In 1921, the “First Congress for Sexual Reform” took place, organized by sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, which laid the foundation for the foundation of the “World League for Sexual Reform” in 1928. Almost a hundred years later, Rome receives “Outside In”, a work dedicated to drag queen La Karl Du Pigné – iconic activist of the LGBT movement in Italy.
Opened at the end of last year, Outside In is the first smoke-free mural (neutralizes car pollution) created by Dutch artist JDL (Judith De Leeuw) as a tribute to diversity. Considered the largest eco-friendly mural in Europe, the work covers 250 square meters and is the debut of a series of murals that will be made outdoors with a paint that “consumes” smoke.
The project, born out of a collaboration between Italy, the United States and the Netherlands, is led by Yourban2030, an Italian non-profit organization led by Veronica De Angelis.
When looking at the magnificent image, some may believe that it is a straight couple, however JDL clarifies: “The mural depicts a woman who looks in the mirror and sees a man in her reflection. I was honored to be involved in reflecting on work dedicated to gender identity in Rome. My goal was to translate and ‘explode’ that emotion using the mural – the struggle to accept who you are ”, says the artist.
To Frank Ferrante, co-founder of Yourban2030, “Outside In” is a mission born in Stonewall that continues along with that of protecting the environment, being a work of art aimed at raising awareness, feeding the hope and pride of everyone.
The Outside In mural is on display in the San Paolo neighborhood in Rome, and the filmmakers plan to take the project’s proposal to other countries, including Brazil.
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