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Posted on Jun 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Occupied spaces have always been an interesting cultural reference point in Italy and for some reason, in this especially difficult time in Rome with elections for mayor and the ever worsening economy, they seem to be fighting even more for their space in the city’s cultural scene. ¬†From the new occupied ex-foundry in San Lorenzo on via Sabelli, Omnia Sunt Communia¬†(painted by Hogre) to the occupied cinemas in Pigneto and near Termini that are a hotbed of street art activity at the moment to Blu’s takeover in Ostiense, these areas show that no matter how bad the political situation, Romans continue to fight for something better.

Ex-Caserma Occupata

Ex-Caserma Occupata

Over the past month Blu has been painting the facade of a now occupied former military barracks in Ostiense.

Ex-Caserma Occupata

Ex-Caserma Occupata

The huge facade has taken Blu weeks to complete. Instead of staging or an electronic lift, he used a system of ropes and rappel and paint. Residents, completely freaked out by this, have called the police to ask him to stop, but he refuses to stop the work.

Ex-Caserma Occupata

Ex-Caserma Occupata

The building, which has been an occupied space since 2003, has 450 people living inside and was recently declared unfit for inhabitants by the city.

Ex-Alexis Occupato

Ex-Alexis Occupato

This winter Blu painted another occupied space on the via Ostiense - Ex-Alexis Occupato.

Ex-Alexis Occupato

Ex-Alexis Occupato

A former ACEA building, Blu used the facade to pay homage to Alexis, a boy killed in Athens four years ago.

Cinema Volturno Occupato

Cinema Volturno Occupato

Painting by Borondo in the entry of the Ex-Cinema Volturno. The paintings in this cinema, as well as the Ex-Cinema Preneste, are being organized by the a.DNA Collective for a series called Urban Area.

Cinema Volturno Occupato

Cinema Volturno Occupato

Mr. Klevra and Omino71 working with a finished Diamond in the background.

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Old remnants of the working movie theater.

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Piece by UNO.

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Numerous artists, including #, on the walls of Ex-Cinema Presente.

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Cinema Preneste Occupato

In the entry of the cinema, each small room is taken by a different artist to make their own unique space. This particular space is by Millo.

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Detail of facade with work by Diamond and Uffa

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Cinema Preneste Occupato

Hopnn on the facade of Cinema Preneste Occupato.

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