The artistic writing's on the wall in Abidjan

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The artistic writing's on the wall in Abidjan

Driven by Ivorians' passion for art and creation, street art thrives beyond social and cultural borders in the streets of Abidjan.

Although fairly unknown just a few years ago, street art is increasingly making its presence known on the city's walls. Go on a hunt for giant frescoes and try to spot the work of artist YZ among the many different pieces you'll see. With her Street Vendors project, the renowned Franco-British street artist combines art and politics by portraying street vendors in the city's different neighbourhoods. Far from the precariousness of their social condition – they are all street vendors, recyclers of consumer goods, windscreen washers – these women are represented in a sensitive and dignified way here.

Another impressive artistic achievement, the painted walls of the former Partners' Village from the Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophone Games) in Treichville, are also worth a visit. When the Games were held in Abidjan in 2017, young graffiti artists were invited to let their creativity flow out onto the village's huge facades. As a result, several dozen colourful works on the themes of commitment, solidarity and artistic expression have now completely reshaped the urban landscape, and the project was one of the first exploring alternative culture in Abidjan.