Art as a protest, as a language and vehicle for information. This the aim that drives many street artists to express their dissent. Through creativity.
In Turin, Italy, an entire former industrial area has been re-populated by over fifty artists who painted murals on an area of 1500 square meters. “It all started in a spontaneous way” says Raw Tella, 32 year old, one of the founders of Urbe - Urban Regeneration, an association of photographers and urban planners with the objective of giving artistic nourishment to post-industrial areas. Exploring the former factory you will come across several provocative works, a sort of social commentary on topical issues. Alongside the work that depicts a Rafale, a fighter used in the recent bombings in Libya, are the colorful look of the veiled women of BR1, who deals with the issue of women in the Arab world, and the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, which has inspired Ext, for his “President/Worker”.
The street art’s “landscape” is also made of comparisons and voices “against” such as the one of Galo, who has started in Amsterdam in the late nineties, according to whom “those who use the political controversy, they do it for the market, while art must be instinctive and natural”.
Elena Monzo, a painter in her thirties, works in her atelier at Orzinuovi. Her paintings focus on the use of women’s bodies in advertising and on the habit to “mask” our identities.
Ecology and the relationship between man and environment is at the center of the work of Karin Andersen Loevenbo, a German artist who lives today in Bologna. She paints mutant beings, hybrid creatures in a world at last out of the ordinary and anthropocentric vision.
If you enter in the Emilian countryside, near the A1 motorway, you will come across a huge portrait of Janis Joplin, the collective work of FX. The authors reveal how they choose their “targets”: “we create awareness around dysfunctional realities through a positive visual message. In this case, the protest is against the work of TAV and the squandering of public funds at the expense of culture and research.”
Why putting yourself at risk of harsh economic sanctions, with an illegal protest? “Because putting up a poster is therapeutic.”
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