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“Botanica Resistente” by ETNIK in Rome, Italy

“Botanica Resistente” by ETNIK in Rome, Italy

Recently, urban artist ETNIK, and Mirko Pierri, curator of urban art for the a.DNA association finally started transforming the facade of the Liceo Scientifico Statale Francesco D’Assisi, via Castore Durante e Viale Palmiro Togliatti, in Rome. The work, titled “Botanica Resistente” was created few days before April 25th, the “Liberation Day” in Italy, which marks the end of the Nazi’s occupation and the liberation from Fascism.

The plants and flowers represented by the Italian urban artist, recognized all over the world, also symbolize the reaction of the inhabitants of Centocelle after the fires at La Pecora Elettrica, at the Baraka Bistrot, and other local shops in 2019. The symbolism used celebrates those who take action in their territories to defend the common space for the dissemination of culture, inclusion, and social interaction. It's this belief that is also the engine of the Uno, Nessuno, Centocelle project. The rekindled light, the letters of gratitude come back together to compose a collective story portraying culture as a tool.

The title refers to the initial name of Viale Palmiro Togliatti which, up until 1979, was known as Viale Della Botanica. A direct reference to the toponymy that characterizes the entire district of Centocelle with its streets named after plants, trees, and flowers. Etnik’s work is based on the irremediable antithesis between architecture and nature as shown in the mural concrete blocks, and the way the asphalt and artificial works succumb to natural elements, giving life to a slow but gradual recovering of spaces taken from nature.

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