Orgosolo is famous for its murales. These political paintings can be found on walls all over town. Since about 1969, the murales reflect different aspects of Sardinia’s political struggles, but also deal with international issues. Discover this committed street art in 30 pictures.
From social oppression to the new economy
Orgosolo’s mural tradition started around the late 1960’s or early 1970’s when student protest was beginning to question decades of social oppression and injustice. Then, as Italy’s “Economic Miracle” was unfolding in the ’80s, the painting turned to scenes of everyday Sardinian village life, a life that was vanishing with the changes brought about by the reforms and the new economy. The evolution of the murals was repeating the rhythm of nature–destruction of the past and rebuilding anew–but with an eye toward the old values and traditions. (GoEurope.about.com)
The kidnapping of Farouk Kassam
Truth or legend, there is a whole oral tradition of tales around Orgosolo‘s past, although this history of violence, lawlessness and complicity is widely shared among other villages in the same territory of Nuoro‘s province, such as Mamoiada and Lula, hometown of Matteo Boe, former bandit who kidnapped seven-year-old Farouk Kassam, son of businessman Fateh Kassam, and for which crime he’s still serving twenty years of prison. (ChasingtheUnexpected.com)
Village of the murderers
Vittorio de Seta’s movie Banditi a Orgosolo* (1961) focuses on the past way of life in central Sardinia and on the phenomenon of banditry in the region. At one time Orgosolo was known as the “village of the murderers” due to its high crime rate. The inhabitants claimed to belong to the aboriginal Sardinian race, while other Sardinians speculated that they were descended from Gypsies or from a Roman penal colony. Bandits of the surrounding mountains used the church door to post notices of death sentence passed on their enemies. (Wikipedia)
Watch the full movie on Youtube. Scroll down for my photographs.
On the left: To global awakening and renaissance against poverty and injustice.
On the right: Mural showing the shepherds of Pratobello at work.
Political mural depicting Gramsci, Lenin, Engels and Marx.
Murale in memory of Carlo Giuliani, activist killed by the police during a protest against the G8 held in Genoa in 2001.
On the left: Painting against dictator Benito Mussolini and in memory of all partisans who fought against Fascism in Italy.
Mural showing women protesting for rights.
Graffiti devoted to women’s rights and their emancipation and equality both in the private and in the working environments.
Painting against poverty and the hypocrisy of all the “plans” meant to fight it just by charity and without providing poor countries with the means to develop by themselves.
On the right: Graffiti devoted to Claudio Varalli, student killed by a member of a far-right party, and Giannino Zibecchi, killed by the “Carabinieri” (the army’s police) during a march in memory of Claudio Varalli.
Botero-style painting devoted to women, mothers and workers.
On the left: In memory of Salvador Allende, Chilean President overthrown by a coup carried out by Pinochet, one of the bloodiest dictators of modern history.
Mural in remembrance of 9/11 in New York.