Artist in Residence - Jonathan Longuet
(1984) ,lives and works in Bordeaux,France
'JUNGLE ME' 2014 Series (*)
Green Graffiti / Installations / Photography / Laboratory (**) / Street intervention / Workshop (***)
“In Human/Environment interactions, they are messengers , visuals, chemicals, structural…This is the language that I explore through my researches”
For this series,Jonathan Longuet questioned the notion of the urban jungle-jungle me(i),density,movement -with a focus on the people evolving in such an environment, their relationship with that world wich defines their identity. To conduct this project ,he began a conversation with a person who deals everydays with these issues - Manou, street fashion photographer. This exchange of ideas transformed itself into a collaboration.Manou photographs people on street of India an Jonathan proposes a 'vegetal' version of these subjects - a kind of inventory of originality, difference, and evolving identities.
The result of this artistic collaboration is the series ‘JUNGLE ME’ especially made for Niv Art Centre.
Jonathan Longuet works with a 'living plant paint' ,Green Graffiti, and on the development of autonomous evolutive paintings. Green Graffiti’s are made from 'algee' (type of seaweed living on stones),harvested at buildings feet, cultivated and applied to a substrate, canvas or a wall. These paintings are like a plant, growing slowly over time depending on conservation’s conditions. Green Graffiti Paint comes from personal researches and cooperation with several biologists and lichenologists since 2005.
A simple microscopic observation of ' green graffiti paint' allows us to see:
Territorial Wars, Food, Duplication, Waste management… these same problematic issues that we find in the heart of our contemporary civilizations apply to complex systems of plants.By giving humans forms to plants Jonathan Longuet tries to open a dialogue between human beings and their biological environments, highlighting their common traits, as their reactions to the reality of survival, their fundamental necessity to live in a community. This project invites the audience to rethink about their integration to an ecosystem of everyday.
Reverse Graffiti,Water Graffiti Workshop with Neb Sarai Children
(Reverse Graffiti WORKSHOP with Neb Sarai Children ,conducted by Jonathan Longuet, supported by Midhun Gopi , Ravi Chunchula , Bhavin Mistry,Heena Mistry,Nada Haddane and Niv Art Centre for Niv Art Centre Residency,New Delhi,INDIA Feb/March 2014.)
Reverse Graffitis are small interventions in the street , they are draws writen with water pressure on awall covered of algae. The visuals can last several weeks or months on the wall, until the next rain.This simple act reminds us that we belong to a living environment , the surface slowly becomes green by colonization of new plant species , continuing the appropriation of space by biological entities in a natural cycle.The last series of reverse graffiti were conducted in collaboration with ‘The Green Lab Delhi’ group created by children from Neb Sarai and arounds during my residency at Niv Art Centre.They have made stencils and have used them it in various locations in Neb Sarai.Those above have been photographed and will be presented during the show ‘JUNGLE ME’ at Niv Art Centre or you can appreciate the result just by walking in Neb Sarai’s small streets.
(*) In collaboration with Wearabout documenting street fashion in India http://wearabout.wordpress.com/
(**) In collaboration with The Indira Gandhi National Open University www.ignourcd2.ac.in/
(***) In collaboration with United Nations World Water Day www.unwater.org/worldwaterday