Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris over the weekend, ahead of the United Nations summit that begins today (Monday 30 November).
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A French state of emergency means all public gatherings have been banned following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November.
Still, the ‘Brandalism’ project worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city, highlighting the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.
Brandalism has previously organised two of the world’s largest subvertising campaigns across different cities in the UK (in 2012 and 2014), involving prominent artists such as Ron English, Robert Montgomery and Paul Insect.
The artworks were placed in advertising spaces owned by JC Decaux – one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising firms and an official sponsor to the COP21 climate talks.
Other prominent corporate sponsors of the climate talks such as AirFrance, GDF Suez (Engie) and
Dow Chemicals are parodied in the posters, and heads of state such as Francois Hollande, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Shinzo Abi also feature.
‘Following the tragic events on 13 November in Paris, the government has chosen to ban the big civil society mobilisations – but big business events can continue.
‘The multinationals responsible for climate change can keep greenwashing their destructive business models, but the communities directly impacted by them are silenced.
‘It’s now more important than ever to call out their lies and speak truth to power. We call on people to take to the streets during the COP21 to confront the fossil fuel industry. We cannot leave the climate talks in the hands of politicians and corporate lobbyists who created this mess in the first place.’
Bill Posters, Brandalism