BMIKE & MTO: A Transatlantic Dialogue on Street Art [fr]
In the summer of 2020, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Newcomb Art Museum invited street artists Brandan “Bmike” Odums and MTO to join in discussion with Elizabeth LeFrere, manager of Studio BE, and Thomas Friel, Coordinator for Interpretation & Public Engagement at Newcomb Art Museum. During the talk, participants shared experiences and observations about the growing and rapidly changing world of street art on both sides of the Atlantic.
A native of New Orleans, graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and University of New Orleans, Brandan “Bmike” Odums began experimenting with graffiti in 2012 and has received international recognition since his project Exhibit BE, a collaborative artistic takeover of an abandoned apartment complex following Hurricane Katrina.
As an activist and mentor, Bmike is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance and regularly works with the local youth community.
Brandan Bmike Odums’ solo-show “NOT Supposed to Be Here” is currently on view at Newcomb Museum. During these exceptional times, we encourage you to visit the virtual exhibit and all online offerings produced by Newcomb Art Museum.
MTO is a French street art who has spent several years traveling the globe to produce his murals all while maintaining his anonymity. Recognized initially as a portraitist with a strong concentration of his works in Berlin (Germany), his practice expanded to commentate socio-cultural issues in cities throughout the world.
While his work now covers a wide variety of themes, certain pieces can be recognized due to their tricolor palette (white, black and red) and realistic nature. MTO’s works and experiences on the ground are often documented in his films, such as “FL : unpremeditated movie” which follows the affair of one of his murals in Sarasota, Florida that was deemed controversial.
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