WHEN ART COMES FROM THE STREETS

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Since the first large graffiti appeared on the walls of Philadelphia in the mid-Sixties as territorial warnings by the local gangs – see Jack Stewart’s Graffiti Kings. New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s (NY: Abrams, 2009) – street art has had a double “social” meaning: the first is the author’s; the second is the meaning that passers-by give to what they see.

As with a song – in particular topical/protest songs – the skill of passers-by in appropriating street works becomes the core of the street’s independent art system: the feeling that the artwork arouses stays on the wall in a lasting way and can also condition the author and influence works to come.

The dual nature of the street work – whether a painting, a graffiti, a stencil, etc. – places the photographer/observer in a condition of knowing both sides of the coin.

Observing a street artwork in a neighborhood instead of another makes a huge difference. Knowing a street artist and seeing him at work in the street helps even more to understand how in the last three decades an independent/underground art became the center of attention for collectors and art galleries all around the world.

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The series of black and white frames (taken with mirrorless cameras Fuji X100 and FujiFilm X30 and without the use of additional lights) were recorded in two moments: during the night, while artist Osmo Kalev created his work; and the day after when the work, whose title is RIOT, was already being lived by passers-by and curious people in the neighborhood – stickers and tags add new perspective to the work.

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SKATING IN THE HOUSE

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Three plastic men skaters (by ToyBoarders Skateboarders) run around the house: from the fridge to the terrace they challenge gravity. (Shots by FujiFIlm X30)

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ESTASI SOSPESA

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Estasi sospesa, Darsena, Milano, late September 2016 [FujiFilm X30]

ROLLER DOME

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Roller Dome, South Bank, London, early June 2015 [Sony α 3000]

FEET & WHEELS

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Feet & Wheels, Milano, August 2014 [Canon EOS 1100D]

PARTNERSHIP

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Partnership, Milano, mid August 2014 [Canon EOS 1100D]

SKATIN’ IN THE CRATES

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Skatin’ in the Crates, Milano, January 2013 [Canon EOS 1100D]