SanBa is a project of contemporary public art and a documentary film specially designed for San Basilio, a working class district located in the north-east outskirts of Rome. Sanba describes a methodology through which exploring the interconnection between contemporary art and a complex social issues, which is therefore a repeatable, transformable and adaptable project, able to fit in every urban context.
The attempt to interact with a suburban territory and its inhabitants by artistic means is expressed through a twofold action: workshops of contemporary and applied arts with primary, secondary and high school students and interventions on the facades of the district. The workshops – silk-screen painting, expanded muralism and urban design – aim at both producing art objects to be inserted in decaying spaces of the neighbourhood and to render the students active actors in the communication and promotion of the project and ultimately in spreading a renewed conception of public space.
The murals on the blind facades are painted by internationally known artists, such as Liqen and Agostino Iacurci. These works can be said to represent a first distinctive, tangible sign of the transformation and the engagement of a whole neighborhood in a collective project of urban transformation through art.
SanBa is understood as an ongoing project; it will therefore continue to operate in an attempt to transform San Basilio into a new urban centrality and to create a brand new pole of contemporary culture and art production and promotion. WALLS works move from the statement that an urban requalification through participatory arts and culture can trigger virtuous processes of re -appropriation of the public spaces and of the local identities.