Avanguardie Urbane: Axel Void

Organized and curated by Stefano Antonelli of 999Contemporary the Avanguardie Urbane Roma Street Art festival is underway in Rome, Italy with this new piece by Axel Void completed. Entitled "Nessuno" Axel painted a simple figurative piece, here explaining his thoughts behind the mural: "Most cities have a center and an industrial periphery that feeds the city. Ostiense, the neighborhood where the wall is located, was built in the 1870’s as the first industrial area in Rome. Most tourists possess a romanticized idea of Rome that focuses on its historical importance, yet the city’s present is overlooked, and people continue to preserve an idea of what the city used to be. Neighborhoods like Ostiense create attractions like the “New Colosseum” in order to bring tourists to the area, transforming a neighborhood that formed out of the need to build houses for the workers to reside in into an attraction that distracts tourists from its original nature."

Photo by the artist.