John Giorno x Lek x Sowat at Palais de Tokyo in Paris

For the Palais de Tokyo‘s new season, the american poet John Giorno was invited to Paris to take over four of the freshly renovated building’s walls. A major figure of New York’s underground scene in the 60′s and of the Beat generation, Giorno seized the occasion to confront two of his poem pairings ‘Just say no to family values‘ and ‘A hurricane in a drop of cum‘ to the work of Lek and Sowat, two artists he discovered through their Mausoleum project, an illegal artistic residency that brought together 40 French graffiti writers in a 430,000 sq ft ruin.

Lek (French Kiss, LCA, GNS, RAW, 1984) and Sowat (Da Mental Vaporz) covered two walls with their graffitis, on top John Giorno’s self adhesive vinyl letters, before pealing them off, thus revealing the american artist’s poems. As a prank, the graffiti artists then discreetly stashed the poem’s letters negatives to wheat paste them with the help of Dem189, on the river bank’s grey walls, on the other side of the Seine, opposite the Palais de Tokyo.

All pics by Hugo Vitrani and Thias

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