We usually hear of councils or higher authorities removing murals from buildings, but never did we ever expect art work to be destroyed by the creator them self. Activist and artist, or as we like to say artivist, Blu proved that creativity can be both a tool for creation and also destruction. Alongside the activist groups XM24 and Crash Laboratory, Blu destroyed 20 years’ worth of murals in Bologna, Italy.
“There’s no more Blu in Bologna, and there won’t be any…”
Bologna is home to many of Blu’s street art which has gained recognition for challenging political injustice. There’s no exceptions in this instance, Blu has masked his work with grey paint to protest an upcoming exhibition, Street Art: Banksy & Co (at the Palazzo Pepoli -Museum of the History of Bologna). The exhibit features over 200 works of street art, including a few by Blu – all of which have been salvaged from city walls and buildings.
It’s outrageous! At first we were quite confused as to what could possibly drive an artist to do such a thing. Is Blu’s destruction justified? Well according to Wu Ming (artist collective) said, “Bologna is a city which on the one hand criminalises graffiti, puts 16-year old writer on trial, praises ‘urban decorum’, and on the other celebrates herself as the cradle of street art.” It’s clear to see the hypocrisy behind the Bologna’s authority sudden support, but that does that justify the extraction of an artist work. After all theft is theft, right?
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