Titouan Lamazou appointed UNESCO artist for peaceParis – Titouan Lamazou, French sailor, artist and author of a series of portraits of women from around the world, will be appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on March 12 (6.30 pm), during celebrations for International Women’s Day 2003.
Born in 1955, Lamazou began his sailing career in 1975 after studying at the Beaux Arts (fine arts school). He sailed with French champion Eric Tabarly, won a number of races including the solo round-the-world Vendée Globe in 1990, and held the title of world champion of maritime racing. But he never stopped drawing and painting, publishing, among other works, the collections of drawings Carnet antillais in 1974 and Un hiver berbère in 1989, and a novel, Trésor de l’Atlas, in 1985. In 1993, after the sinking of his boat, the TAG Heuer, he devoted himself exclusively to painting and drawing, publishing two volumes of travel diaries, Carnets de voyage (1998 and 2000), and a book with photographer Raymond Depardon, Rêves de desert.
In 2002, he designed the graphics for the cover of singer Renaud’s album, and published Renaud-Titouan. He also began the series of drawings and paintings entitled Women of the World, which will take him to 40 different countries over three years, and of which the first volume has just been published. Through this work he intends to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.
In response to this project, UNESCO’s Director-General wrote to him: “The drawings, paintings and photographs you produced during your numerous voyages all over the world bear witness to the conditions inflicted on women in many countries, challenging all those who should stand up and fight to ensure a better future for them. (…) I applaud your commitment in favour of the rights of women and their empowerment.”
UNESCO’s Artists for Peace, like its Goodwill Ambassadors, are international celebrities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message.
During the March 12 ceremony, a documentary entitled Portraits de femmes du monde (portraits of women of the world) and co-produced by UNESCO, TV 5 and the Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, the organization of French-speaking countries, will also be screened.