R/Esistenza Street Art Gallery is a concept of art curating based on the idea of overturning the conventional view of an art gallery as a “container” for works of art, transforming it into an urban exhibition itinerary that acts as an interpreter of the identity of the community in the places in which it resides.
Through art, these places can assume new meanings and signs of collective creativity, which re-imagine and reclaim public spaces as expressions of their own history and culture.
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 population.
The aim of this art curatorship is to create a “bridge” that will connect the small villages of the Lazio Region through art.
Between 2021 and 2023 the SCATTERED URBAN GALLERY has seen the creation of artworks by some of the most influential Italian street artists, including: Sten Lex, Lucamaleonte, Orticanoodles, Alice Pasquini, Uno, Krayon, Alessandra Carloni, Luis Gomez De Teran, Neve and Warios One.
Walls, public squares or even streets are all transformed into works of art themselves, in a dialogue with the artists and the local population to create connections between places and people.
The choice of which areas to include in the venture was dictated by the desire to maximise accessibility to works of art, as well as their usability.
The works of art will enrich the “gallery” on an annual basis, transforming Antrodoco (RI) and Calcata (VT) into centres for street art on an international level. These two towns are now united in a synergistic artistic vision that will kick-start positive regeneration processes to contribute to the development of the local area in the medium and long term.
Curatorship: Lorenzo Pasquali, Alin Cristofori and Margò Paciotti
“… 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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