Artist Filippo Minelli sets off colourful smoke bombs outside London's Somerset House as part of a new street art exhibition.
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Artist Filippo Minelli set off colourful smoke bombs in the courtyard of London's Somerset House on Wednesday (March 2) as part of a new exhibition on street art. The artist said his work, which is part of a series called 'Silence / Shapes', was inspired by political demonstrations. "I started using smoke bombs many years ago, to represent silence as a physical shape, so I was inspired by political demonstrations, and I was noticing all the smoke coming in the scene and of course people couldn't breathe, and you couldn't see anything so the smoke was silencing everything visually and acoustically," he said. "I just created this work by using the aesthetic of protest, mixing flags and texts and smoke bomb explosions, to represent this need of going further, like thinking and our approach to political issues." Minelli is one of 17 artists, including Petro, Horfee and Revok, who are contributing to the exhibition, by contributing pieces which respond to their own visions of utopia. "Public art, street art, graffiti, they all belong in the public sphere, in the public space. But they all have very different intentions behind them. I think graffiti and street art are independently produced and that adds a different quality to them, often they're trying to find a solution to an issue, whether that's an aesthetic issue or a cultural issue, whereas public art is generally kind of imposed from up high," said curator Rafael Schacter. 'Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street', opens on Thursday (March 3).