In a world where many would try to spread love, there’ll always be a few that will be spoiling the moment with spreading hate here and there.
Art for instance, can be a beautiful thing, yet a tool for the hateful; the swastika, the infamous logo of the Nazis is just among the many hate symbols that are visible throughout Europe used by Neo-Nazis, Neo-fascism and such. One man, however, has taken it upon himself to erase this vile form of “art” throughout parts of Verona, Italy and beyond.
For more than a decade now, Italian street artist, – Pierre Paolo Spinazzè has been covering up racist street art and offensive writings with images of what Italians have a strong love for, food.
Considered almost sacred by the Italians, Spinazzè has quite literally took inspiration from every other Italian dinner table and stick it upon the walls. Working under the pseudonym of “Cibo” which means food in Italian, the artist paints all sorts of food such as pasta dishes, fruits, desserts and cheese wedges over any hateful art he could find.
According to Spinazzè, “Verona has always been ‘black’,” — namely, a city that supports the right-wing ideology — “and for a person who works in the field of freedom, fascism is an obstacle.”
He also says that inspiration for his work also conspired from personal experiences he had with neo-fascists back in university.
“I have seen the marks of neo-fascist violence on my friends, as eleven years ago a group of neo-fascists killed a fellow university student. After that day I have decided that that was enough; and although it wasn’t much, I would have, should have done something about it.” Spinazzè said.
Shortly after, he came across the first piece of fascist art that he would soon cover up for the first time ever, with a painting of a wiener mural. A few days letter, he then noticed that someone had covered up his “wiener-piece” and it was then where he decided, game on.
“My weapons are art, culture and irony — three things that are completely unknown to these people,” said the artist. “Therefore, for each time they would come back to ruin my work, I would add murals of sauces onto the sausage. This way their hatred became part of my cuisine,” he added.
With over 319,000 followers on Instagram and more than 62,700 likes on Facebook, hundreds of hateful art covered up, and a local community who supports his idea, Spinazzè has not only succeeded with bringing the fight to neo-fascists without actually having to fight, but has also done it by using the most neutral way possible – food.
As “Cibo” puts it, “There’s no arguing at the table. “Many people can’t take to the streets, but with little money they can take part in the colorful battle.”