Defined as one of the most innovative companies in Africa by Fast company, African leadership University (ALU), entrusted Lakaz d’Art to work hand in hand with the design lab to conceptualize the overall look & feel of the company. Putting forward the Pan-african character of ALU, we didn’t hesitate to insert constant reminders of the continent into our design. Lakaz d’Art created three murals, a moonshot mural with Evan Soohun, a fictive african cityscape in black and white with Dreamdoodle, an abstract ALU timeline with Kimchi. To complement the whole design, we integrated an african pattern and fabric within all signage and seating area.
One of the most fun projects Lakaz d’Art worked on was creating murals for the hotel Tamarin (part of the Veranda group) around the central theme on beach, surfing, and the ocean. As part of the hotel renovation, Lakaz d’Art worked closely with the interior designers to create murals for more than a 100 bedrooms, one dining room and the garden are (incl. A mural of 4m high!). For all artwork, we used a concept called “Painting Jam”. We gather a group of artist around one wall. While the impromptu collective follows a few guidelines they really get to unleash their creativity on the blank wall creating a complex and soulful mural.
Pairing up with La Isla Social Club, Lakaz d’Art designed a futuristic art installation for the annual music festival: La Isla 2068. This alternative festival trusted us to go completely crazy and create “The Black Box”. The concept was simple, build a 9 sqm black box that could accommodate people throughout the festival. Outside the box, three artists would create a futuristic mural with UV reactive paint. Inside the box, people could paint on the black fabric with UV reactive paint. At nightfall, the paint glittering under violet UV lights, The Black Box turned into a disco. First, kids rushed to paint all over the box. Then, adults became kids again and added their brush strokes to the mix. The Black Box, no-longer black, was now a colorful home.
Pairing up with the organisation team of TEDx PlainesWilhems, Lakaz d’Art takes up the challenge of creating an ephemeral gallery for the event. This year’s theme is “Our World” and our team is determined to make an impact. A large amphitheatre with high ceiling and no wall space, we had to improvise. Sponsored by Gamma, Lakaz d’Art created a gallery with scaffoldings and hung 18 artworks from seven different artists. This makeshift circular gallery differentiated between two worlds: the world we measure (outer layer), the world we feel (inner layer).
The world we measure: Each scaffolding wrapped with black fabrics displayed different facts about the world. The world we feel: At the heart of the circle, all artworks displayed the soul of the world. It was a reminder that world data does not represent the way we are it is our feelings that do.
In collaboration with the Nou Le Morne team, Lakaz d’Art worked on the creation of a temporary gallery in the woods of The Green Village à Cocteau Raffin for the Nou Le Morne Festival. The gallery felt like a stroll in a forest. A colourful walk that reminded us of our mixed cultural heritage. Throughout this gallery set in nature, the public discovered lamps made from recycled metal, stone sculptures, paintings, illustrations, photography, and collages. The gallery gave way to a magical journey between trees where the public experienced a real fusion between art and nature.
The Hennessy Park Hotel entrusted Lakaz d’Art with the mission of putting together one of their famous party at Backstage. According to the theme ”Monochrome”, we imagined an interactive and artistic setting for the night. The public was able to take pictures together with vintage televisions in the photo booth set up on an XXL 3D draughtboard. People were also able to express themselves around ”What do I want to do before I die? ”. Elsewhere the public was invited to discover some of the artists on our online platform through a monochrome gallery while the artist Nim Jundoosing delivered a striking live painting inviting us into her world.
This year, Lakaz d’Art had the pleasure of working with the Mauritian author Jason Lily, who has had a love for poetry since 2007.
On the 12th of August 2020, Jason launched his debut book ‘Poem Fertil’ at Lakaz d’Art. Poem Fertil is a poetry collection deeply inspired by nature, humanity, and his ancestral roots, written in Creole, French, and English offering a diverse and rich portrait of the Creole culture.
