The Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin presents the Street Art photographic exhibition Vedo a Colori – Saluti dal Porto, curated by Giulio Vesprini and Cristina Ciampaglione, from November 6th to November 24th.
The show will be held at the Irish Architectural Archive and will showcase the urban regeneration project Giulio Vesprini led as the Artistic Director of Vedo a Colori in the city of Civitanova Marche (Italy). Over the past decade, this initiative has revitalised the harbour through street art. The exhibition will feature 120 photographs and an architectural model of the city’s harbour. It will showcase the artistic creations of Italian street artists, thoughtfully captured by five distinguished photographers from 2014 to 2022: Massimo Perugini, Silvia Diomedi, Monica Capretti, Federica Borroni and Simone Fabbri.
“Street Art and its many creative forms arrive with ‘Vedo a Colori’ in an urban recovery project through its most classic and, at the same time, decisive pictorial intervention: the mural. With Vedo a Colori, the harbour becomes an authentic Museum of Urban Art and is fenced with colour, becomes a space usable by all, and changes the city’s postcard starting from its heart” Giulio Vesprini explains.
The rehabilitation of these complex architectures throughout the Civitanovese port area is a clear example of how urban art reaches into everyday life and the working social sphere.
“But street art does not stop there. It also acts as a bridge between the natural world – the sea – and the social world – the harbour, awakening new sensibilities and understandings and raising awareness among citizens. Inciting reflection, activism and action, promoting active participation and triggering dynamics tending to the transformation of the civil society” says Cristina Ciampaglione, art curator based in Ireland.
Finally, street art with Vedo a Colori reaches out to young people, offering creative alternatives to the street, inviting them to express themselves constructively, serving as a pathfinder to find an alternative way through art and transform their lives into something meaningful and inspiring.
The Italian Institute’s commitment to the promotion of Italian street art dates back to 2022, when it commenced its support for Italian artists participating in the Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival, featuring acclaimed talents such as Iena Cruz last year, and Chekos this year.
“This exhibition aims to promote the extraordinary effect that Vedo a Colori has had on the local community of Civitanova Marche – being a tangible example of how Street Art can be a useful tool to activate positive transformative changes. Furthermore, this exhibition is also aimed at building cultural exchanges between Irish and Italian Street Artists – availing of the external expertise of Cristina Ciampaglione, a cultural professional that has worked on Street Art initiatives in Ireland and Italy over the last 9 years” Marco Gioacchini, the Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin, commented.
The exhibition will be open for public viewing at the Irish Architectural Archive every Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm, with complimentary admission for all art enthusiasts.
The opening event on November 6th will be enriched by the screening of the documentary film Un documentario al porto (ITA SUB ENG) at 4:45 pm at the Italian Institute of Culture – 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2, followed by the vernissage of the photo exhibition at 6:30 pm at the neighbouring premises of the Irish Architectural Archive – 5 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2. The exhibition curators will be present and light refreshments will be offered.
To participate at the opening event, please register here.