Axel Void is now in Rome where he just finished this beautiful mural for Avanguardie Urbane Roma Street Art Festival 2014 curated by Stefano S. Antonelli and 999Contemporary.
Painted near via Ostiense, the new mural features the image of a woman’s head seen from behind. In this way, we manage to identify with the woman and become part of the building and the surrounding architecture.
Void explains the meaning of the mural as follows:
“Nessuno” AxelVoid, Rome, Italy.
Most cities have a center and an industrial periphery that feeds the city. Ostiense, the neighborhood where the wall is located, was built in the 1870’s as the first industrial area in Rome.
Most tourists possess a romanticized idea of Rome that focuses on its historical importance, yet the city’s present is overlooked, and people continue to preserve an idea of what the city used to be. Neighborhoods like Ostiense create attractions like the “New Colosseum” in order to bring tourists to the area, transforming a neighborhood that formed out of the need to build houses for the workers to reside in into an attraction that distracts tourists from its original nature.
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