C215’s artwork paying homage to the Algerian victims of the police repression of October 17, 1961, has been vandalized.
“The one who added stains resembling blood and who chiseled the wall to erase the inscription” thrown into the Seine on October 17, 1961 “which was attached to the portrait of Ahmed Khalfi, rue Louis Bertrand in Ivry-sur -Seine must wonder how his racist imagination is so disturbed by the simple memory portrait of a victim, ”C215 denounced on his Facebook page.
Two months ago, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the massacre of Algerian demonstrators under the authority of the Paris police prefect of the time Maurice Papon, C215, whose real name is Christian Guémy, had painted with a stencil on a Ivry’s garage wall a portrait of one of the victims of this repression, Ahmad Khalfi, with the inscription “Thrown into the Seine on 10/17/1961”.
An inscription erased with a chisel and the portrait sprayed with blood-red spots. A penis has also been engraved on the artwork. “I saw it today, but I don’t know when it was done. It’s in a small street, there is not a lot of traffic, ”said C215.
“It’s very violent for all North Africans and people who can truly identify with Ahmad Khlafi. He is not a political figure, he is just a victim of a massacre that was committed under circumstances of ordinary racism. And there, we perpetuate all that. It’s very sad. It is an offense thrown in the face not only of the victim, but also of people of the present, “the artist lamented again.
This is not the first time that a C215 work has been vandalized. Last November, a stenciled portrait of policeman Ahmed Merabet, an official murdered by one of the Kouachi brothers in January 2015, was degraded in Pari.