Segrate, Milan, Italy


by Marco Pieri, an abandoned customs office in Segrate (Milan)

This building is an abandoned customs began during 60′s and finished 25 years later: by that time the building was useless because of the trade barriers fall, within the european project. The building is still abandoned.

This picture is part of the project “MenAtWindows” by Marco Pieri. MenAtWindows revives and dwells in a forgotten, lifeless urban space, through a collective performance that turns not only into a photographic-click, but in a truly lived artistic experience. The abandoned buildings are temporally filled up with significance, by means of addition and subtraction.
It is an instant work of art: the protagonists of the performance are the men in red; they repopulate the building for a moment, occupying empty and colourless spaces, like a vital lymph that restarts to circulate inside the building. The purpose of the artist is to take possession once again of deserted places, metropolitan realities left without purpose, where art’s goal is to fill and revitalize the emptiness.

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