Monday, June 27, 2016

Grenoble fresco in the heart of the controversy – Le Dauphiné Libéré

Dozens of works have appeared on the walls of Grenoble, in the “Street Art Festival”, most politicized and claimants fairly, but one sparked a controversy that has exceeded the regional borders.

Due to the anonymous artist Goin, it represents a Marianne ground, holding a blue-white-red flag frayed, leaning on the books “1984″ by George Orwell and “Brave New World” Aldous Huxley, and about to be hit by two riot police. One of them held up a shield that says “49-3″. The allusion to the passage of the Labour Act is enhanced by the title “The State clubbing Freedom” …

Soon the Isère police reacted to condemn “anti-graffiti unworthy police” for emphasize that the attacks in Magnanville were not far and that the suffering of forces was real … Then the case took a more political turn. Between support to police and rule in attacks against the mayor ecologist Eric Piolle. With a nice shot together socialists and isérois Republicans “gathered” to ask for “fresco” is removed.

Among the ministers, opinions that diverge …

Finally, Sunday night, there was the tweet from Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve: “Full support to the police that protect every day Grenoble, and waiting to tell them that Eric Piolle regret.”

The result? Yesterday, the controversy was far from over. The prefect of Isere, Lionel Beffre, wrote to the mayor of Grenoble to remind him of the tense situation of the last anti-demonstration Job “where individuals were arrested in possession of acid bottles” and to advise him conduct clearing said fresco “in the shortest possible time.”

Answer Eric Piolle? “The criminal nature of this creation has not been established to date, so it does not return to the executive to decide on this. Respectful of the rule of law, of course I will apply any court decision if it is required to rule. “In summary: the erasure is not on the agenda …

But the last word (well yesterday) returned to Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication, said: “I can understand the emotion aroused by the fresco. But the protest through art has always been part of our French tradition “(like street art, cartoons or song …). “

A slightly different view from that of his government colleague …


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