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    Synopsis

    October 2013: Paris became the capital of street art. Neither a museum nor a gallery, a social housing building bound to destruction became home to the biggest collective exhibition ever conceived.

    Over 6 months, Mehdi Ben Cheikh, founder of the Galerie Itinerrance, invited more than 100 artists from around the world to take over the buiding, secretly and with very few means, Paris Tower 13 is a long run documentary telling this amazing story from the artists’ side, it ’s an immersion in the process of a radical art creation, an exclusive testimony of an unprecedented creative adventure...
    For 30 days, public audience rushed to Paris Tower 13 to be part of this 2013’s major cultural event and historical street art manifesto exhibition. But despite hours of queue to visit and worldwide media coverages, nothing would prevent a final and impressive destruction.

    An immersion in the process of art creation, an exclusive testimony of this adventure narrated by the artists who made it happen: Pantonio, El Seed, Seth, Lek & Sowat, Inti, David Walker, Mario Belem, Add Fuel, Nilko, Flip, Speto, Jaz, Stew, Katre, Sean Hart, Alëxone, Bom.K, Sébastien Preschoux, HOPNN, Roti, A1one, Guy Denning, Legz, Hobz…

    Festivals & Awards

    32nd Warsaw IFF, Warsaw (Poland) 2016 • 30th Leeds IFF, Leeds (UK) 2016 • Cabo Verde IFF, Sal (Cabo Verde) 2016 / PARDA AWARD - BEST FILM • Kinos FF, Lahti (Finland) 2017 • Master of Art FF, Sofia (Bulgaria) 2017 / BEST DOCUMENTARY - CONTEMPORARY ART, INSTALLATION ART, PROTEST ART • Meeting of Styles Zagreb, (Croatia) 2017 • Grenoble Street Art Fest, Grenoble (France) 2017 • CayFilm, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) 2017 • Lund International Architecture Festival, (Sweden) 2017








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    A book has been also published
    presenting each artist and his work in the Tower.

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    A transmedia website dedicated to the project
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    The Film

    Paris Tower 13 (Tour Paris 13)

    a film by Thomas Lallier

    75’ Colour - France, 2016
    Film Crew:
    Cinematography: Thomas Lallier
    Editing: Ermanno Corrado
    Sound: Jean-Baptiste Aubonnet - Henri d’Armancourt - François-Xavier Delaby
    Sound editing and mixing: Eric Lesachet
    Original music: End2End Beats
    Color grading: David Bouhsira
    Editing assistant: Julien Bru
    Aerial photography: Athenium Films
    Crash box design: Olivier Brichet
    Producer: Matthieu Buchsenschutz
    Coproducers: Lester Bernard - Mirage illimité
    Production manager: Jonathan André
    Production assistants: Slavica Depikolo - Jean-Baptiste Arbouch
    Postproduction: Anousonne Savanchomkeo
    Postproduction assistant: Mateo Lahais
    Graphism: Simon Dupont-Gellert & Clémence Brunet


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    About the author


    Thomas Lallier was born in Paris in 1975. He believes that light and continuity are at the core of the film narrative.
    After studying literature, he started to work as an editor and then as a director of photography.
    Since his first movie as a director, « Private property », Thomas writes and shoots long and short documentaries
    working with french tv channels or independent producers, while also experimenting transmedia storytelling.
    Most of his movies have been screened in various festivals in France and abroad.


    2016 - Tour Paris 13 / Paris Tower 13
    2016 - Alger, Climat de France
    2014 - And We Made The Room Shine
    2014 - À Laduz / Laduz
    2013 - Almost China
    2013 - Controversy (at Alagar Koil)
    2012 - Træna, le son du Nørsk / Træna, Northern Beat
    2011 - Skateboard Stories
    2010 - Bruno Peinado
    2006 - Le bestiaire de Quentin Garel
    2005 - Propriété privée / Private property


    About the production company


    La Blogothèque is an independent media production company specializing in music video and subjects relating to urban culture.
    Beginning as simply a blog, la Blogothèque first made a name for itself with its signature music video format the Concert à Emporter (Take Away Show), and then continued work on an increasing number of projects, may they be related to music, animation or alternative cultural movements.



