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Multi-Cultural Wall

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 | 2 comments

This shot could only happen on a wall outside the Piazza Vittorio market. Looking at is it like scraping down the layers of culture that do exist here – even if they’re hidden. Of course I don’t mean the culture that everyone sees in the incredible museums here, that culture is obvious! But one look at the different languages of the signage on this wall will tell you that there is diversity, even if it’s just a glimmer, peaking out from under the sea of homogeneity which you can often find here. And under that – graffiti! I’ll post more next week, but there are some really incredible street art events happening here in Rome and I’m very excited to say that I’ve been asked to “officially” photograph them. I think maybe one of my attractions to street art and the street artists here in Rome is that even though they’re all Italian, by nature of what they’re doing, they’re not like everyone else. A bit on the outside, coloring outside the lines, if you will. They tend to be more liberal (shocking I know!) and interested in all sort of different arts, cultures, etc. Anyway, now I’m just rambling so I think I’ll stop, but more news to follow about those events next week. All of them are open to the public (and legal!), so if you are in Rome you can come and enjoy as well.

2 Comments

  1. I love how you're able to see past just a drab, poster-covered wall, and see the way that it actually illustrates a story of the people and society in Rome.
    Too often I'm just too busy to really open my eyes and take in my surroundings and try to understand the culture that is around me in Beijing.

    Also; congrats that you'll be the official photog for the event! Mad props, and I know the same excitement (and bragging rights; heh) to be 'official', and not just a side photographer, trying not to get in the way of other staffers =)

  2. Ciao Duncan – Thanks so much for the compliment about the photo and about the events! I'm very happy about them and can't wait to share the pics with you guys.

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