Artist Squat (Paris)

When I was younger, I wasn’t really around many artists, so I had little clue on how they worked or their place in the “rat race”. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was an artist. I was in denial for a time, but I’ve come to terms with it. Moreover, I realized that that they are an integral part of everyday lives. Imagine a life without art!

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I became a photographer in 2006 when I moved to Toronto, Canada for postgraduate studies in marketing. My family said I needed to find a job to support myself and everyone was in shock when it was a job in the field of art.

Artist: Luigi La FerlaIMG_3185IMG_3172IMG_3166IMG_3159

Since then, I have had a few jobs – including corporate jobs; but I balance myself with the artist inside me. I grew up in Manila, and as of writing, art is not a priority in the country. Reasonably so, due to the socio-economic status of majority of the population.IMG_3193IMG_3197IMG_3199IMG_3203IMG_3210

When I was invited to exhibit in Paris, it was also my first time in Europe – so imagine my excitement! I researched places to go and came across 59 Rivoli’s Artist Squat. IMG_3369IMG_3368

Work by Omar Mahfoudi.IMG_3361

Imagine a place where you can interact with artists using multi-mediums and of various disciplines – SOLD!

IMG_3383I loved how Luca Pellizzari held his pencil with such grace.

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Through the work of each individual, one could truly sense the world in their mind’s eye. The following artist is David Twose.IMG_3245IMG_3255IMG_3247

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“Fuck! Pas de Wi-Fi” installation by Gaspard Delanoe.IMG_3339IMG_3328

Artist photographed below is Eve Tesorio.IMG_3365

It was a pleasure exchanging stories and delving deeper into their world.

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Sandra Chérès

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I spoke lengthily with two artists, first is Sandra because I was inspired to see how simple pages can be transformed to a piece amalgamated with such meaning.IMG_3406IMG_3405

The last artist I spoke with was Helen – absolutely adored the simple complexities in her work! It spoke so much to me and we lengthily chatted about a collaboration (if you’re reading this, I’m still on that!).IMG_3398

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Helene Fromen

How she transforms simple curves and lines into shapes and forms that invoke such emotion and meaning is a present mystery.IMG_3414IMG_3391IMG_3396IMG_3420Should I have not been traveling with one suitcase, I would have shopped for some art here. But I remain optimistic, who knows – one day I’ll return and buy tons of art from these amazing artists! If you are in a position to do so, I say visit the place and support artists.

Photos and words: @RitzMarie

59 Rivoli, Paris, France

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It is a building filled with art and creators! Need I say more!?

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Ok, fine,,, because there is an urge to do so. Let me preface this discussion in describing the experience akin to the journey Alice went through in a rabbit hole.

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Each corner in the space was like entering a creative sanctuary.

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As happenstance would have it, I found myself in this trip with Hannah Locsin who’s working her way through through the profession of modeling. We met at an event in Paris and hit it off. But, we may have really bonded when we shared the realities of our living conditions, that was a laughing matter.

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Was refreshing to go through Wonderland with another wonderer while wandering.

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There is much discomfort in a journey such as ours, but what I have come to learn is to enjoy the moment while respecting the process of growing pains.

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Ang sakit eh – rumamdam at umusbong. Grabe.

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To make the journey even more dynamic, we stepped into another artist’s corner who was inspired by her beauty.

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He even drew her to life.

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Then we continued to explore, with all eyes wide open – except for the two of our own.

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It came to be an exercise in empathy, personally speaking.

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The building on 59 Rivoli in the First Arrondissement of Paris, France is “Artist’s Squat.”

Model: Hannah Locsin (Women, Paris)
Photography: Ritz Marie

P.S.

Working on another article showing the people we met.
So, stay tuned.