The mural painted by Bolo (aka Alessio Bolognesi) for the Assafà project – A social street art festival affair was inaugurated on 23 July by the Social Orsa Maggiore Cooperative and the Municipality of Naples.
The project, promoted by the Department of Welfare of the Municipality of Naples and with the organizational support of Inward, involved 26 cooperatives and associations operating in the educational field. Each institution has worked with the boys and girls of the educational community in order to write 26 stories, each based on a keyword linked to childhood rights, which will then be represented on walls by 26 street artists.
Bolo collaborated with the children an of the educational Orsa Maggiore who, coordinated by the team of educators, wrote a story focused on the theme of “Community” entitled: “The adventures of the animals of Incantia”.
<< It was complex >> – says Alessio who painted the mural in 5 days of work – << trying to summarize in a single image the magnificent story written by those guys. Even more because it is a subject that touches me closely. We talk about Community and Inclusion, two very important and complementary words: the community is not a closed concept – I believe that a community that closes in on itself is destined to disappear – but something that must be fed through new experiences, new people, new ideas that, from whichever part or reality they come from, must find an outstretched hand as a sign of welcome, of inclusion, of desire to “do together”. Only in this way, history teaches, cultures are contaminated and enriched. And children are the best example of this because they are still free from the prejudices that increasingly grip us in adulthood. >>
The mural tries to represent this: animals of different species that realize that only by working together it is possible to overcome every difficulty. And they do so also by welcoming those who were previously feared and then becoming an integral part of the community.