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“I was invited by Justice Through Arts, a non-profit project organised in West Hampstead, to paint a 40m long mural on West End Lane Bridge. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about homelessness while brightening up a dull space.
I painted 3 portraits from the streets, each of them with a unique story (see below). People who are homeless may be ignored and forgotten by those surrounding them most of the time. By having their portraits occupying a large space and their eyes starring back at the audience, they are stating their existence.”
“The Forgotten Ones” – Zabou – 40×1,5m – London, UK – 2020
Portrait of David, Amy, John & Sugar.
David, a former veteran, photographed smoking in New York by Lee Jeffries.
Amy, a woman trying to protect herself during the Coronavirus outbreak, photographed in Toronto by Leah Den Bok.
John and his three-legged dog Sugar, who both stayed on this bridge for 20 years where John had a little book stand. He was nicknamed ‘Spider’ because of his face tattoo. He was filmed by Simon Brann Thorpe for a short documentary. Sadly they passed away a year ago.
On the other side of the bridge, we can admire Ben Eine‘s amazing typography stating ‘Through Arts We Rise’.Photos credit: Zabou
I’ve been inspired by the last season of TV series ‘Casa De Papel’ to paint a portrait of Nairobi, one of the main characters. She’s a fierce and defiant woman played by Spanish actress Alba Flores. The mural is located in the courtyard of VIP Graffiti, a local paint shop in North London.
“Nairobi” – Zabou – 7x3m – London, UK – 2020
Photo credit: Zabou