HOWLERS CREW Interview – 2-12-2020
«In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic«
1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?
For sure not as an Artist. I think that artists are something rare: we have to make the right distinctions while we are talking about art and stuffs. I think of myself as a creative person, that want to make the difference in my own path knowing and involving people in what I’m doing.
I think I can define my works as urban art and participation’s project.
2- How did you start working on street art?
I’ve started working on street art six years ago. I’ve always been fascinated by people using colors on walls and I’ve always had a strong passion on drawing. Let’s start saying that I have started trying to do something enjoying myself and than it became something more important. I still think that enjoy yourself is one of the most important thing when you do what we do. It’s the reason why I choose not to be alone while I’m painting: from the beginning, I started doing walls with my crew and I think this is one of the best thing that happened to me.
3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?
All the projects that we developed are the results of an intense process of reasoning: we always start from something that happens in our everyday life and than we try to link it with something bigger. We find a lot of the themes that we use in ancient Mythology and also in philosophy. We als work a lot with peoples who lives near the spot that we are painting: we try to understand their needs and there wills to make something that is bound with the territory and his issues.
So, yes: our work tries to modify urban space to sensitize everyone that “meet” ours walls by chance and, perhaps, between them, there is also someone that can really make the difference in the world we are living.
4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?
Street art is something on we can count in the crowded and lonely world that we are living: for me street art means family and friends, a community of people that you can trust, and also the only way in this world in which we can say what we want to, expressing our ideas freely without nobody saying us not to. Is a chance to really change the way in which people see the world: this all thanks to the power of the public space. We have a big responsibility. That’s why I think that we have to talk, meet, get know each other increasing our knowledge, to be sure that what we are doing suits also the way of thinking of peoples that really live urban space, and not only ours thinking.
5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?
I think that the dimension of illegality is one of the think that allows Writing and Street art to stay strong in their own ideas and beliefs. It’s the only way in which money, power, economy cannot get into this discipline and mess everything up.
On the other side, we have worked almost always in legal projects: that’s why I strongly think that legal dimension could be also a good opportunity to really target the urban space modifying is habits and rhythms. It’s an easy way to make your self be understood, but it’s really hard without compromising either: you are always on thin ice.
We can say that both dimensions are important to me. By now, I have never had problems, but we’ll see.
6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?
I don’t know if I can answer this question properly. We have done big projects that took months to be prepared and they usually includes participations tools that involves peoples and also the territory. But there have been also times in which we have prepared walls in one week or two.
The important thing for us is to be sure of what we will do, according to where we will do it.
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