Famed street artist Salvatore Bauza has been in the news recently for his controversial anti-fascist graffiti.
In 2015, he was arrested in Milan and charged with “inciting hatred”.
The muralists and activists he attacked were acquitted of all charges.
Now Bauzas latest artwork, the mural of a black-clad man standing on a rooftop with a white triangle on top of it, has been unveiled on the streets of Milan.
This year he has been awarded the Milan-based Grazia da Comunista (Street Art Award) by the European Commission, which recognises street art which is “creative, provocative, subversive, or expressive of political and social values”.
It is the third time the award has been given to Salvator.
Bauzar’s new mural, painted in the early 1960s, depicts a black man with a red triangle and a white cross on top.
“The black-and-white triangle is a sign of solidarity with black-on-black crime in the city,” he explained.
The white triangle stands for the number one problem of black youth in the Italian city: the murder of African-American teenagers.
“It symbolises the solidarity of a city that has a black and white conflict.
This is not a joke,” he said.
The mural depicts the police officer and a black boy.
“In Italy, the police have been called the enemy of the people.
They’re the enemy.
They kill, they kill.”
The police officers are depicted with their guns raised and their bodies covered with blood.
The police officer has his arms raised in the air.
The boy has a bloody mouth.
He is covered with bruises and burns.
The scene is a reference to the killing of the black boy by the police in the street in the 1960s.
“There’s a scene where a police officer tells the boy that the boy is the enemy and that the police are not for him,” Salvators artistic director and graffiti artist Paolo de Luca said.
“This is a metaphor for what the police do in everyday life.”
Bauzeri explained his inspiration to paint the mural in response to the violence that black youth are exposed to on a daily basis.
“When I look at the way black people are killed by the state, this is a constant problem,” he told the news site.
“We are constantly confronted with racism, with racist graffiti and by the way we are treated.
I am thinking about all these things and when I look around the world, it is the same. “
I have been thinking about this for several years.
I am thinking about all these things and when I look around the world, it is the same.
The violence is the result of these things.
I want to do something to change that.”
Bauszas work is a collaboration between the artist and street artists.
“His mural is inspired by the people in the area and the way they live,” said Stefano Pagnotta, the executive director of the European Street Art Association.
“He has also shown us the possibilities of the modern art. “
It’s not just for the street artists, but for people of all ages.” “
He has also shown us the possibilities of the modern art.
It’s not just for the street artists, but for people of all ages.”
The mural was commissioned by the Graziia da Cappello (Grazia Da Comunistas) association, a group of street artists and activists in the Milan area.
“Graziias street art is a form of activism and it works because it’s a dialogue between street art and the street, it’s about solidarity, it challenges the status quo,” Pagnota said.
Pagnitta said the Gacte del Communesi (Communes in the City) has been involved in the mural project.
“These artists have taken a different way of thinking.
We’ve never really been in this situation where we have to confront this sort of thing.
We’re in a place where we can do it, where we know that this is possible and that we can be active.”
In Italy, there are currently about 10,000 street artists working on the art world.
“For this, I am proud to be part of this group,” Salvato said.
Salvato’s work is currently being exhibited in Milan’s Grazie del Commune, the city’s oldest and most famous street art gallery.