Gen Atem is considered a pioneer of the European Urban Art movement. After the New York graffiti era of the 1980s, he studied and practiced Eastern philosophy and calligraphy in a Buddhist monastery, and in 1999 he received the consecration to the Zen priest. Miriam Bossard sees her artistic work in the tradition of classical collage. The balance between graphic impression and abstract poetry characterizes her work. In the 80s and 90s, both lived in New York: Gen Atem performed with his mentor, the artist Rammellzee, underground performances and exhibitions, while Miriam Bossard completed her Fine Arts studies there with a master’s diploma. Since 2008 the artist duo has collaborated and realized exhibitions in New York, Zurich, Bregenz, Istanbul and Tokyo.
In this video we attend the opening reception of Gen Atem and Miriam Bossard’s exhibition “Meditated Vandalism” at Urban Art exhibition space Artsübli in Basel (Switzerland) on February 10, 2017.
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