Street Art

The Exhibitionists—An Outsider Art Show at a Kebab Shop in Rome

March 06, 2018

Conceived and realized by some familiar faces to the Juxtapoz reader, including Biancoshock, Elfo and Rub Kandy, Exhibitionists was an exhibition/project that took place on February 8th in Rome. Bringing together a “top ten” of international public art outsiders (artists that create unconventional work at unconventional locations, using unconventional methods and techniques) the event took place at equally unconventional location—a Kebab shop in Pigneto, a historical and popular district of Rome.

For one night only, the visitors could enjoy their favorite late night snacks, prepared and served by some of the participating creatives, and enjoy the photo documentation of the artist's public works. This particular place, present in similar form around the globe, was chosen as a well known meeting point for people of different cultures, nationalities and social background. In such a setting, the works, were displayed as part of shop's "permanent collection," or decoration, formed a “photographic playlist” chosen by the curators. The list of participating artists included Markus Butkereit (Germany), Harmen De Hoop (Holland), Brad Downey (United States), Julien Fargetton (France), Francesco Garbelli (Italy), Helmut Smits (Holland), Spy (Spain), Mathieu Tremblin (France), Vladimir Turner (Czech Republic) and The WA (France). The second part of the project was announced for later in the year in Milan.

From the 3 artist-curator team: “We have gathered ten of the most influential artists of the last twenty years trying to draw an indicative map of a trend that is as powerful as it is difficult to put in a box. Despite being related to street art, these artists carry out a non-pictorial research, made up of installation practices, happenings, interventions that interrogate public space even before decorating it. Their art is akin to graffiti culture not quite so much for spray cans and iconography but for an irreverent, abusive, intrinsically anarchic attitude grafted with structured researches and practices that belong to contemporary art."

text by Sasha Bogojev