Today we are proud to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help us finance the 4th episode of our Share The Word project in Bogota, Colombia. You can help us by sending some money that will be used for the project in Colombia to pay for transport, paint, food and accommodation. Outsiders Krew is a non profit association, registered in the Prefecture du Calvados, in France. We’re a very small organisation made up of simply us two artists doing things on our own, on a low budget. We financed the first 3 episodes of this project ourselves with our own savings, but after such successful episodes, we want to continue doing this and visit more slums !
Nous sommes fiers de lancer aujourd’hui une campagne de financement participatif pour nous aider à financer le 4ème épisode du projet (en Colombie). Les fonds récoltés serviront à payer le transport, la peinture, et notre vie sur place. Outsiders Krew est une association loi 1901, à but non lucratif, déposée en Préfecture du Calvados, en France. Nous ne sommes que 2 dans cette structure, et nous organisons tous nos projets seuls, avec peu de moyens. Nous avons financé nous mêmes les 3 premiers épisodes de ce projet avec nos économies ; et suite au succès rencontré, nous voulons continuer à nous rendre dans d’autres quartiers défavorisés.
In May 2014 we spent one month in Bainsighat, a slum situated in Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. The area was built in the 80s on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Today roughly 800 people live in the neighborhood’s 156 small houses which are either made of wood or bricks. The river banks are highly polluted with mountains of fermenting and burning rubbish.
In this third episode, we went deeper in our interaction with the urban environment. Instead of painting one word on one house, some murals were painted on 2, 3 and up to 10 houses. Because of the central location of the slum, tourists, school kids and commuters visited the neighborhood to have a look at the art. This created a lot of interaction with the inhabitants. Also, thanks to the Nepal Children’s Art Museum, a group of about 20 young artists from Kathmandu came to Bainsighat to paint their first outdoor murals, creating further interaction with the people, and a very colorful neighborhood.
Towards the end of the month, we painted the entrance of a Hindu temple. The 250 year old building stands on the Northern edge of the slum and the local priest decided that the symbols of the sun and the moon should be painted, instead of the usual word, because of the number of window making it impossible to fit one big word.
In our last week, we worked on a few of highly visible walls, one of them being a 250 year-old Hindu temple with beautifull carved windows, typical of Kathmandu. It was standing long before the slum which was actualy built around it. The owners really wanted us to paint it and suggested we paint a sun and a moon, two symbols of Nepal which also appear on the national flag. Along with another two walls with colourful abstract backgrounds, these last murals are in places where people walking past the slum can see them, and hopefuly walk further into the neighbourhood.
One of of last productions was a mural reading “Thank You” and written in Nepali. The word was chosen by the kids who’ve helped us a lot these last few weeks. It’s a word we also would like the return, after another great month of intense painting and great cooperation with the people of Bainsighat!
After a good few weeks of intensive painting in the slum of Bainsighat, we decided, along with Kathmandu-based graffiti artist Imagine, to bring a bunch of young artists to paint their first murals. These young locals have been helping out at the Nepal Children’s Art Museum on various workshops and it was time for them to come and paint outside. We took them down to Bainsighat, a neighbourhood they had never been before, and they quickly found walls to paint.
We’d like to thank them for coming and producing some fine work. We’re very glad that Bainsighat is becoming an unexpected street art neighbourhood of Kathmandu.
We’re getting more and more houses painted in the Bainsighat. Many people are asking for their houses to ne painted, and clearly we’re not going to be able to paint everywhere. We’ve seen a few tourists, journalists and commuters stop and take a look at the artwork, and even step inside the slum. People have trouble believing that we’re not from a big NGO and keep asking us who sent us here, and who paid for this project… Either way, they seem to love the idea!