Progetto SanBa

Progetto SanBa
Progetto SanBa
Urban art in the district of San Basilio
Progetto SanBa
Progetto SanBa

"SANBA is what happens when art meets a neighborhood, works with its inhabitants, enters schools, paints its walls and uses art as an instrument for meeting and growth".
Simone Pallotta, Walls curator

Give voice to an idea or a message. Change the face of the district by painting the buildings. Outskirts and urban areas in marginal conditions that acquire greater centrality. Thanks to its strong communicative and artistic imprint, street art has become over the years a powerful instrument of urban regeneration, of the suburbs and of all those places apparently forgotten and abandoned to their own destiny. The result of an underground culture and trait d'union between the artist and the city, urban art becomes a strong communication tool that gives back to their apparently peripheral and marginal places their dignity, reviving and telling their stories.

It is with this aim that public art invades San Basilio, a suburb of the north-eastern outskirts of Rome: through the SanBa project, some of the Ater's houses have been decorated with wall works made directly on the walls, making available to everyone an artistic heritage permanent, of great importance and of free use. A project born to transmit the pulsations of a living culture and in continuous search for spaces where to expose oneself.

Through SanBa, Simone Pallotta of the indefatigable association Walls, artistic curator of the project, has hired some artists, from the Italian Agostino Iacurci to the Spanish Liqen up to Hitnes to realize huge and visionary works along faded facades that have returned another face and a another story at a forgotten corner of the suburbs. The peculiarity of SanBa lies in the fact that the inhabitants of the lots have been involved in the choice of the subjects of the artists' works through meetings, condominium meetings and speech of approach and awareness of contemporary art. From the relationship with the citizens, with their ideas, with their needs are born colorful and visionary walls, works that look like windows wide open on the world, almost a sort of urban museum en plein air.


Passing through the green area between via Arcevia and via Treia, it is impossible not to stop in front of the five murals of Hitnes, painted on an anonymous little square: capturing the dreams of the residents, the Roman artist managed to make fragments of a wood. "A duck is a customary animal, but if I let it meet with a cat and a squid feed an illusion, I provoke surreal thoughts.Turn the corner and you are in an enchanted forest.I am like you fell in this square and in a month of I have made friends and become acquainted with people, I have not designed monsters, wolves and eagles because the neighborhood does not need them, here these creatures are banished ". Thus the artist, born in '82, described the work that made him the protagonist of the work of revitalization of San Basilio.


Born in 1986, the artist from Foggia Agostino Iacurci chooses to pay homage to San Basilio with one of his masterpieces characterized by a strong illustrative component and perfectly able to adapt to any context. The Blind Wall was born on the blind facade of a building on which Agostino represents the district with a man seated on a chair who cares for his space, his garden and his streets with dedication. In The Globe instead, the characters of Iacurci give way to a hand that holds a glass sphere with tree houses inside as if to suggest a greater care and dedication of the space in which we live. An unmistakable style, his, in which the works tell the contradictions of human existence with irony and intelligence, through a synthetic style and bright colors.


El Renacer is the title of the work that the Spanish artist Liqen has given to his contribution to the Roman project: a rebirth through the element of the rake that represents a weapon against a land dominated by industrial warehouses but also by statues, busts and columns belonging to more remote epochs, in a process of rebirth that goes straight to the heart of San Basilio and to all the neighborhoods of the metropolitan suburbs.