October 2019 2
I met the two little twin sisters Success and Surprise through FutureHackney, a collective of photographers capturing portraits of East Londoners. I took photos of them holding each other and painted a mural at the By The Bridge Cafe in Hoxton.
I love the tenderness and the hope in their eyes. It’s been complicated times for Londoners between Brexit, protests, social displacement, high cost of living and I keep but wondering what does the future hold. At least, Success and Surprise have each other.
“Sisters” – Zabou – 3x4m – London, UK – 2019
Photos credit: Zabou
I flew to Haiti to paint in the capital Port-au-Prince for the 4th edition of the urban culture event FestiGraffiti. Haiti has been through widespread poverty and difficult times (lately: gas shortage and riots) and its people keep fighting for a better future.
I painted on a school three portraits of Haitian girls based on photographs by Maxence Bradley (left, right) and Fabrice Celony (middle portrait). I love how the girls look intensively at the audience, with pride and determination. The design was supposed to include many more elements (masks and outfits from the traditional carnival), sadly the wall owner didn’t let me paint the full design.
Big thanks to the FestiGraffiti team for organising despite the complicated context, to the volunteers and everyone I met during my trip.
“In their Eyes 2” – Zabou – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – 2019
Photo credit: (1) Unknown, All others: Zabou