Flash mob “Scuola di Roma”: public demonstration in Rome
I was in Rome recently and witnessed a very interesting demonstration by Atelier Montez of Rome. I thought that our readers would be interested to know more about this intriguing project.
The event I saw was a flash mob organized by the Atelier Montez Rome team, which gathered a crowd of passers-by in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. More than 20 artists participated in the public demonstration about issues such as the degradation of the environment, both physical and social. The artist Montez coordinated the debate by organizing the demonstration on the steps of the Basilica in a tableau vivant, the “Scuola di Roma” ("School of Rome"). Montez made reference to the compositional structure of a famous fresco by Raphael Sanzio to evoke that order that now seems inexorably lost.. “Arriveremo a fare ciò che è Giusto attraverso il Bello” ( we will arrive at what’s right by means of what’s beautiful) in the words of Montez.
A little background on Atelier Montez:
Atelier Montez of Rome is a “factory”, an organization which is engaged in the production, exposure and curation of contemporary art in Rome. They are active in the development of the area, the redevelopment of disused structures that can accommodate art in all its forms at the national and international level, and promotion of emerging talent through the organization of events and highly visible working sessions.
The Italian branch was officially opened in June, 2012 by Giorgio Capogrossi on the outskirts of historic Rome at Pietralata 147 / A in a disused former garage that had been destroyed by a fire. The urban wreckage was reclaimed through funding provided by Atelier Montez and the space was transformed into a productive and receptive space, a “factory” for contemporary art.
Enjoy your day with a taste of Italian dolce vita, Matteo Silvestri
(Materials provided by Atelier Montez were translated to English by Lina de la Torre)