The third edition of the Street Art Festival confirms the avant-garde vocation of The Bicester Collection's Italian Village

For some time now, street art, and particularly Italian street art, has become much more than what it originally was, when to define this universe made up of spontaneous and rebellious gestures we used words that have gradually become marginal such as tag and graffiti. Today, when we say street art, we are referring to a multiform and frayed galaxy of expressions born from the same root of the gesture 'against' and then becoming much more. Talking about street art now means thinking of open-air museums such as the one in Tor Marancia in Rome, or exhibitions such as the one at the Macro museum in the capital, which in 2017 marked the entry into the official arena of artists born to dislike with their antagonistic creative actions. A long and complex evolution of languages, styles and poetics characterises what is now a veritable open-air museum, spread throughout the territory, from large cities to small towns, where urban artists increasingly leave their mark in dialogue with institutions, using their art as a cultural and social lever, an activator of processes of requalification and redemption.

Contemporary creativity

A sample of the prominence that urban languages have taken on in the contemporary art scene is on stage from April at Fidenza Village, the shopping village (and not only) an hour away from Milan and Bologna, which for the third year is focusing on street art to bring the visitor into an experience that conveys the sense of the most experimental contemporary creativity. Curated by one of the most established names on the Italian street art scene, Lucamaleonte, born Luca Vollono, the event evolves this year from pure muralism to street art in three dimensions. The Village's art collection, which already counts 28 murals, is thus enriched with the works of new artists, in a true exhibition itinerary documented by audio guides full of anecdotes related to the artists and the creation of their works.

Fidia: hip hop and underground culture

First of all, there is Fidia Falaschetti, an artist from the Marche region, born in 1977, who has been active in Los Angeles since 2007. Fidia, whose name derives from his grandfather's passion for the sculptor of ancient Greece, is a child of art who has become famous for his characteristic mix of street art, hip pop and underground cultures. Egoji is the title of the sculpture on display, inspired by the emoji phenomenon and the role of the ego for artists.

Stencils by Sten Lex

Also featured in the exhibition are Sten Lex, pioneering muralists working with stencils, famous for their urban interventions. The subjects of their works are anonymous characters, photographed by themselves or rediscovered in old photo archives, painted in black and white stencils and the result of research into Western photographic portraiture from the 1960s to the present day. Confini XXII is the art installation conceived for the Fidenza Village Street Art Festival, and is part of a series that started with the first mural created in Gibellina in 2016.

The 2 Moai of Urbansolid

Urbansolid is the project that brings writing to the third dimension through the sculptural installation created by the duo formed by Riccardo Cavalleri and Gabriele Castellani. A form of art bordering on installation, with sculptures representing human anatomical casts, guns, televisions, and other symbols of pop culture and the mainstream, which are articulated on the walls carrying allegorical meanings and social denunciation. Urbansolid brings to Fidenza Village 2 Moai, 3D works inspired by the giants of Easter Island presented as a preview at the Interni Design Re-Evolution exhibition-event at FuoriSalone 2023.

An open-air museum

In the space of three editions, Fidenza Village is increasingly becoming an Italian open-air museum of street art. Says Lucamaleonte: "This edition of the Festival is the direct evolution of what we have done in previous years. It was a natural step, after pure muralism, to move Fidenza Village into the future, presenting something that is still considered a niche in Italy, namely urban sculpture and art in three dimensions'.