Most artists will tell you that from darkness comes art and the fuel to create. Instead of looking inwards artist, tattoo artist and photographer Benjamin JeanJean has taken a broader worldwide perspective and is putting up a solo exhibition called “True Stories”, with the purpose of shedding light on the refugee crisis. The series of illustrations is a personal take on the deep narratives that are based off the stories told by refugees telling the tales of struggle, freedom and humanity.
The exhibition is happening through the RVCA platform, a programme that invites hand selected artists to create a limited edition design to be put on print. The clothing brand is initiating the programme with the french multitalent JeanJean, who is mostly known for his detailed black and white surreal narrative that branches throughout all of his art.
The exhibition itself will be a combination of murals and prints, all swirling around the subject of being a refugee and the life shattering consequences people suffer from it. JeanJean did not only draw inspiration each personal story he was told, he also included their individual touch by visually letting them add on to the art, making the exhibition as interactive and authentic as can be.
The exhibition can be experienced in Vienna, Austria from the 2nd-18th of December at Kienmaverg 22.