    Contact us here:

    contact[at]paristower13.com


    The artists


    Jaz (Argentina)


    [Floor 6]

    Jazz is an Argentine writer who, over time, has developed a personal painting style by mixing spray paint and brushes. With subtle plays of colour and a "raw" line, he paints moving animals and bodies, sometimes combat scenes, on canvas and on walls.

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    Rapto (Brasil)


    [Facade]

    Rapto is the name of one of the oldest Pixaçao crews, with the typical tags that have been blooming on the walls of buildings in Sao Paulo for more than 20 years. Created in 1989 by Otito, who been a Pixaçao practitioner from his childhood, the crew has seen a host of local members come and go and today comprises Bimba, Clero, Vandal, Ethos, Bbum and Otito. The Rapto gang is also part of Nada Somos, a group comprising several active Sao Paulo crews.

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    Seth (France)


    [Facade]

    In the mid-90s, while pursuing artistic studies and working regularly in advertising, Seth began to paint the walls of Paris. A specialist in the creation of characters, he collaborates on many murals in France and abroad. In 2003, he travelled the world with the intention of meeting creators from different environments. He thus opened up new ways of practicing urban painting. A multifaceted artist, Seth draws on his experiences as an eternal traveller and transcribes his love for popular culture with finesse and sensitivity.

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    Nilko (France)


    [Floor 9]

    Passionate about drawing and comics, Nilko began to spray paint in the mid-90s. With a keen eye for detail, he creates murals of exceptional precision and was quick to move into interior design. His world with the imprint of science fiction and Hip Hop is today worked out in a range of media. Here and there his little "White Man" fetish character can be found, always ready to cover the graffiti he crosses with a raging roller.

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    Nemi Uhu (France)


    [Floor 1]

    A self-taught artist, Nemi has been painting exclusively with the spray can since the early 90s. With a marked taste for drawing and illustration, for the last few years he has been prowling the streets of Paris pasting the stylized fish that he uses as his logo. In addition to the street - which he considers his main playground - Nemi practices an art based on recycling by working on atypical media such as rusty metal or even earthenware.

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    Speto (Brasil)


    [Floor 6]

    A pioneer of the graffiti movement in Brasil, Speto quickly moved away from standard New York writing to develop an art related to the culture of his country. Mixing a range of influences from graffiti, Brazilian culture, the world of tattooing and woodcuts, Speto paints scenes based on simple shapes, using mainly black and white to illustrate the world that surrounds him with simplicity and poetry.

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    Shoof (Tunisia)


    [Floor 7]

    Born in the Medina of Tunis, Shoof arrived in France in 2004. While studying political science, he developed a rich and instinctive painting style directly inspired by traditional calligraphy. Unlike his calligrapher colleagues, he uses the letter as a reason to explore shape. With a desire to demystify traditional calligraphy, Shoof explores line and movement by using a range of tools such as the spray can, marker, brush, stencil or anything that may fall into his hands.

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    Roti (France)


    [Basement]

    Originally from Haute Savoie, Roti began to paint on walls and freight trains parked in his neighborhood. A trained stonemason, Roti navigates between sculpture, printmaking and painting, offering works shot through with Gothic architecture and symbolism. Working around the theme of women and animals, Roti offers a rich and varied world, often with morbid undercurrents.

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    Legz (France)


    [Basement]

    Legz « The Spaghettist » came out of the Paris graffiti scene of the late 1980s. From ’93, he started to experiment with loops and curves, that his friends call « the spaghetti style »: an abstract signature that he paints exclusively in black and white in abandoned places that are free of any graffiti. Pioneering a method that combines urban exploration and painting, Legz is the privileged witness of the urban changes of his environment. He has developed a nostalgic and poetic approach that reveals the fleeting nature of past lives in urban landscape that is systematically doomed to destruction.

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    David Walker (UK)


    [Floor 8]

    A portrait artist who emerged from the graffiti world, David Walker spray paints faces by overlapping jerky lines with shaded masses. Layer upon layer, he creates a saturation of bright colours that he mutes with the soft lines of his black and white volumes, conjuring up the abstract female faces that comprise his work.

