Palermo, Italy, 2012
The image in this mural is inspired by a photogram from Robert Young’s documentary “Cortile Cascino”, 1961. It is a scene where some kids run to the end of the street to see the train pass. Cortile Cascino was the name of a slum in the former outsides of Palermo (Sicily) that no longer exists. The title is the name of a slum of Palermo (Sicily) that no longer exists.
I decided to dedicate this wall to the children. I find a strong link between Sicily and Andalusia. This city reminds me of growing up in Cadiz, Sevilla and Granada and the style of life that kids have there. With time this has been changing in the south of Spain where most big cites have been completely reformed in a more tourist oriented fashion therefore the lifestyle has somewhat changed. But in Palermo this seems to remain.
The wall is painted in Zeta Lab, an Occupied Social Center that has been working with political refugees, immigrants and kids for 11 years. It is situated in the neighborhood of Malaspina close to a Juveniles Prison.