As part of the festival, 2 exhibitions were organised:
“Face au Mur”
“Hip hop du Bronx aux rues arabes”
The first one was a graffiti exhibition adjacent to the festival organisers’ headquarters dubbed “Face au Mur” (Facing the wall).
An old military camp has been donated to the city, and then to Paris Hop hop festival. They turned a 500m2 room into an exhibition hall. All the walls have been recovered by graffitis of artists from all over the world under the supervision of French graffiti artist Lazoo.
Esse in the wooden subway train specially created for the exhibition…
Lazoo organised the space according to colours and artists just give room to their imagination. The result is just crazy! We spent more than 2 hours there, admiring the art.
The second exhibition was held at Institut du monde Arabe. It is the biggest exhibition dedicated to hip hop ever organised in France. As mentioned in the title it retraces the journey of hip hop from the Bronx, to France, to the Arabic world.
Boomboxes painted by graffiti artists…
It is a big collections of videos, music, art pieces, clothes, shoes, LPs. As soon as you enter the room you are welcomed with rap music. Some playlists have been created specially for the exhibition and are playing nonstop. We were amazed by the great research work and the many possibilities the exhibition offers. All the elements of hip hop are represented.
Selorm discovering that Aaliyah’s “More than a woman” samples an Arabic song…
You can listen to music, watch videos, watch a DJ’ing tutorial, read books, discover
manuscripts of famous rap songs or extracts of Arabic rmusic that inspire the biggest rap artists, learn about the history and origins of hip hop and many more.
The space is also kids friendly, mainly schools were visiting the exhibition at the same time as
us. That is the kind of exhibition we always dreamt of and that we wish to organise in Ghana. We have been discussing about it and actually seeing it was inspiring and motivating.