Is street art a cultural movement or only another way to express an artist’s personality? Does it give a sign of society or it’s only a matter of beauty? We are going to walk together around one of the biggest open-air exhibitions, discovering artists, origins, and hidden meanings of Naples murals. Turn the first page, an adventure is about to start.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was born on a warm late summer evening: we were walking throw the outskirts of Naples when we came across the imposing mural of Maradona painted by Jorit in San Giovanni a Teduccio. The brutal but at the same time proud look of the Argentine footballer arouses in us feelings of admiration and enthusiasm for a work which regardless of our passion for sport, deserves to be called a masterpiece. A few days later I published a photo on Instagram where I portrayed the painting: beyond thousands of likes, I received for the shot, under the post, a comment from a girl which struck me very much:
“The photo is amazing, in the light and the white is black. The reality of the place is different. And I know I'll never come back again. In fact, I have been robbed in that place."
This comment has caused different feelings in our hearts: on one hand, we would like to shout that Naples is not Gomorrah and such incidents occur everywhere, in any city and any neighborhood. But on the other hand, why wouldn’t you seize the day to make famous these boroughs over the world by a book on street art which could describe every work, in its historical background? It was the moment when we have started to explore the unknown, discover the world of street art: books, day and night looking for graffiti, emails sent to artists begging them for an interview, and asking them for a comment. All the challenges that we have faced during this “journey” were frustrating: not only the bureaucracy but also obstacles related to getting legal permission for sharing our photos of murals in the book forced us to review the project. First, we have planned to publish the descriptions with photos and more details, but the royalties requested (plausible and fair) by some artists and the lack of collaboration with others, have forced us to revise the embryonic idea. Anyway, the project is self-financed, self-produced, and still ambitious. We’d like to stress that the book is not aimed to criticize anyone but it is to be considered as a sort of a guide to the street art in Naples and its province and a way to introduce the beauty of the city: the murals painted in the urban environment, and they tell us something more than a street or a square itself, they enrich our artistic and cultural heritage.
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