In 2011, far-right terrorist Anders Breivik initiated a large-scale terrorist attack by detonating a van bomb at the government buildings in central Oslo. Shortly after the attack, Matias Faldbakken
joined a visit to the buildings organized to assess and document the damage, notably to a series of murals by Pablo Picasso
. The murals, sandblasted directly onto the concrete walls of the building by the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, are the first in a series of monumental works in concrete realized by Picasso, and mark the beginning of a working relationship that would continue for the rest of Picasso's life.
The status of these defaced murals, and the peculiar Picasso/Nesjar collaboration, were the starting points of an exhibition entitled Chez Perv
at Team Gallery, New York, organized by Gardar Eide Einarsson
in the spring of 2014. This issue of PARIS, LA
documents that exhibition and the aftermath, a three-way conversation on authorship, artistic labor, and perversion.
is an independent journal focused on experiments in arts, founded in 2008 by the editor Dorothée Perret (DoPe Press
). Published once a year, PARIS, LA
operates as an independent creative space and invites each season, artists, designers, photographers and writers to collaborate and to share their vision in relation to a theme.
is art directed by Madame Paris / Alexandra Ruiz.
is born of shared perspectives. It's a project, like a love story, that comes from the feeling of being in one place, thinking about another. A place between two cities, between scenes, between people, that exists only in the space of our imagination. In Paris, dreaming of the Pacific. Speaking French in LA. And it's as true as a clear blue sky above us.”