Evyrein Interview about his project «Only god can judge me»
Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Only god can judge me
Location : Palazzo Liviano Padova (Italy)
Year : 2021
1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?
2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?
It was a shock. As soon as I saw the place I imagined that piece coming out of the wall. Obviously, like all the others, the piece was illegal, and I was also aware of the fact that that building was designed by a well-known architect, Gio Ponti, a place that also houses several works of art and frescoes inside. Obviously it is not to be considered a vandalistic act, but for many it was, both for what it represented and for where it was made. I must say that there was a lot of controversy about it.
3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?
What I wanted to communicate with this work has nothing to do with the space in which it is housed. This is a prostitute on Women’s Day. She is carrying a mimosa in her hand (a typical flower that is used to give women on this occasion). The woman is from behind carrying this bouquet, which all the petals fall to the ground simulating a trail of flowers, The petals in question were very petals. In the shirt on the back it has an inscription… Only God can judge me ”. Having said that, I never wanted to reveal the true meaning of this work, also because it is a purely personal story. I let people simply give their interpretation.
4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?
No one participated in this work apart from a couple of my collaborators. And I must say that it was absolutely not accepted, even if it created a great sensation. In fact, not even 24 hours later the work was removed.
5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?
I undoubtedly prefer to make my works without warning and without anyone seeing me.
It happened that I participated in a festival, but I also managed to act in the shadows, as quickly and painlessly as ever.
6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?
I can’t tell you this, you should ask those who appreciated it. 😉
In any case, I am not particularly interested in the technique or execution, but what I really care about is the message, the strongest possible.
7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?
Look, in my opinion none of that. Once you do it and it is in the street, then it is the street that decides what to do with it, it has always been like that. Many of my works have either been removed or vandalized. Of course I don’t like it, but I let the road take its course. I don’t know if I would like them to last forever.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
I never thought that my works added an urban value, quite the contrary. Sometimes I just don’t want to be the neighbor or the wall on which one of my works is housed.
I’ve never done it to enhance urban spaces or bullshit like that, I’ve always done it for myself, to impose a message on people or what I want to say with that work.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
Well, it’s common to encounter some, especially when your jobs aren’t legal.
Although I do not recognize and usually go out late at night I have often had problems, both with people and also with the police or security. Sometimes I ran away, sometimes they caught me and fined me. I like that sense of adrelin, I couldn’t do without it anymore. A legal job doesn’t give you that adrenaline rush like when you do it at night.
10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?
I don’t have any future projects, I don’t even know what I’ll do tomorrow… .;)
Yes, I will never stop with this street art thing and I must say that they are always evolving. I enjoy learning and I want to use other techniques and methods as well. If the idea comes out well, otherwise I can stay for months without doing anything and it would certainly not be a problem. I noticed that the more I think, the less ideas come to me, therefore, I realized that my path is this…. To do what you feel when you feel, without anyone telling you how, when, and what to do. I feel free.
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