Information in Paris is made on walls too

Nel Mondo

In mutilated press freedom Paris, alongside the eight killed in preparing the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, other journalists are now struggling for a fress and accessible to all information. As the director Stephan “Charb” Charbonnier, as cartoonists Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Georges Wolinski, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Michelle Renaud, Philippe Honoré, Mustapha Ourad and as economist Bernard “Oncle Bernard” Maris (not forgetting the two policemen and caretaker killed and 11 others wounded in the morning of January 7, 2015), freelance photojournalists Pierre Terdjman and Girette Benjamin have decided to make their voices to be heard too.

Tired in seeing their photographs’ publication refused because of the publishing crisis and concerned about the growing indifference of the public towards the issues of the war, in February 2014 Terdjman, 34 year old fresh from his last trip to the Central African Republic, and Girette , his colleague, decided to start the collective #Dysturb: its goal is to increase awareness of what is turning on in the world through the largest social network existing, the road. Right here, in fact, the collective has already posted on the wall, real public walls, those same photos, exaggerated, that were not accepted by the newspapers: their key Paste is true glue based water for a not vandalic use of walls , their credits a caption of the photo with name and surname to avoid possible confrontation with the police.

An alternative way of doing street art that, however, doesn’t produce anything that has already been artistically designed and made in the past: “For centuries it has been applied the technique of fly-posting, in advertising and in the art world,” admits Pierre Terdjman in an interview with Time. Even in photography French photographer JR has made himself known to the general public with the Face2Face project, with which he applied on Gaza wall portraits of Palestinians and Israelis. “JR is doing a great job – said Terjdman – but what we are doing is different: we are trying to bring the news to the people.”

So far, the city of Paris has proven to approve this type of “disturbing” information, so that the collective decided to export their work in other cities: after Lyon, Perpignan and Sarajevo, photojournalists have gone, last October, up in New York. Here they recalled friend and colleague Camille Lepage, who was killed at age 26 during a service in the Central African Republic, pasting his work on the streets of the city. Who knows: in a not distant future, #Dysturb could pay tribute to Charlie Hedbo collegues, guilty of having committed the same crime which are daily stained in reporters: informing.

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