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Guerrilla Spam Creates “Usable Monument” to Teach About Seizing Land

Guerrilla Spam Creates “Usable Monument” to Teach About Seizing Land

The structure is not intended to be just admired, but it invites people to come in, walk, sit and play on it.

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)

The Turin-based illustrator Guerrilla Spam began in Firenz in 2010 and has since travelled to do large scale murals and posters and installations across Italy and into places like Bruxelles, Bristol and Berlin. They like to refer to their work as “a spontaneous, unauthorized form of resistance and protest in urban spaces” – which reminds you of the rebellious ethos of graffiti writers blended with the consciousness of designers and activists eager to evolve society forward. In this case, topics range from education, the penal system, and immigration, among others.

For this “usable monument” in Santa Croce di Magliano, Guerilla Spam is aiming to share people’s  history, specifically the uprising of those here who fought to claim their land in 1955.

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrottta)

“The day laborers of Santa Croce di Magliano,” says Guerilla Spam, “supported by the women (who lined up in front of the police), by trade unionists and communist leaders, succeeded in obtaining the reallocation of the land. The memory of this event is imprinted in the writings, drawings, and colors of the monument (the colors remind of the ones of the countryside).”

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)

Bright and optically entertaining, the game is welcoming and accessible, bringing with it the possibility of edification through education. Unusual for unsanctioned public art, normal for those who seize public space for free speech. “Even a passer-by can undertake this path,” says Guerilla Spam, “which looks like a game, but is actually a march towards the awareness of man’s rights”

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
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Guerilla Spam and 108 Paint 2 Versions of the “Quarantana”

Guerilla Spam and 108 Paint 2 Versions of the “Quarantana”

The Turin-based illustrator Guerrilla Spam has interpreted the “Quarantana” as a stylized toy extended from the arm of an elegant, almost Egyptian figure in a tall fez. Alessandria-born Street Artist 108 depicts the traditional doll as a unique abstraction merged within a form, not specifically figurative, rather primitive perhaps.

Guerrilla Spam x 108. Premio Antonio Giordano Festival. Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. July 2019. (photo courtesy of the festival)

Both are interpreting a pagan/Christian traditional ritual next to each other here in Santa Croce di Magliano.

Guerrilla Spam x 108. Premio Antonio Giordano Festival. Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. July 2019. (photo courtesy of the festival)

“ ‘Quarantana‘ is a doll made of fabric and straw, having the appearance of an old woman; the doll, usually hanged to a rope between the balconies or in front of the windows, stands on a potato with seven feathers attached,” say organizers at the Antonio Giordano Street Art festival. “The ritual, fusing Christian and pagan cultures, expresses the importance of living a life of sobriety and peace.”

An unusual topic to depict and oddly paired artists to create it – you are here able to better appreciate the multiplicity of styles at work on the street today. CLICK HERE to see a number of variations on the Quarantana doll as it is used throughout Santa Croce di Magliano, Southern Italy and the Balkan Region.

Guerrilla Spam x 108. Premio Antonio Giordano Festival. Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. July 2019. (photo courtesy of the festival)
Guerrilla Spam x 108. Premio Antonio Giordano Festival. Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. July 2019. (photo courtesy of the festival)
Guerrilla Spam x 108. Premio Antonio Giordano Festival. Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. July 2019. (photo courtesy of the festival)
Guerrilla Spam x 108. Premio Antonio Giordano Festival. Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. July 2019. (photo courtesy of the festival)
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