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Sketch for a new wall
Gibellina, a small city of Sicily, was completely destroyed in 1968 by the Berenice’s earthquake.
Many people emigrate abroad and only a few of the earthquake-stricken people were living in the shantytown attending the new city.
The reconstruction was form in a new and aseptic city without an history to tell but the mayor at that time, Ludovico Corrao, began a saving cultural and artistic project.
Corrao, to avoid the cultural isolation of Gibellina, invited contemporary artists with international renown to give their contribute in his project. Various artist, give for free an artistic intervention to the city. Like this they’ve created some places of social and cultural sharing in Gibellina.
Alberto Burri, in memory of the history of Gibellina Vecchia, donated a giant land art installation realized on the rubble of the old town and that traces its roads.
Now, Peppe Zummo (Department for Cultural Activities) and Vincenzo Messina (Architect) with other guys from Gibellina, tries to create a project with a purpose similar to Corrao’s en plein air museum.
Italian and foreign street-artists are called to give their contribution to Gibellina Nuova. I and @hi_nulo painted on an embankment in a round, that in the past has been the market's seat, but now it is only a round for reversal of the machines march. An isolated round where only a few people pass but never stop them.
When we started to paint there, that place came back to life. The people came forward and backward in a place ignored until then. This intervention was beautiful, not only because it allowed us to leave a tangible contribute to Gibellina, but also because it has created new social and urban dynamics. Which drawing has created combination like the market in the past and so it product citizen’s aggregation in a place where people would not go.
The real power isn’t the pieces, the drawing, but the effect that it had on the people.
Often, the street art has become self -referential for the artist: too much importance to the drawings and too little to the social and cultural context.
San Berillo is an historic district in the center of Catania. Today, the majority of these homes are uninhabited and often abandoned. In the 50s San Berillo became the red-light district of the city and nowadays it’s a very closed area avoid by the majority of people.
Some lols have resisted the demolition in the 50s and now they live here with migrants, pushers and the new generation of lols.
They are women about 60/70 years old that have lived the history of the districts and its trasformations. They are “consenting” prositutes and have chosen their profession. This women work jet, they stay outside home and wait their customers. The “historic” lols are the real landlord of this district.
San Berillo is ignored and ghettoized by the citizens of Catania and so this area undergoes continuous speculative attacks.
Res Publica Temporanea temporanea is a collective from Catania that, from about four years, organizes interesting social projects. "Red Line Distreet" is one of this great project and it realized without permits or authorizations but only with the consent of the inhabitants. It’s gave life to the streets of this ignored district. the collective has invited many artists to paint on the walled doors in San Berillo, in this way all the pieces, inspired by the social context, constitute a sort of outdoor permanent exhibition.
I’ve rapresented a naked woman, a lol. The common ideology says that the dress describe the person that use its. I’ve reasoned on the idea of dress and work uniform that can distinguish a lol.
I wondered what is the dress of these women.
Substantially the dress of a lol is her own skin, her own body. I’ve rapresented the skin with buttons as if it were something to be dressed. Then thinking about what there is under this skin I’ve decided to represented the woman while unbuttons her skin and so under the dress we can see an heart.
ATLAS - Bologna - Italy
In the district Santo Stefano of Bologna, the 8000mq of the ex military barracks Masini is the place of the social center LABAS. This place has a significant history to remind, infact here during the war the partisan're imprisoned, tortured and killed.
Today here develops a reality that produce and garantees social cohesion. LABAS makes projects for a food sovereignty with Orteo, a district's social garden, and other projects for selfproduction. They make projects for human rights and so help students, unemployed and retirres with a desk for housing rights. LABAS organized also event and initiatives for family and children. In this way the yard of the barracks becomes a open square for all citizens.
The inhabitants of the district really appreciate this reality but now LABAS is in danger of eviction.
ATALA, the mythological figure that holds the world on his shoulders, is my solidarity contribution to this reality. I've draw a man that holds his big head in his shoulders. The head, mind and history, when are big are more difficult to hold up. If something is complex and have a revelant history we have a burdensome load of responsability.
LABAS with is work make just that.
Thank's to all the people from Làbas for the opportunyty and paint!