French Artwork in Kampung Biru Malang

Mademoiselle Maurice, a beautiful artist from France presented her work in the form of Origami street-art which she made on the walls or buildings. Her works have amazed many countries such as Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabian, Brazil and many more. She made origami from metal, paper, or painting.

On Wednesday, in August 2018, Maurice came to Kampung Biru Jodipan Malang to display her work. After Jakarta, Bandung, and Bali, she finally decided to go to Malang. She claimed that she was interested in this place.

C’est comme Les Bleus. L’equipe de France,” said Mr. Pierre, Maurice’s friend. He said that blue is the color of French football club, Les Bleus. “Un Pentagon,” he replied when asked what form of origami he would make. The Pentagon is a form with five sides commonly used in the design of a soccer ball. That is why both of them decided to display this form on the walls of Kampung Biru, Malang. Besides, blue is also the color of Malang Football Team, AREMA.

IFI Surabaya accommodated them while in Indonesia. IFI also invited several French Language and Literature Students, Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) to attend the event. There were also discussion sessions among students and the two French artists. In addition, there were also visitors from SMAN 4 and SMAN 5 Malang.
The first activity was the process of creating the artwork, attended by the Head of Village, Mr. Johan Fuady and the Head of RW 05 Kampung Biru, Mrs. Mira. The main event was held on the following day at 04.00 p.m. The event is the Inauguration of Maurice’s Works attended by the representatives of the Culture and Tourism Department of Malang City. There were also cultural exchange activities enlivened by several percussion groups; one of them was the Little Arema Drumband.

The program went well, two of FCS UB students, Syifa Shara Salsabila and Binda Izzaty admitted that they were very happy to be able to speak directly with the two great artists, especially with Mademoiselle Maurice. They hope that such visits should often be done so they can communicate more with native speakers. (Binda/DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)