Just a few days ago, gipsy boss Vittorio Casamonica’s funeral was celebrated in big Hollywood style in Rome. The body was carried by black horse-drawn carriage, while helicopters threw flower petals from the sky and the Godfather soundtrack played in the background. The whole thing occured just steps outside San Giovanni Bosco’s church, in the very center of the city, blocking the traffic for hours. Marino, the Mayor of Rome, did not know that this was going on. Nobody gave permission for helicopters to fly in the city center, nor the church to celebrate the mass. Apparently, the perpetrator has no name and this episode is just one more chapter in the Mafia Capitale saga.
The scandal has been targeted by street artist Mauro Pallotta, alias Maupal in his artwork #esodati (Exhodus).
The artist, famous for the ironic Super Pope artwork in 2014, uses street art to describe the Italian socio-political scenario. With this picture, he plays with visual arts and linguistics, linking the Italian proverb a dog chasing its tail with the Capitoline wolf, the symbol of the Roman government. Beside the wolf, he paints twins Romulus and Remus trailing Ryanair-approved trolleys. They are just moving abroad, frustrated by the everlasting passivity of the Italian government to solve problems. By migrating, they will put an end to the future of the Roman dynasty. They are sick of being left behind by their milk-less mother. Like many young professionals, the founders of Rome prefer to work hard abroad rather than creating an Empire at home. With traffic signs to Dublin, London, Berlin and Paris, the picture gives a clear idea of how more and more young professionals prefer relocating abroad because they feel there is no professional opportunities in their own country.
Using the language of metaphors, Maupal expresses how the Capitol government is lost in a viscous circle of hibernation, corruption and ineptitude in keeping their commitments. Fair enough, the artist is still awaiting Ignazio Marino’s promise of more than 1 year ago. At that time, the Mayor of Rome personally and pubblicly felt “sorry” for having smashed away the “Super Pope” artwork 48 hours after Vatican Communication acclaimed it on its Twitter account and he promised to the artist the opportunity to recreate it. Again, time goes on but things do not evolve. Nevertheless, the artist of the “white revolution” still believes in a happy ending and said “we are the only who can change this chasing situation”.
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