Regeneration - Calle Libre Festival 2022

Using Street Art as a tool to draw attention to environmental issues and the need for regeneration is a great way to engage people and start conversations about sustainability.

Nordwestbahnhof (2022-08)Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

The Location - Nordwestbahnhof

On the site of Vienna's freight station Nordwestbahnhof, a new district will be created from 2024. 

Nordwestbahnhof (2022-08)Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Nordwestbahnhof Vienna

Instead of polluting the environment with freight traffic, a hub for living and working, as well as culture, education, but also recreation and open space will be created here.

In a row (2022-08) by Axel SchindlerCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

400 meters of length & 2000 square meters of wallspace

In the course of the festival, the longest contiguous wall surface in Vienna was painted by artists from over 15 nations.

Silent Transformation (2022-08) by Sisa SoldatiCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Power to the people (2022-08) by Gert ResingerCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Rhizome (2022-08) by MotsCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Regeneration

We wanted to understand how art can have the power to highlight both the fragility and beauty of nature, our communities and the individuals that co-create those communities.

Trash Animals, Bordalo II, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Artur Bordalo creates sculptures and wall reliefs of animals using plastic waste. At the festival, he created a large squirrel made of trash, a tribute to one of his famous murals.

Colors, Julia Benz, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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A deep trust in the painterly process is an essential part of her work. Julia Benz works without strict presetting or composition. 

It's going to fall, Duo Amazonas, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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The girls from Duo Amazonas use murals of human figures engaged in everyday activities to inspire community engagement and honor cultural heritage. 

The Future, Senkoe, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Senkoe combines prehispanic aesthetics, textiles, and handcrafted references with pop culture, graphic design, and illustration in his work. 

Strawtent, Anny Wass, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Anny Wass's work multifaceted practice includes object and painting, design, and photography, all characterized by material exploration and attention to detail. Central to her work is a series of photographic self-portrayals where she uses herself or objects as pictorial material and navigates between the roles of object and photographer.

Silent Transformation, Sisa Soldati, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Sisa Soldati's large-scale paintings explore our relationship with nature and its immensity, revealing the depth of nocturnal plant spaces. Her artistic research seeks to help us recognize ourselves in relation to something bigger than ourselves.

Tec Fase drew inspiration from the popular practice of kite flying in the peripheral neighborhoods of São Paulo, where he worked. He subsequently began to recreate various kite designs on the city's streets, adorning the hills on the outskirts. His artistic vision was to fuse this local cultural element with the possibilities of Vienna, resulting in a compelling blend of interpretations.

Ignasi, Pep, Anna, Clara, Julia, Mateu i Berni., Berni Puig, Mateu Targa, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Berni Puig and Mateu Targa's pictorial styles, reductionist abstraction and realistic impressionism, respectively, share an antagonism. 

Untitled, Ruin, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Rhizome, Mots, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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MOTS, a duo of urban artists from Porto, Portugal and Opole, Poland, combines Diogo Ruas' experience in urban art with Jagoda Cierniak's engagement in social grassroots initiatives and art projects. 

In Grandma's Kitchen, Kartel, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Kartel's art blends nostalgia and the present, inspired by everyday life. He merges traditional craftsmanship with digital design to create a unique aesthetic, defying traditional boundaries. His semi-abstract works evoke the past that still shapes our present.

Bright, Boaz Untay, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Boaz Untay, a Tel Aviv street artist, finds inspiration in wild horses to symbolize a return to nature and compassion in future communities. His art ranges from street and studio works to tattoos and curatorial projects.

“As graffiti writers one of the main goals we wished to achieve was the highest levels of impact in our work, to create work which purpose was to catch your eye in the moment while you are passing by, and to stand out from all the surrounding clutter and noise of the environment” - Sobekcis

Metamorphosis, Nasca, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Nasca, from Munich, draws inspiration from American and Japanese comics and his Peruvian heritage. He began with graffiti and later created larger murals. His international painting career began while studying in Asia, which influenced his unique style featuring figurative paintings of people, animals, and fungi.

Garden, Sobekcis, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Twin brothers "Sobekcis" were born in Belgrade in 1991 and studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Their fine art shifted from figurative forms to abstract compositions that incorporate contrasting elements. Their studio work aims to retain their graffiti energy in an indoor setting.

Flora brasilienses, Thiago Mazza, 2022-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Calle Libre is a non-profit association dedicated to bringing street art and various forms of art into urban spaces. We encourage dialogue amongst the public and a variety of artists with the help of art interventions. In this process, we aim to freely express cultural perspectives, personal opinions and artistic approaches.


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