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From An African Village To The Art World News - Bbc

FROM AN AFRICAN VILLAGE TO THE ART WORLD NEWS

19 February 2019, Pepino

Naima wrote a great article about Bad Hair Day Leaders and Salon de Peinture Grand-Popo for the BBC. We had been talking about it since I launched the two projects almost a year ago and this was a good moment to make it happen when the leaders are exhibited at Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland.

Maybe I was once again dreaming too much, thinking that this would skyrocket the portrait business of Salon de Peinture - and bring a little bit wealth to the tiny village of Heve - but though we have had hundreds of thousands readers, only a few people have inquired pictures. Today Artnet, the prominent artmarket website, wrote about us in their news section.

Why a Street Painter From Benin Is Big in Helsinki – Benin-based artist Louis Houenoude used to paint signs for barber shops. Now, his series of satirical portraits, “Bad Hair Day Leaders,” which includes depictions of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Pope Francis I, is making waves in Finland. The artist’s solo show in Helsinki came about after the Finnish artist Riiko Sakkinen encountered his work on a trip to Benin last year. Now, new commissions are flooding in, and Houenoude is expanding his studio. 

Very nice visibility but, unfortunately, most of the things go wrong. The show is not in Helsinki but in Tampere. Making Waves? Actually, the show hasn't got really media coverage in Finland. Louis painted the portraits but the satirical attitude is basically mine. It's Riiko Sakkinen feat. Louis Houenoude. I hope that the commissions will flood in soon and Louis can expand his studio!





Manifesto Of Anthropomorphic Animalsí Rights - Walt Disney

MANIFESTO OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC ANIMALSí RIGHTS

15 February 2019, Pepino

We demand true animal rights. We demand zoological freedom. We demand freedom from the slavery of theme parks, fables, cartoons, games and advertising. We don’t want to be instrumentalized in animal show business.

We claim our natural habitat back. We don’t want to be grotesque anthropomorphic monsters domesticated in Wonderland or Duckburg. We want to be animals, not distorted hybrid creatures. We don’t want to live in houses, wear clothes, brush our teeth or talk human bullshit. We don’t want to be slaves of human culture and imagination.

Signers: Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Pink Panther, Bugs Bunny, Sponge Bob, Porky Pig, Yogi Bear, Kermit the Frog, Tigger, Tweety, Sonic the Hedgehog
 






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