ARTIST OF THE MONTH: CLET ABRAHAM
Art, in every form, is part of our everyday life, both when we are traveling and when we stay at home. Sometimes we pursue it in a museum, at times we find it among the pages of a book or we meet it by simply walking. A Gothic church, an outlandish fountain, a girl that plays violin, a mural.
Street artists have always fascinated me. Odd, eccentric, innovative. Brilliant ambassadors of often provocative messages.
If all those adjectives made you feel only about the miterious (but bright) Bansky, you’re in the right place! I decided to launch a new monthly meeting where we’ll meet each time my favourite street artists. And who knows, maybe one of them could become the reason of your next trip 😉
CLET ABRAHAM, AKA CLET
If you believe that roadsigns are boring, you probably haven’t met any of CLET’s works yet.
This French artist lead us to reflect on topics like rules, prohibition and freedom through something that is part of our everyday life but that passively goes by our eyes. You could almost affirm that we are unconsciously subject to roadsigns, following thier instructions automatically.
By his art, CLET puts a new light on roadsigns. He uses them as canvas to express his creativity without undermining their funcionality neither “damaging” them permanently: the stickers he uses are indeed easily removable.
However, in Italy, where he decided long time ago to move, his works are not really accepted by authorities. In Florence, where his studio is, many of his artworks have been removed and/or fined beacuse considered acts of vandalism or compromising the readability of the sign.
In several interviews, Clet has always claimed the freedom of expression, especially artistic one. Among his quotes, the words that strike me the most are: “You think about each person’s talent: embracing those talents for a real social participation is other things than voting.” And he also affirmed that street and urban art are the most immediate and effective way to express and e in contact with the public.
If you speak some Italian, you can find the whole speech here.
MORE THAN JUST ROADSIGNS
However, there’s one thing that deeper stands this artist out. In the street art world, where for many reasons artists are anonymous, Clet shows his name, surname and face.
And for this reason, I even more apreciate him.
Don’t you feel like you want to leave right now to search all his artworks around the world, before someone could (maybe) remove them?
If you are too curious and you’d like to know better his messages and works, here you are his social media contacts:
From Puglia (a Southern Italy wonderful region), born in 1991, 1.63 meters…short! Master in International Relations, I care about human rights and our wonderful planet. I love cooking, volleyball, the sea, winning board games. I hate talking about money, being interrupted when speaking, winter, a badly made Margarita, losing board games.