March 3, 2024


Yo Quiero Techno

Juxtapoz Magazine – Mohamed l’Ghacham: The Time Traveler

3 min read
Transforming History into Contemporary Art


I read you say that the will work you ended up painting on partitions were abandoned spaces, and you have been kind of bringing the areas again to lifestyle. I hope this makes perception, but they almost surface like ghosts of the previous. Does that make feeling? Like the vitality that is left behind. What do you feel of that? 

I grew up in Mataró, a modest town on the outskirts of Barcelona. In this location, there are a good deal of factories and industrial structures that, for the reason that of the 2008 crisis, experienced to shut. This was the calendar year I begun painting in the avenue. The two my pals and I commenced painting our 1st graffiti in abandoned factories and so put in quite a few weekends and afternoons after university in these kinds of spots. Numerous of them have been even now outfitted and with plenty of notes, calendars, and matters like that. It appeared extraordinary to us to be alone in such significant areas where there had been so a great deal lifestyle and so many men and women just a small time prior to. 


That experience of portray “everyday living” in lifeless destinations amplified even extra when I begun painting additional realistic scenes that had extra to do with portray than typical graffiti. On the other hand, I am portion of a generation that grew up looking at a whole lot of parts by Aryz, Gr170, Kikx, and that group. They experienced amazing parts each for high-quality and measurement in any deserted manufacturing unit you visited. Those people persons, in specific, produced me see that there were being other languages when functioning in the road and that by replacing the sprays with paint, rollers, and extension sticks you could take advantage of a wall substantially more, and attain bigger to realize finishes that are unthinkable with the spray.


Imagining about it now, I was extremely lucky to have references that investigated other strategies and opened the way for me and a lot of other younger artists.


Do you modify your method if it is a mural or if it is a painting for a clearly show? Do you have diverse approaches? 

I assume a lot of muralists would concur that painting a mural is considerably less difficult than doing a portray in the studio. I wouldn’t know why. But I feel that, in my scenario, time is of the essence. When I’m on a wall it’s a fight towards the clock and you know you have deadlines to satisfy. That helps make me a lot more decisive (from time to time much more successful, in some cases significantly less so) and I you should not doubt so a lot what I am performing. I know there is no turning back. The environment also performs an essential position, and the metropolis supports a portray much better than a white wall. 


When I am in the studio I have a tendency to be much more insecure, I erase, repaint, and even abandon paintings for a handful of months. It’s a great deal more challenging for me to know if I’m executing items correct or if I’m fully lost. That is the battle. The system is similar, despite the fact that in the studio I perform with oil paint, and potentially in the studio, I do give more value to the format. Yet another great thing about the street is that you adapt to the structure of the wall and it forces you to glimpse for compositions that possibly you didn’t even consider you could do.


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