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Roma Wasn't Built in a Day 2010/2014

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144 pages
Edited by Francesco Dobrovich and Antonella Di Lullo
23 x 16.5 cm
Language: English, Italian
Publisher: Drago

Roma Wasn’t Built in a Day tells the fascinating story of how this collective of visionary artists and curators worked together to revolutionize street art in Rome and “experience firsthand the infinite passion that resides in the movement.”
“…a process of irreversible change in street art has begun.” Francesco Dobrovich, writing in the introduction describes how before 2010, no artist had worked on a building in the city centre legally. The Outdoor Urban Art Festival exhibits these captivating art installations with the aim of promoting the revival of neglected urban spaces in the city. This book beautifully documents five years of this unique regenerative process in two extraordinary locations, Ostiense and San Lorenzo.
Over the years, the festival has featured the innovative works of artists such as Herbert Baglione, Kid Acne, Agostino Iacurci, SAM3, C215, Sten and Lex, Martha Cooper and many more. All of their work is displayed in the book together with the insightful writing of those who helped make this remarkable project possible.
The most recent Outdoor festival took place in the fascinating location of an old military barracks named Ex-Caserma in the Flaminio district of Rome. “The theme of their 2016 edition is “Beyond.” Bergen-based street artist AFK’s politically laced stencil works collide with New Yorker Craig Costello’s vibrant wall murals. The inflatable installations of British artist Filthy Luker brilliantly complement Frenchman Honet’s darkly whimsical illustrations. Visitors venture through the intricate drawn labyrinths of Joys and the geometric marvels of Felipe Pantone to arrive at the nature-inspired landscapes of muralist Tellas. Artists Fakso, Mobstr, Vlady, Virgilio Villoresi, Tundra, Kuril Chto, Sebas Velasco, and Xavier Annunzibai also breathe life back into the space.” –Romeing
In light of such a successful festival, it is important to look back and ponder the beginnings of such a revolutionary project. Roma Wasn’t Built in A Day catalogues the first five editions of the Outdoor Urban Art Festival, from 2010 to 2014.