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    STeW (France)


    [Floor 5]

    After his debut in the wastelands and depots of the French railways, STeW went to study applied arts in Belgium. Influenced by the melting pot of urban cultures (hip-hop, manga, skate and techno) and as a Japanese art enthusiast, he returned to Paris in the early 2000s where he started to place a glued or stenciled army of modern samurais. With a vectorial rendering, usually in black and white, STeW mixes tradition and modernity by decking his warriors out in tattoos and studded bracelets, spray cans in their hands and ghetto-blasters on their shoulders.

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    Sowat (France)


    [Basement]

    Sowat is a French-American graffiti artist who developed in Marseille and Los Angeles, inspired by one of the major figures of the Californian scene: Chaz Bojorquez, who developed "Cholo writing", a calligraphy that emerged in the 1940s and would later be used to mark Latino gang turfs. For several years, Sowat has been collaborating with Lek, and they together ran the "Mausolée" project in 2010: illegal work in an enormous abandoned factory near Paris, to which they invited forty French graffiti artists to express themselves over the course of a year. Still along with Lek, they were the first graffiti artists invited during one year to live and work at the prestigious Villa Medici in Roma.

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    Sebastien Preschoux (France)


    [Floor 9]

    A devotee of op-art optical and an expert in Bauhaus educational values, Sebastian Preschoux seeks to challenge automatic work and the infallible path of machines. Whether in geometric designs or through his wire installation, Sébastien designs everything by hand to recreate the surprise effect of spontaneous work and redefine the identity of the creator.

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    Flip (Brasil)


    [Floor 6]

    A key figure on the Sao Paulo scene, Flip is always halfway between two worlds. Floating between South American culture and Asian influences, his painting evokes themes such as nature, pain, pleasure and eroticism. Mainly using large rollers, he mixes abstract lines and elements of camouflage with unhealthy characters or pieces of calligraphy.

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    Add Fuel (Portugal)


    [Floor 2]

    Behind this name in the form of a slogan hides a self-taught artist who has chosen the street as a gallery in which to present his work. By combining his fictional characters with various decorative elements, Add Fuel invites us into a pop world that he breaks down into drawing, stencils or ceramics. With a remarkable sense of symmetry and ever-present humour, Add Fuel's work demands to be studied more closely, because if at first his paintings seem to evoke a medieval universe, they reveal so much more when focusing on the details that the artist so meticulously works.

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    Sean Hart (France)


    [Floor 9]

    Homeless by choice for the last years, Hart has travelled and worked openly and without disguise in cities around the world. Known for the slogans he paints in large format on walls or abandoned mattresses he finds in the street, his work reveals a set of correspondences that are broken down into different series of works embracing a multitude of media: painting, photography, sculpture, performance, short film... Each of his works represents the fragmented pages of a diary, a travelogue structured as an explosive cocktail of poetic images that question the passer-by.

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    Lek (France)


    [Basement]

    From his earliest graffiti years by the late 80s, Lek has been influenced by those who tread the well-worn paths of such personalities as Rammelzee and Kase2 in the USA or Lokiss and the BBCs in France. Later, with his then partners, he was impacted by a range of external influences and refused the restricted limitations of the world of writing. With his training as an architect, Lek is moving gradually towards in situ installations, while maintaining his dynamism and the instinctive creative method that sets him apart from his contemporaries. For several years, Lek has been collaborating with Sowat, and they together ran the "Mausolée" project in 2010: illegal work in an enormous abandoned factory near Paris, to which they invited forty French graffiti artists to express themselves over the course of a year. Still along with Sowat, they were the first graffiti artists invited during one year to live and work at the prestigious Villa Medici in Roma.

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    Katre (France)


    [Floor 4]

    From his earliest years Katre has been interested in comics, photography and drawing. In the early 90s, he discovered graffiti and he is now passionate about this art that enables him to express himself externally and use all kinds of surfaces. He concentrates a large part of his output on the empty lots and abandoned spaces that intrigue him. He makes minimal use of color, but remains active in the medium of traditional graffiti. For some time now, Katre has been producing his work in a gallery where he rebuilds the world of ruins that he visits with a combination of photographs, paintings and installations.

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