonged for a few hours to women too.

I just wanted to claim our space, our travel rights in the city.

La dame qui colle – Portrait #4 – @ladame_quicolle https://www.instagram.com/ladame_quicolle/tagged/

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

This work questioned the place of women in this street and symbolically in all the streets tacitly forbidden to women. The participation of the inhabitants was in the exchanges with so many women who say that this street is not safe.

How did the inhabitants react? How did the men on this street react instead?
The paste-up only lasted 3 hours. It is the shortest duration of one of my drawings.

La dame qui colle – Portrait #4 – @ladame_quicolle https://www.instagram.com/ladame_quicolle/tagged/

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

I like to stick in the middle of the day. It is important for me that the inhabitants or pedestrians can understand this project. Is this a way to take part? Each meeting during the collage is a discussion on the place of women in our societies. the portraits I offer are of people who live in this city. What better way than to share the ordinary femininity of our neighborhoods.

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

There are 2 questions! does my work modify the space? Yes partially. My work questions «why is there a woman on this wall? Who is she? What does a woman represent facing the public in the street?». I just have no answer of how this alters the space. but at least women are more visible. Aesthetically well done? I draw from a photo. my work gives the feeling of reality.

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

My work can live with the city. Some people have asked me on Instagram to take care of it in the cities I have been to. I like knowing that these street guards stay there, strong! I just don’t want people to take them off to steal them. Some ended up beheaded. It is a sign that there is a dialogue between the street and these portraits.
When a portrait passes by quickly, I wonder: is it a steal? or a rejection of the project? I watch what neighborhood it happens in and after how long.
The street is a spectator who claims all philosophical, political and spiritual positions.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

I think you know by now. My work has value, which the women and men walking in the street lend it.

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

I have not encountered any real problems. The response of people who snatch, torn,
behead is an answer to be taken. The project can cost me a lot of money, that’s for sure.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

Urban art is important for freedom of expression. Freedom counting as:
I want to continue working on «ordinary violence» experienced by a part of society (sentient beings) which goes against this society which is going too fast, too hard. Make way for human beings who are looking for a solution to live better.

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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