Italian artist Giorgio Bartocci is currently in Vienna where he recently finished a new mural curated by OXYMORON Galerie.

Titled “Mors Vitalis” the new piece is inspired by the concept of “Liquid modernity” (or Late Modernity) coined by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, and that refers to the present condition of the world in which individuals live fragmented lives that require them to be flexible and adaptable – to be constantly ready and willing to change tactics at short notice, to abandon commitments and loyalties without regret and to pursue opportunities according to their current availability. Liquid times are therefore defined by uncertainty.

According to Augustine, life on earth is a living death or mors vitalis, but unlike other deaths, the Mors Vitalis is not just a living death, it is also a resurrection in itself, because it implies a transition from nothing to the plenitude of Being.
As in Bartocci’s work every end represents a new beginning, the continuous cycle of life which has always run this world, leaving behind old habits to embrace new and innovative solutions – threading our way through the ‘senseless sense’ of the modern times’ dynamics. His primitively depicted characters float trying either to connect, or separate from each other, trying to find the spot-on balance between a mortal life and a vital death.

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Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.