Blessures / Bleu
Very much in progress!
Blessures/Blue is a new and forming body of work, born from a week's stay in Paris, France during the 2019 strikes that shut down the majority of mass transportation networks and institutions during my time there. It seeks to evaluate the attitudes of the citizens towards late-term reformations. The strikes in Paris were formidable to say the least, genuinely shocking to see the amount the control that the workers of Paris were able to exert, and the pressure they maintained. I could not help but to question if such arbitration would be effective in major American cities, and how limited the rights of American workers seem to be. I found myself in one of the myriads of cafes continuing to consider how impossible a strike of this nature would be in America, and while listening to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue the cobalt blue of the traditional French working class uniform came into view as the perfect vehicle to discuss the observations of my stay. The beautiful buildings of Paris were canvases of dissent and dissatisfaction. Their walls, the color of unbleached linen, were covered in graffiti and messages of unrest and rebellion: Anarchy symbols spray-painted on the walls of national banks, tunnels covered in anti-police graffiti, still fresh and smelling of chemicals.