Memorie Urbane 2015 | Biancoshock | Martha Cooper
Memorie Urbane 2015 Street Art Festival in Italy has already begun and we are back with the new installation by Fra.Biancoshock, details about the upcoming exhibition of Martha Cooper and a recommendation to check the new works available on Street Art Place, the festival’s shop.
The recent installation of Biancoshock (interviewed) in Gaeta, entitled ‘24/7’, ironically refers to the experience of the artist in residence, and highlights its intimate aspect, “an apparently fascinating, itinerant and exciting life that involves sacrifices in relations, friendships and own spaces, including private spaces.” Inside the temporary “home” of the artist, we discover his day-to-day activities, the work-eat-sleep cycle, “whole days spent on a scaffold, in the rain or under the blazing sun, to leave an artistic contribution to a city and its community”. As the artist himself concludes, “if some problems can not be avoided, we can make them more comfortable”.
Photos: Flavia Fiengo
This year, Memorie Urbane hosts the exhibition ‘Art on the street’ by photographer Martha Cooper who has documented the graffiti scene and its evolution in the past decades. The show includes both photography and video and presents a short history of street art, from the birth of graffiti to contemporary urban interventions, and is divided into different rooms. The first room focuses on the origins of the graffiti phenomenon, with photos from New York’s ’70s-’80s underground scene, the second room showing the emergence of the first writers, with an emphasis on Keith Haring’s work on the street, while the third room reveals the transition from lawlessness to legal walls, allowing artists to express themselves, the proliferation of street art festivals around the world and the major protagonists of the present. Finally, the forth room will present images of Martha Cooper.
The exhibition can be visited at the contemporary art gallery “Giovanni da Gaeta” in Gaeta / Opening March 29th, 6 pm, running through May 17th, 2015 / Friday: 5 pm – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 1 pm, 5 pm – 8 pm.
Images via Memorie Urbane
Support Memorie Urbane – Street Art Place
Street Art Place is a branch of the festival, which since it was established in 2011, during just a 3-year period, has carried out over 150 projects in 9 Italian cities, effectively turning them into open-air museums by revamping walls otherwise fallen in disrepair and neglect. The aim of Street Art Place is to support the artistic recovery promoted by the street art festival Memorie Urbane as well as providing the festival with a higher degree of independence.
Here you can find works by artists who have been guests of the festival in the past editions (Millo, David de la Mano, Hyuro, Levalet, Martin Whatson, Etnik and more), including Keith Haring at work 1982 limited 100 signed pieces by Martha Cooper and her Banksy wall in NY– limited 75 signed pieces.