In Genoa, Greg Jager paints an anamorphic mural on a school, to find a new point of view.
Greg Jager has painted an anamorphosis mural in Certosa, Genoa. Certosa is the district of Genoa which has been most affected by the collapse of the Morandi bridge in 2018. This unimaginable tragedy saw 43 people lose their lives. The tragedy has also seen close to 600 people displaced from their homes.
Greg created “Decostruzione/Ricostruzione” upon the architecture of the Caffaro secondary school for the “On the Wall Festival”. On the wall is a project curated by Linkinart. The festival saw Greg joined by other artists including Ozmo, Agostino Iacurci, Zedz and Geometric Bang.
The idea behind the mural was moved by necessity to go beyond the act of “beautifying” the district. Greg’s aim was to provoke the students and the residents, pushing them to find a new point of view to “reconstruct” the social relations of a stricken community.
“My provocation is to invite the viewer to look for a side view to face problems not only from a single frontal direction, but also by looking for lateral solutions and change things from below. This message is aimed at young ones. We cannot allow the superficiality typical of the Italian people to permeate the classes of the future. That’s why I chose to work right on a school”
“Decostruzione/Ricostruzione” was designed to be seen both from street level and from the school’s balconies. The design allows students the opportunity to walk through the mural and become part of it. The local residents assisted with the creation of the this 600 square meter mural by joining an anamorphic design worksop during the week long project.
“I found this complex architecture, a challenging structure to paint on, but I wasn’t sure of the result. So I changed design many times, and i had long brainstormings with the curators. At the end we said:”Ok, is a huge crazy project, we don’t know how the result will be, but we don’t care. Let’s do that!”.
Visual artist (1982) with graffiti writing background. He relates abstract graphics to architectural contexts, with the aim of displacing the viewers by immersing them in an abstract dimension. The dialogue between graphic sign and architecture represents a constant theme of research and experimentation for the artist.
During the course of 2018 he participated in several international festivals, including Athens Street Art Festival (Athens) and carried out site-specific installations such as Metamuseo at the Macro – Contemporary Art Museum of Rome, up to being noticed by a great fashion brand like Fendi , for which he made a large-scale artwork. During the 2019 he produced large scale artworks in Turin, Barcelona, Milan and Genoa. In the meantime he produced the exhibition “The Architectura Eloquentia” at the Contemporary Cluster Gallery (Rome) and joined District 13 Art Fair (Paris) with GCA Gallery (Paris, Nice).
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