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Flashback is Opera Viva
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard
2015 /2023

A project by Alessandro Bulgini

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard, is an urban art project which adds meaning to the concept of public art because of the use of the pre-existing in conceiving the work of art. In this specific case a municipal space for public billboards ( cimasa 50530) of 6x3m in Turin in Piazza Bottesini (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic Turin district) is performed by national and international artists throughout the year.

In 2013 began Flashback is Opera Viva (Flashback is a living artwork) by the artist Alessandro Bulgini in the belief that art is immortal and therefore artworks are always alive; however, the Opera Viva is also the submerged part of the hull and therefore represents the submerged, all that is invisible, all the peripheries, mental and physical. This is how the project created to connect the inside and the outside, the submerged and the emerged, the visible and the invisible, the center and the suburbs, in 2015 turns into an urban art project: Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard.

The project develops around a precise idea of ​​the relationship between art and public space, and of the function of an artwork within a context and an urban community. Through this operation that lasts all year, Flashback connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (the ancient, the modern, the contemporary in its making): in the belief that art must come out of institutional spaces, go down the street, go into reality, move constantly in it, integrate into the dimension of daily existence.

On the occasion of the art fair, the images of the posters, together with all the fragments of life collected, are brought together in a single exhibition for this window open to the world and for the world.
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The theme for the 2024 edition is Camouflage. The term refers to any method used to make military forces less detectable to enemy forces. Artists are invited to interpret the subject in light of the current cultural climate, where many are hesitant to express themselves on international issues. Therefore, the manifesto provides a space to declare the unspoken. The poster expresses a disguised personal belief and invites artists to create a work that contradicts what they really want to say. 
The poster encourages artists to reflect about self-censorship. The aim of the project is to produce authentic works that reflect the artists’ perspectives. 
Past editions artists:
Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, Natura Morta
Sergio Cascavilla, L'arte povera E' INGombraNTE OBsoleTA
Luigi Gariglio, Cinghie
Pierluigi Pusole, Amico (2018)
Alessandro Bulgini, Produzione Cosmetici
Hugleikur Daggson, What just happened?

Snorri Asmundsson, Smartphone Sovereignty
Libia Castro & Olafur Olaffson, Your country doesn't exist (2003 - ongoing)
Elsa Yeoman, Be My Guest
Shoplifter (Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir), Fuzzy Smile

Frosti Gnarr, Hide or seek
Jòn Gnarr, Last Supper (2003)

Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, senzazioni
Erika Nevia Cervo, Utile (2020)
Mariapaola Infuso, *** topia
Lucrezia Testa Iannilli, Gates
Federica Peyrolo, Almanacco
Federica Belli, Imagination is an act of rebelllion
Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva - Servomuto (d'apres Fabio Mauri)
Tatiana Villani, EstrusioneIlaria Abbiento, Mediterraneo 2017 (2017)

Maïmouna Guerresi, Rubber Tire, First Lesson (2014)
Iginio De Luca, Altro giro, altra corsa
Serena Fineschi, Viva questo mondo di merda
Noura Tafeche, il trionfo di Bacco e Arianna (2018)
Luigi Presicce, Arlecchini in Paradiso
Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva - 13 vertical. Che?
Giammarco Cugusi, Paga la mossa. Di un'integrazione precaria
Luisa Turuani, Ma non è questo il giorno

Rebecca Moccia, Fuoco in tasca
Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, Unknown
Nero / Alessandro Neretti, All the Things that We Need
Laura Cionci, Chiarazione
Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva - Guardiani. Sculture solari per naufrago

Lucia Veronesi, The safe zone
Saccardi workshop, Dioniso in città
Irene Pittatore, Wire Connection
Virginia Zanetti, The pillars of the earth
Francesca Sandroni, -10° minuto
Alessandro Bulgini, Opera viva - Accesso libero al mare

Raffaele Fiorella, Operette morali
Calixto Ramirez, Tana libera tutti!
Cristiano De Gaetano, Ice Age
Fabrizio Bellomo, Saluti da Cerignola
Roxy in the Box, Martiri
Alessandro Bulgini, Porta Fortuna

Zanbagh Lotfi, Memory Vague 1361
Andrea Mastrovito, Il Secolo Bravo
Saul Melman, Stretched and Still Lies in the Midnight
Aryan Ozmaei, Unusu-Ambo: Sabalan 2
Gian Maria Tosatti, Histoire et Destin - New Men's Land (Star, 2016)
Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva - Corso Giulio

Alessandro Bulgini, Antica è tua sorella

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