URBAN VISION FESTIVAL
The façade of the building is entirely painted. The portrait of an elderly man, with a mischievous expression, is the subject of the mural in Piazza Santa Maria Maddalena. And not just that. Three women, as beautiful as divas of the silent movies, red roses in their hair, wink from another wall.
We are in Acquapendente, a town in the Tuscia area that counts about five thousand inhabitants. It is here, in the “most northern municipality of Lazio” that the Urban Vision Festival has been held since 2015. A crossing point on the old Via Francigena, Acquapendente has the vocation to look outwards, to want to be an urban space beyond the “village” dimension, a border area with rural spaces and woodland, inscribed into its own morphology.
«Urban for us is mainly the context where visions materialise, the collective, social space, the recovery of a common vision» says Angelo Vita from the Dark Camera association, which founded and has managed the Teatro Furio Camillo since 1980. The operational and artistic locations of the association has been in Tuscania for about twenty years, working in cultural and artistic environments that go from performing to visual arts.
In recent years Dark Camera has become a youth association with several branches around the province of Viterbo.
It is the Acquapendente branch that, encouraged by Riccardo Crisanti and Daniele Antonaroli and thanks to support from the local council, created the festival, aiming to combine tourism and culture with the possibility of innovation and economic development.
A project that literally brings art to the streets, not just thanks to the creation of murals for the public eye and installations such as the one in the Chiostro di San Francesco, but also thanks to daily interactions that are created between artists and inhabitants, also overcoming language and generational barriers.
The story has been written by Chiara Sfregola, writer.
Dark Camera created an international visual arts festival held in Acquapendente, in the heart of the Tuscia area.