Safari Urbain by Julien Nonnon is a series of photographs representing animal portrait makeovers projected on facades and buildings throughout Paris. Inviting us to wonder around the city at night, we might come across a cheetah wearing a bomber jacket or an casual dressed Eagle. Co-founder of Le3 design studio, he has collaborated on many art projects combining street-art, kinetic installations, digital creations and video-mapping. Due to the short-lived nature of these ephemeral graffitis, Nonnon captures and prints these projections named after the streets to immortalize this phantasmagorical menagerie.
Through Safari Urban the artist intends to question our behaviour and ambivalent desire to be both unique and belonging to a well-defined group. “In our way of dressing, we express our vision of the world, while indirectly revealing our social position and financial power. Fashion is nothing other than a means of communication, of integration and belonging to a group”, he explains. For more visit his website www.juliennonnon.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am a self-eductaed artist, who loves telling stories by using my images.
Whom do you look up to?
I have multidisciplinary influences especially when we talk about iconographic representation.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
By foudning Le3, a creative studio in collabroation with Romain Vollet, I learned a lot from the different experiences and works we made around video-mapping and interactive digtital installations. I am very sensitive to the work of Renaissance painters especially when they use the technique of “chiaroscuro”.
How did your art career start?
Always being fascinated by the power of images and the feelings it brings me, I’ve been drawing since early childhood and worked around the image, making films and cartoons. Later I worked as an artistic director for several companies, quite naturally developing a career as an independent artist.
What was your favourite project and why?
In 2012, we displayed a tiger running along the soundproof wall of the Parisian ring road, through an innovative process called “street video mapping”. We had on-board a beamer and all the technical disposal that we needed to create this event. That was one of the first projects which was well received by press and global audience all over the world.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Actually all of the projects were unique and represented a real challenge for me!
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Never say never.
What’s your personal motto?
If you can dream it , you can do it.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is always to be inspired by the present and to draw random.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Be curious and just do it!
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
At 21, I was sure to know about all the feelings that art can bring me. Today I am conviced that art is as a powerful encounter of people, which creates emotions and explorates the human soul.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
All images © Julien Nonnon