Madonna mia proteggimi


Outdoor Project

Outdoor Project
Rome, Italy

The delicate aesthetic research of the South African artist Faith47 completely takes over the long corridor, as if it has always been there, and suddenly emerges from it. As if to protect time going by, changes, the location and all the artworks found in the Dogana, this hieratic figure of a woman dominates the forces of the sea and marine monsters wrapped around each other; mythological creatures which seem to run away under her impressive weight. Magestic, she is laying on a turbulent waive that is about to sweep a large boat transporting not only goods, but also people that are running away. A long red string that takes us on a journey to South Africa, which is also evoked by the writings on the lateral walls; messages casually left there and found again by the artist under bridges in the outskirts of Cape Town. Between mythology and real life stories, Madonna mia proteggimi conducts the spectator along the corridor of the the Dogana with no fears. Capable of uniting inspiring sources far removed from each other – like the heterogeneous Roman aesthetic with the Latin inscription, to the Michelangelo-like concreteness of this contemporary Mother Nature, and all the way to real-life stories that may be distant to us – Faith47 has rendered us a unique work that carries with it poetic beauty.


  • Title: Madonna mia proteggimi
  • Creator: Faith XLVII
  • Creator Nationality: south african
  • Creator Gender: female
  • Creator Birth Place: South Africa
  • Date: 2014
  • Location Created: Ex Dogana di San Lorenzo
  • Productions: Outdoor - Moving Forward
  • Photographer's name: Matteo Armellini
  • Bio: Faith XLVII is an internationally acclaimed street-and studio-based artist currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.Following an active street art career spanning more than fifteen years, her work can now be found in major cities around the world. Using a wide range of media, including graphite, spray paint, oil paint, ink, photography and collage, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate – from found and rescued objects, to time-layered and history-textured city walls and their accretions, to studio prepared canvas and wood.Through her work, Faith XLVII attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.
  • Type: mural painting
  • External Link: https://out-door.it/faith47-madonna-mia-proteggimi/

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