The third edition of FestiWall, the southernmost public art festival in Europe – just kicked off yesterday September 24th and will run for an entire week, until Saturday September 30th, with the main purpose to beautify the city and transform the community.
Turning Ragusa, Sicily into an open-air museum where walls and artists will be the main characters, next to the people of the city and this will bring all the community together.
With a third edition, FestiWall comes back with 5 artist, painting five different walls, with a rich program of collateral events like workshops, talks, exhibitions and live music.
Five artworks made by five international artists, will be added to the ten walls of the past editions, permanent works that will be delivered to the community and that have triggered a process of urban regeneration, giving to the citizens the opportunity to create a bond with the place where they live in.
As for the muralists, this 2017 edition will reunite leading international artists from five countries, including: GUE (IT), Marat Morik (RU), Guido Van Helten (AU), Sebas Velasco (SPA), Zoerism (FRA) and they will work on the historical centre of the city.
Hyperrealism, figurative, illustration and abstract, architectural or mechanical elements, this
will be some traces that can be read in the style of the hosted artists. All of them with a common link to the context where they work and a deep desire of experimentation. For this year’s edition FestiWall focus on the depopulation of the historic center of the city of Ragusa and its repercussions on the urban area.
The unholy building policy of the last twenty years, made today the historical centre of the city of Ragusa almost uninhabited, despite of its international renown baroque beauty.
The availability of old, shabby and cheap houses has favoured the repopulation of this area by poor people, mostly immigrants, creating a process of ghettoization.
For this reason FestiWall want to be present on the territory and help community through art, drawing a new landscape and starting a positve process for the citizenship, as Antonio Sortino and Vincenzo Cascone, curators of the festival, said: «the placement of the artworks within the urban area of the old town wants to stimulate the dialogue and confrontation of all the residents, without any distinction, to favor a rebirth of this important neighborhood of the city».
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Images courtesy by FestWall in Ragusa, Italy
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