For ALU Rwanda, we re-imagined the generic African narrative. Looking at Africa as a land of diversity and metissage, we fused traditions, patterns, and colors. We believe understanding and acknowledging the complexity of our continent is a first step for developing a Pan-African vision. We wish to preserve this diversity while putting forth the common “African pride” we all share. For this reason, we’ve chosen storytelling as a medium. Each artwork has the power to tell a new story with new archetypes and a new outlook on the current and future Africa. Every mural was designed to drape ALU’s campus with Pride, diversity, and togetherness.
This project embodies a perfect example of collaboration between two nations through art. Mauritian artists, Andy Leo and Shaun Beyond, designed two murals that were later executed by Rwandese, Mashakiro Bienvenue’s talented collective. An amazing creative symbiosis that delivered two striking and long-lasting murals on the African Leadership Campus in Rwanda.
On the occasion of the third edition of the festival “La Isla 2068,” Lakaz d’Art, in collaboration with the Russian multimedia artist Vadim Kampel, transforms a noble tree of the Labourdonnais garden into a completely eccentric intergalactic universe. This collaborative creation, inspired by the famous “Rick & Morty” series, draws on fluorescent decors and interactive installations. Counterweight, pulleys and surprises, the children had no trouble entering this unique world and interacting with all its mechanisms. The magic tree has bewitched its audience.
This collaborative creation, inspired by the famous “Rick & Morty” series, draws on fluorescent decors and interactive installations. Counterweight, pulleys and surprises, the children had no trouble entering this unique world and interacting with all its mechanisms. The magic tree has bewitched its audience.
Lakaz D’Art, in collaboration with Giovanna Gandus Production, has been pleased to make you discover the exhibition of the project.
« DEDANS E(S)T DEHORS: HOME EVASION »
25 artists based in Mauritius narrate in pictures and words their 72 days of lockdown, between March and May 2020.
The 30 winning photos accompanied by 30 poems bring us back into this unreal and quirky world, one that we will never forget.
🔒 72 days of lockdown
🎨 25 artists
📷 30 photos
🖋 30 poems
🏝 1 only common point: Mauritius
For the opening of 42 Market Street in Bagatelle, the Lakaz d’Art team collaborated with local artists holaitsmelisa and Andydoreo to create a 25-meter long mural.
This impressive mural was created in the Lakaz d’Art very unique ‘Painting Jam’ style, translating the Mauritian culinary culture into a humoristic visual.
‘Zafer la feu’, ‘Mone ron’ and ‘ Tamam’ are a few of the local expressions that we transformed over the course of 10 days for the mural.
The impromptu nature of our painting style allowed us to tweak and adjust the original idea into a unique and most appropriate mural for this family-friendly public space.
| ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE |
Arte Laguna Prize, an international art competition open to multiple disciplines located in Venice, travels for the first time away from Italy.
From Venice to Mauritius: for the very first time, Arte Laguna Prize opens
in Mauritius at Caudan Arts Centre.
A unique exhibition bringing together 15 international Arte Laguna Prize finalist
and 15 talented Mauritian artists in an exciting blend of form and style.
This unique show is the result of a collaboration between Caudan Arts Centre, Basu Foundation for the Arts, The Art Vault and Lakaz d’Art.
This mural was an initiative of the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage for the development of street-art in Mauritius during the pandemic.
Located in Goodlands, on the side of Belin Football Stadium, this fresco emulates the creative diversity of the Lakaz d’Art team.
Over the duration of the project, we let our imagination runs free and created 10 separate murals to collectively add to the dynamic of the locality.
Bold colours and positive messages are the footprints we, at Lakaz d’Art, want to leave.
African Leadership University once again entrusted Lakaz d’ Art with a creative project for the campus in Mauritius. We worked closely with the students to transform their social space into a lively, inspiring, and bold environment for these new murals.
The murals consist of ALC’s motto, ‘DO HARD THINGS,’ painted in the University’s distinctive red colour outside the cafeteria. A statement piece is located on the terrace, a visual abstraction of the African continent and the Pan- African vision of ALC. The final mural is inspired by university life at ALC, illustrated in the monochrome aesthetic of doodles as requested by the students.