Six Artists Close Out FestiWall's Five-Year Run in Ragusa, Italy
Back in September, the city of Ragusa in Sicily hosted the fifth and final edition of FestiWall. With an aim to revitalize different districts of the city, from the historic center to the suburbs, this year's edition produced six major works focusing on Ragusa's Industrial area. This concludes their five-year campaign to bring culture to the public and encourage dialogue in the community and pride in the neighborhoods.
Argentinian artist Elian Chali devised a striking intervention by painting the surface of a new local skatepark. Using primary colors, he breaks up the existing geometry, destroying and reconstructing new forms to forge a dialogue for the observer, the work, and the surrounding environment. Fellow countryman, Franco Fasoli aka Jaz, was inspired by San Giorgio who fought a dragon after studying the sculpted image in the ancient quarters of the city. By recreating this medieval motif on a modern building, the warrior becomes a symbol for the eternal battle between order and chaos, reason and unconscious.
German artist Case Maclaim painted a poetic vision of a moment in everyday life, capturing a woman who sees another world in the reflection of a mirror. Suggesting an alternate view of reality, the image can be seen as having both strong political and social connotations. Polish stencil master M-city created a striking piece at an abandoned industrial site for bituminous material, an ideal setting for post-capitalist realism. Working on eight different walls, the artist composed a unique narrative in which existing structures reflect their role in the cycle of production and consumption. Italian artist Ciredz created an intervention on a massive materials factory by linking the colors of nature to the artificial volumes. The result is a geometric and abstract vision where the work becomes part of the alternative landscape, following the existing limestone structures and color scheme.
Finally, working in a similar environment, Ampparito created another witty and unexpected intervention by turning a local carpentry complex into a simple ruler. This piece serves as a commentary on the large-scale mural scene, and plays on the concepts of reduction and re-use of everyday objects, the misunderstandings of perception, and the proportional relationships between the wall and painted subject. "It seemed a good idea to spend three days of my life, four people working between eight and ten hours a day, using 120 liters of paint and a cherry picker to paint a 10cm ruler on a 30-by-7-meter wall. All these efforts, resources, and energy for, in the end, walking 50 meters away from the wall and make the 30-meter ruler 10cm again."
The featured artists reveal the festival's familiarity with current Street Art trends and popular culture as the roster included names whose work varies significantly in style, approach, and purpose.