Collage is a technique of urban art that developed alongside classical graffiti but was initiated in France well before the arrival of the wave of North American street art. The forerunner in the use of this artistic technique is Ernest-Pignon Ernest, who in the early 60’s already affixed images of characters on the walls of our cities. In the artistic approach of poster collages, there is always this search for a scenario, this desire to integrate collage in the urban space to try to make it a real situation, which in any case forces us to think because for many artists who practice collage, there is often a desire to convey a political or social message
More and more artists have chosen this technique of expression not only because it is considered less invasive than the use of the spray can but also for more practical reasons. The original idea of the artists practicing the illegal collage was to be able to put more on the walls of their city and especially more quickly. Indeed, the collage artwork is often prepared beforehand, and the pose on the chosen spot is much faster than to make a classic graffiti, whether it is made by bomb or roller.
In addition, the risk of fines is more limited for artists who practice illegal collage than for graffiti artists who leave indelible works on the walls. Indeed, the paper medium often degrades itself due to weather conditions.
The collage techniques have diversified over the years. Some use existing materials such as magazines, newspapers, posters or other paper, cardboard .... which they cut out and stage on walls or canvases. Others first draw their creation in their workshop, scan it and then print it in large format before cutting it to paste it in a place often predefined in advance, always in this perspective of integration into the urban landscape.
The collage works are of all sizes. Often on a human scale, they can also be tiny and end up in all the streets of a district, so that again, its author can be recognized just at the sight of his collage. Black and white or in color, again, the possibilities are many and are found on the walls of our cities but also more and more on the canvases that the artists realize in their workshop.