The Goldmine: Slim Safont
Nieuw Gent is a neighborhood in Ghent that has been struggling with a bad reputation for some time. With the project 'The Goldmine' we counter this negative image by inviting talented artists to fill the space with art.
By applying quality murals we want to increase the quality of life and show that there is more to be found here. On the one hand, we want to give people from outside New Ghent a reason to visit. On the other hand, we bring color to the streetscape for the local residents. With the interventions we want to give the neighborhood something to be proud of.
The Spanish artist Slim Safont was inspired by some portraits, taken by a local photographer, of some local youth during the local neighborhood party. With this participatory element we wanted to create a link to the neighborhood.
Proceeds from Wallin's projects go towards funding this mission. The project was co-financed in collaboration with the City of Ghent and the department of Culture.
"With my work I try to focus on situations in everyday life that may be more significant than others, that may be representative of a specific social aspect in each context." Nil Safont, better known as Slim Safont, was born in 1995 in Berga, Barcelona. At the age of twelve, he instinctively entered the world of urban art. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. Currently working full time as a muralist and painter, his works can be found in various towns in Catalonia or Spain, but have also reached several cities in the United States, Italy, Belgium, Russia, France, Belarus and Kosovo, among others. making Slim Safont an internationally known artist.