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Once again, Back to the Books will bring together writers from all over Europe for a day devoted entirely to graffiti. Young and old, professionals and amateurs will have the opportunity to present their style writing skills to the public. 

This year, because of Covid-related measures, the battle will have a new twist: 24 graffiti artists will challenge themselves with the can on four outdoor walls. All artists have qualified themselves on October 4th through an online battle on Instagram. This third edition will be marked by the presence of the artists Dejoe (winner of the Back to the Books 2019), Defo and Sumo as members of the jury.

Also on the programme: a screening of the film Girl Power about the rich history of women in graffiti, a market devoted to products related to graffiti, and a free expression graffiti wall for the public. 

The film: Girl Power

The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. Women have, however, become increasingly prominent in recent years. Girl Power captures the stories of women from fifteen cities who have succeeded in the male-dominated graffiti world. Girl Power also tells the story of the Czech writer Sany, who in 2009 decided to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film and to give other girls and women the opportunity to express themselves. It ended up being a seven-year endeavour that required a lot of sacrifices. Writer Musa71, featured in the film, will attend and answer questions from the audience after the screening.

Girl Power Movie Trailer ENG — The First Women’s

The jury

  • Dejoe (Berlin)
    Dejoe was the winner of Back to the Books in 2019. He is one of the most prominent graffiti artists in Berlin. For nearly 30 years, Dejoe has been spraying his art on walls, establishing a constantly evolving style. As his name suggests, Dejoe is also a DJ. As well as mixing in Berlin clubs, he has, for several years, organised the Sketch Circle, where Berlin graffiti artists meet to share their desire to sketch.
  • Sumo (Luxembourg)
    Sumo’s work can be seen all around Luxembourg, but also in numerous cities around the world. Although they are an important, formative stage in his artistic development, graffiti and street art are merely one aspect of Sumo’s bulimic work on images. Bursting with statements, slogans, motifs and intense colours, Sumo’s compositions represent an abstract documentation of moments. His overall concept of time and space fills the picture plane in a sprawling, virus-like mode. Thanks to these countless details, each square centimetre could be seen as an autonomous work in itself, their sum creating a dizzying zoom-in, zoom-out effect.
  • DEFO 84 (Brussels)
    One of the most famous graffiti artists in Brussels, Defo 84 creates his works in Neerpede, De Wand or along highways or railroads. The artist does not limit himself to authorised walls and places his paintings where he feels they should be, always with precision and an incredible technique. Eternally dissatisfied, he always tries to surpass himself and has produced quality works since 1993.

MC

For the third time, the battles will be hosted by the writer and MC Yellow, activist of the hip-hop scene, organiser, dance battle MC, and well-known writer. He will produce a live painting during the afternoon alongside Dejoe.

DJs

  • Jean Marron
  • DJ PC