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The Trades: Hendrik Beikirch (ECB) Traces Moroccan Faces

The Trades: Hendrik Beikirch (ECB) Traces Moroccan Faces

Street Artist ECB is introducing you to the trades of Morocco by painting the faces of current practitioners whom he has met on the street. By now we are familiar with the storytelling role that artists can fulfill with their portraits of individuals who live in a region, town, or neighborhood and Street Artists such as the Parisian C215, Canadian Fauxreel, and the American desert dweller Jetsonorama come to mind as well as more recent Brooklyn social activists like LMNOPI and Tatiana Fazlilazadeh.

We have been introducing and recounting Street Art stories for years  online and in front of audiences and we find that it never fails to intrigue people to learn that many faces on the street are those of a community.

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Oulad-Bouzid-III, a street barber. The streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

German Street Artist Hendrik Beikirch aka ECB has been known on the scene in recent years for his massive portraits of people – sometimes subjects known to the artist and other times from his imagination. For his new project in Morroco ECB returns to a social/anthropolical ethos – a route he says has energized his work by focusing on occupations and trades of his subjects. In doing so he hopes to preserve something more about their professions and culture; street barbers, shepherds, even the guy who writes a letter for you.

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Oulad-Bouzid-III on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Leanna Valente)

“I am seeking to capture their ‘aura’ in this work series,” he tells us, “with the goal of making these people immortal in the process.” Calling his series “Trades – Tracing Morocco” he explains that he has made the trip 10 times or more from his home in Koblenz, Germany to this one in the Maghreb region of North Africa to meet locals and speak with them. As he captures their image and shares it on streets he says he hopes to preserve and elevate the stories of a people in trades that are disappearing.

“I want to transform people from the anonymous to the iconic, while paying tribute to trades that might be gone in the near future.”

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Oulad-Bouzid-III on the streets of Brooklyn. ECB documenting his work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

During his initial visit to Jardin Rouge/Marrakech in the summer of 2014, “I was immediately fascinated by the diversity of this country, its rich history and the contrasts in peoples faces that are somehow created by the environment they live in.”

Supported by the Foundation Montresso/ Jardin Rouge, Hendrik says that he strives to impart a humanity of the people he has met that passerby can connect to through his paintings. “It is a country with hard working people, many of whom are living a tough life, but with so much pride and happiness.”

Right now ECB is working on creating an exhibition in October with the foundation and he will be publishing a book focusing on the “Trades” series on Éditions Eyrolles.

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Oulad-Bouzid-III at the studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Nils-Muller)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Fadma Tafza a traditional tattooist for women faces. The streets of Arce, Italy. (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Fadma Tafza on the streets of Arce, Italy. (photo © Dante Corsetti)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Fadma Tafza at the studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Ahmed-Kartawa a shepherd. The studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Detail of Ahmed-Kartawa’s portrait at the studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch at work at the studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Nils-Muller)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch.  “Trades” Portrait of Mohamed-Bouhir. A writer/reader for those who are not literate. The studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Elhachemi-Kartawa a pushcart trucker. Studio in Jardin Rouge. Marrakesh (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” working on Oulad-Bouzid-III portrait at the studio in Jardin Rouge/Marrakesh. (photo © Nils-Muller)

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Hendrik ecb Beikirch. “Trades” Portrait of Rakouch-Timallizene, a traditional potter workshop. Germany. (photo © Hendrik Beikirch)

 

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Fun Friday 06.01.12

1.    Bushwick Open Studios Starts Party >> Live Street Artists Doing Live Street Art! (Brooklyn)
2.    El Celso and La Luz (Brooklyn)
3.    Don Pablo Pedro at English Kills (Brooklyn)
4.    Street Art Pop Up Store (Brooklyn)
5.    Bishop 203 “Happy Torments” (Brooklyn)
6.    Dennis McNett Invites You to the Wolfbat Studios (Brooklyn)
7.    Pink Cloud (Brooklyn)
8.    Olek at Flanders Gallery (Raleigh, NC)
9.    Darkclouds does the Same Old Same Old in Boston
10.    Jef Aerosol at 30 (France)
11.    “Pandamonium” at Signal Gallery in London
12.    Herakut’s “After The Laughter” at London’s Shea & Ziegler Gallery
13.    Jon Burgerman’s “I Want To Eat Myself” (Jersey)
14.    Black Book Gallery hosts Eelus “Curious” tonight in Denver, CO.
15.    L.I.C.K. Gallery “4 of a Kind” w/ REGA, EVOKER, MikeDie and Chris RWK (Queens)
16.    Andreco and Ericailcane in Morocco (VIDEO)
17.    Pixel Pancho in Mexico City with MAMUTT Arte by Filmaciones de la Ciudad (VIDEO)

In NYC there are certain rites of Summer that mark the onset of the new season. The beaches get cleaned of condoms and medical waste every year just in time for Memorial Day Weekend for example. Children playing in spraying fire hydrants on hot days – always splendid.

