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THE LAST ROOM

China, South Africa, Guatemala and Italy, the small room closing the itinerary documents, with images and a brief video created from an online channel of Al Jazeera, the story of the ArtsLords. This group, directed by Kabir Mokamel, has invaded the city of Kabul, In Afghanistan, with graffiti placed on the city walls, erected as a defence against frequent suicide attacks. And not only there. Kilometres of abandoned walls, rubble and gutted buildings are at the disposition of art, to protest against corruption and to develop a cultural resistance on the lines of the Banksy murals, in a land continually oppressed by the Taleban. The work with which the group won the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award is a mural with great eyes that watch and interrogate us. They are flanked by a phrase that is a possible conclusion to this exhibition: “I have seen your corruption which is not hidden from the eyes of God, though you seek to hide it from the people”.

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Posted on: 15 November 2021, by : Alessandro Ulleri