Je suis Charlie.

“we are all Charlie”, by Jef aerosol. Weapon, by Francois Labaune.

“JE SUIS CHARLIE.” I am sad, I am angry. I am Charlie. These words have became a universal claim against obscurantism and violence, for the freedom of expression, whether written, spoken, or drawn. Cabu, Charb, Wolinski, and Tignous, 4 famous cartoonists, died in the terrorist attack against the office of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, in Paris. 12 men and woman died in the attack. Since these terrible events occurred, artists and anonymous people spontaneously reacted by pasting, painting, tagging all kind of tributes to cartoonists but also more broadly to diffuse values of brotherhood and respect.

In my turn, I wanted to pay tribute to all of them with some collected pieces displayed by artists and anonymous who expressed their sadness and anger in the walls in Lille, where I am. Especially in moments such as this, anonymous street art is as important as the pieces by more famous artists. The streets are the most honest expression of how our nation is feeling today, a visible emotion which, I hope, will never be forgotten. It’s time to start our duty to remember.

“I use my bombs (spray cans) to defend my values. you use yours to try to scare us. You’ll never get there.” by Koper. And various tags by anonymous.
“We are Charlie.” Artist unknown.
The 4 cartoonists, Cabu, Charb, Wolinski, Tignous, by Jef Aerosol.
Cabu and Charb by Jef Aerosol.
Wolinski and Tignous by Jef Aerosol.

Update from Jef Aerosol piece, finished on January 14th, 2015.

Jef Aerosol Tribute for Charlie Hebdo.
Honoré, Cabu, Charb, victims’ name, by Jef Aerosol
Victims’ name, Wolinski, Tignous, by Jef Aerosol.

Photos by Aline Mairet.

Banksy has NOT (yet) responded to the Charlie Hebdo shooting

Photo that was posted to the @banksy instagram account
Photo that was posted to the @banksy instagram account

Yesterday’s terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris has led to an outpouring of tributes from visual artists worldwide. One artist who has not (yet) responded is Banksy, but that hasn’t stopped sites like Mashable and the Huffington Post from reporting that Banksy’s response might be the illustration above, since the image was posted to the @banksy Instagram account.

Here’s the problem though: That’s not Banksy’s account, or Banksy’s illustration. Jo Brooks, Banksy’s pr person, has confirmed to Vandalog that the only official Banksy Instagram account is, and that the illustration posted by the @banksy account is not by Banksy.

The illustration that the media is calling Banksy’s is actually by Lucille Clerc. She tweeted a (much less filtered and low-resolution) version of the illustration shortly before it was reposted by the fake @banksy account. Also, the post by @banksy now credits Clerc as the artist behind the powerful illustration, although the credit might not have been there when the post first went up.

For future reference, the rule of thumb is that a Banksy is a Banksy if it’s been posted on his official website.

Photo from @banksy, an illustration by Lucille Clerc