R/ESISTENZA is based on the idea of overturning the conventional view of an art gallery as a “container” for works of art and transforming it into an urban exhibition itinerary that acts as an interpreter of identity.
Through art, these places are given new meanings and come to signify collective creativity, which re-imagines and reclaims public spaces as expressions of their own history and culture.
Through this “open-air gallery”, the urban fabrics of Antrodoco and Calcata become a generator of social change, in which artistic expertise stimulates the positive and beneficial regeneration of the local area in the medium and long term.
Walls, public squares and even streets are all transformed into works of art themselves, and become part of a dialogue between the artists and the local populations to create new connections between the places in town and the people who live there.
The aesthetic and social codes of street art have been used to reconfigure the perception of the urban environment, not only by improving its aesthetic appearance, but also by acknowledging it as a space that deserves our attention and protection, generating a renewed sense of esteem for and belonging to the local area for the local populations.
The choice of which areas to include in the events was dictated by the desire to maximise accessibility to works of art, as well as their usability.
The works included in these initial two editions of the events, which is set to take place on an annual basis, will add to the open-air gallery, and over time, help to transform Antrodoco and Calcata into centres for street art on an international level.
Curatela: Margò Paciotti e Alin Cristofori
“… Resist to Exist.
At the heart of this project lies the meaning of the expression ‘Resistance: Resist to Exist’, a concept that now more than ever fully describes the condition of the entire cultural world and which is one of the founding themes of street art itself: an art form that uses its very presence and physical permanence in public and communal spaces as a strength. Antrodoco, a small town nestled in the mountains of the province of Rieti, is where these artworks are located. From this close relationship with nature comes the choice shared by the 4 artists involved to take the natural elements as their starting point and interpret them in their own way.
The goal is to create an urban art gallery that can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone at any time – a collection of artworks intended for the entire community.
The project involves well-known artists from the world of street art in order to create an expressive programme of works of art that will become an attraction for tourists and visitors to the town and transform Antrodoco into a contemporary arts centre.”
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