Mappery For the love of maps

Aime Cesaire by c215

This week, we start a series with the artist Christian Guemy. C215, Christian Guemy’s artistic pseudonym, is a French street artist renowned for his unique blend of historical figures and vintage map boards. By transforming these weathered maps into canvases, C215 breathes new life into forgotten objects while leaving a powerful commentary on the passage of time and the enduring legacy of influential figures.

A Fusion of Past and Present

C215’s signature style involves meticulously stencilling portraits of iconic individuals—activists, scientists, artists, and more—directly onto the aged surfaces of map boards. These maps, often discarded or forgotten, become powerful symbols of the past. By juxtaposing these historical figures with the faded geography, C215 compels viewers to contemplate the connection between the past, present, and future.

A Street Art Pioneer

C215 is considered a pioneer of the French street art movement. He emerged in the early 2000s, bringing his art form to the streets of Paris and beyond. His work can be found adorning walls, buildings, and even abandoned spaces throughout Europe and across the globe.

More Than Just Portraits

While portraits are a defining element of C215’s art, his work delves into social commentary. He has used his stencils to address issues of war, poverty, and environmental degradation. The weathered maps themselves become a metaphor for the fragility of our world and the need to learn from the past.

C215’s art transcends the boundaries of traditional street art. By using vintage map boards as his canvas, he creates a powerful dialogue between past and present, reminding us of the enduring impact of history’s figures and the importance of learning from their legacies.

For further exploration, you can search online for:

  • Images of C215’s street art
  • Interviews with C215

C215 website is (link to the English version).

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