The path that we propose follows the traces of the Forgotten project, realized from 2015 by the Culture Council of Rome, in collaboration with the Theater of Rome, the Embassy of Portugal in Italy, the House of Architecture of Rome and the Town Hall X.
Forgotten is an urban project that aims to renovate some of the buildings of the city of Rome that in the years have been somehow "forgotten" or are likely to be. Five works of Portuguese urban art were named for the works: AddFuel, Draw, Eime, Bordalo II, ± Maismenos.
Forgotten chose to call Portuguese artists because Portugal was one of the first European countries to accept street art as a new art form, partly to partially change the face of its cities. We discover together the star art works that these artists have given to Rome!
Diogo Machado, in the art of AddFuel, completed the first work of the entire project. In Piazza Navona, near Piazza del Popolo, we find This Connection, which reproduces the symmetrical fantasies of azulejos, the Portuguese majolica. The artist, originally from Cascais, near Lisbon, painted the wall of a building that was part of an area (formerly SIAR) for sale for several years, which, despite several proposals for intervention, has never been recovered. In the set of pieces on the walls, AddFuel creates the idea of the trompe d'oeil, bringing the viewer to believe that there are medieval icons, but when approaching and carefully watching the work, one finds an extraordinary composition contemporary: a pop world, strange and ironic.
The second work is that of Draw, a member of the RUA collective. The chosen location deals with the theme of former factories, making the work in one of the most fascinating industrial archaeologists in the capital: the former Mira-Lanza factory. The structure has a history linked to industrial primates, corporate mergers, reconversions, major cultural poles, suspended projects. Draw dedicates the work to Pier Paolo Pasolini making it in his own way: with a spray can (which uses it as a pencil), gives a sketched portrait of the director and poet, but with surprisingly detailed details.
The third artist called to participate in the project is Bordalo II, famous for its colorful and lively animals, always threatened by urban reality. His work is visible in the San Pietro Station, owned by Italian Railroad Network (FS Group). Forgotten's choice to recover these facilities is based on the desire to tackle the theme of metropolitan surface transport stations to highlight not only historical importance but also future potential as a valid alternative to public road transport.
± MAISMENOS ±
± MAISMENOS ± is a name linked to an artistic project that offers a critical reflection on the social and economic patterns that govern contemporary society. The clever project was born to raise awareness of the community through targeted artistic interventions, with strong visual impact. Behind every Street Artist's work, as simple as it may seem, there is a strong social and economic criticism of modern society. His work, a temporary installation, is a collage of words used as seals at the entrance of the forgotten cinema in the center. The interventions concerned the area of Piazza del Popolo, Trastevere and Porta Portese, involving the Metropolitan, Pasquino and Sala Troisi respectively.
Daniel comes from the town of Caldas da Rainha. For Forgotten he has made a work on the facade of the Guido Reni market, an example of high-potential structure that would be well suited to an advanced functional market model. Here stands out a human face, drawn with the peculiar technique of the stencil used by Eime, in a contrast between the white / black, the pictorial stretch and the expressive power of the faces.