“Pennelli Ribelli” – Marzabotto, Bologna- Italy

Urban art festival Pennelli Ribelli (literally translated: Rebel Brushes) giving the town of Marzabotto a series of murals. At the center of the story is the resistance by everyday Italians of various ages, genders, and social classes, a movement known as the Italian resistance and the Italian Partisans, or Partigiani. The icon of the festival is a wolf in honor of the Partisan who led the group, Mario Musolesi, whose nickname was “Lupo”, or “Wolf”.

The intent of the project was the redevelopment of abandoned factories, already protagonists of the industrial past of the valley, and the launch of a new visual language dedicated to the memory and to the symbolism of Marzabotto’s history. Although the organizers did not establish a main theme for the event, it has come up spontaneously: resistance & freedom. The artists decided to leave a trace in memory of that terrible massacre and to give a sign towards freedom of expression and action.

Collettivo Fx has created a strong visual impact mural that speaks for itself; the title is precise To the fallen of the Cartiera di Marzabotto and it is a tribute to all those who lost their lives during the armed attack.


Guerrilla Spam, artistic collective among very active in the Italian scene, has depicted a Historical Excursus 1919-1938-2018, with references and parallels between past and present, connected to the theme of racial law, discrimination and civil massacres, heavy arguments unfortunately still very current in the contemporary society.


Kiki Skipi, a young and talented illustrator, wanted to pay tribute to the women who, during those years, fought to protect the partisans by resisting the enemy army with a work entitled The time of Partisan wolves.


Finally, on one of the biggest façades of a former paper factory, we find a 3-hands work with a significant meaning. Starting from Erica il Cane ‘s Il tasso partigiano, we enter  into Staffetta represented by a tadem-bycicle ridden by the well-known characters always present in Nemo’s and Andrea Casciu works. In the composition we find, as first character, Ericailcane’s badger that destroys the traps and clears the way to the tandem, inspired by the figure of the relay, or those who brought news during the war.




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