Water related activities remind us of another favorite Summer rite of hormones; Wet T-shirt contests! Also, saucy libertinas with short, fresh sun dresses going up or coming down the subways’ stairs on a windy platform without knickers, that’s always a pruient plus. And shirtless boys showing off by doing tricks on bikes, skateboards, or anything really – generally making fools of themselves- another Summer tradition.

And of course Bushwick Open Studios.  This is the 6th Edition and we have loved every one.

Someone told us there are 500 open studios this year;
a. Bushwick has arrived, but you knew that
b. Artists can’t do math so don’t trust any numbers you hear for the next two days. Or is that three days?

Naturally, there will be plenty of Street Art as the scene continues to flourish and here are our recommendations …

Bushwick Open Studios Starts Party >> Live Street Artists Doing Live Street Art! (Brooklyn)

Street Artist Gilf! curates the BOS official opening reception with fellow Street Artists Bishop 203, QRST, Sheryo, The Yok, Willow, ND’A, Hellbent and Gilf! getting up live on the street. Dancing shoes are recommended. Also, clif bars.

Gilf! on the streets of Bushwick. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For more information regarding the Official Opening Party click here.

El Celso and La Luz

El Celso invites you to his studio to give you a personal demonstration of his project La Luz.

El Celso on the streets of Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information on El Celso’s studio click here.

Don Pablo Pedro at English Kills

Loveably stylish and morally degenerate Don Pablo Pedro will be showing at English Kills Art Gallery at the Annex.

Don Pablo Pedro on the streets of Bushwick. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Street Art Pop Up Store

Robin Grearson presents a Street Art Pop Art Store with artists including ASVP, Bethany Allard, Chris Stain, Criminy Johnson, Daniel Feral, Elle, Enzo & Nio, Gilf!, Hellbent, Jon Burgerman, LNY, Moustache Man, Nathan Pickett, ND’A, QRST, Quel Beast, Royce B.

Enzo & Nio on the streets of Bushwick. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding Street Art Pop Up Store click here.

Bishop 203 “Happy Torments”

Sharp, bold, independent Bishop 203 is one of Brooklyn’s Angels.

Bishop 203 on the streets of Bushwick. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information on Bishop 203 show click here.

Dennis McNett Invites You to the Wolfbat Studios

Dennis McNett, the master printer, puppet maker, pied piper, and maker of magic has scared many with his Street Art creatures popping out as you turn a corner. Now you are invited into the magical kingdom of Dennis McNett Wolfbat Studios. You won’t be disappointed.

Dennis McNett on the streets of Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information on Dennis McNett’s Wolfbat Studio click here.

Pink Cloud

Visit Pink Cloud, Abel Macias’ studio and you might end up with free art. Who knows?

Pink Cloud on the streets of Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information on Pink Cloud’s studio click here.

BOS has so much more than we can list here; Performances, music, fashion and a plethora of studios to visit. For a complete listing of events, calendar, schedules and BOS Directory click here.

Olek at Flanders Gallery (Raleigh, NC)

Well-behaved women rarely make history and Street Artist Olek is a prime example of that axiom.  She’s part of a group exhibition aptly entitled “Make Ends Meet” at Flanders Gallery in North Carolina. Show opens today.

Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Darkclouds does the Same Old Same Old in Boston

The New York Street Artist Darkclouds travels to Beantown to open a new show at the Lot Gallery. Check it. “Same Old, Same Old”.

Darkclouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Jef Aerosol at 30 (France)

Street Art Icon and Master, Jef Aerosol celebrates 30 years of stencils at Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier at Mairie d’Orléans, France.

Jef Aerosol on the streets of Bushwick. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this weekend:

“Pandamonium” A Group Exhibition at Signal Gallery in London is now open to the public. Click here for more details on this show.

Herakut‘s new solo show “After The Laughter” at London’s Shea & Ziegler Gallery is now open to the public. Click here for more details on this show.

Jon Burgerman‘s new show “I Want To Eat Myself” opening tonight at Carmine’s Pizza Factory in Jersey City, NJ. Click here for more details on this show.

Black Book Gallery hosts Eelus with a solo show titled “Curious” opening tonight in Denver, CO. Click here for more details on this show.

The new group show at L.I.C.K. Gallery in Long Island City, Queens titled “4 of a Kind” includes REGA, EVOKER, MikeDie and Chris RWK and it opens tomorrow. Click here for more details on this show.

Andreco and Ericailcane in Morocco (VIDEO)

 

Pixel Pancho in Mexico City with MAMUTT Arte by Filmaciones de la Ciudad (.

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