L’Officiel Exclusive: F is For... Fendi ~ The Power of Six

L’Officiel Exclusive: F is For... Fendi ~ The Power of Six

F is For is back! And this time, there are not one, but six artists, who have created a new face of change... The Ring of The Future.

Interpreted in their own unique ways and languages, these street artists from across the world have given a new look to the Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana rooftop... a spot where everything is possible. Take a peek into the brand new ring that’s going to make the world go round!

Gary from UK, Cave from Iran, Hillel Smith from the USA, Roes from Hong Kong, Casper from Japan and Jodae from South Korea have written the word ‘Future’ in their own language inside a yellow ring, recalling a visual embrace, where the last letter meets and melts into the next. A cultural hypnotic loop, we say.

With each artist bringing their own passion into this artwork, their distinctive styles and cultures create a new collective language. Six languages – English, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin and Korean – one word, one goal.

L'Officiel talks to these six artists to get a peek into their world and what they bring with them to the Fendi's F IS FOR communication platform made by Millennials for Millennials.

Hillel Smith is a Jewish-American street artist and graphic designer, who supports the contemporary Jewish art, re-imagining the tradition by using contemporary media.

F Is For…

Fearless. To me, the future is intelligent, where everyone is informed, wants to learn, understand, and question, and where we can be fearless in our curiosity.

Graffiti art is a tool for sharing messages. Which is your message to the future generations?

Celebrating heritage is important. Art is something that allows me to share a part of my identity and culture with the world. We should be proud of who we are, be free to express that, and also be open to learning from other people about their stories.

Cave is an Iranian graffiti artist, now living in London, alternates between Arabic and Farsi, mixing the two alphabets.

What’s the best thing of being part of this project?

I love the idea of doing something together with all these artists, coming here in Rome on the FENDI rooftop, working at the same thing, having the same aim and especially being friends no matter what color we are orbackground we are from. This project represents unity to me. It embodies the power of sharing. I think this space is perfect to celebrate the fact we are all here together. It’s a very tall building and the only thing above us it is the sky. This is definitely good.

Casper, a Japanese live-painting artist, has worked on a graffiti mural art project featuring a width of 70 meters and a height of 8.

How was it collaborating with all these artists from all over the world? How do you envision the future?

I think its amazing working with artists who wrote in different languages. The future will be very bright. I want the world to be filled with lots of children. In the future, there may be no nationalities. Well, there may be nationalities, but language hurdles may disappear.

Jodae is a Korean artist who lives and works in Seoul and is renowned for creating and defining his own style by incorporating Korean elements in the street art he produces.

Tell us what you brought to this project?

I wrote in Hangeul (Korean language word) writing the word ‘future’. I have always thought about the future, what is to happen next and about my life as an artist. I have always done works based on these thoughts and The Ring of The Future project theme fits very well to me.

Tell us more about your way of painting.

I used to work mainly with spray, but now I use oriental paintbrush.  I want to show the power of painting with Korean traditional contents as in ‘Shamanism’.  I hope my paintings can reach out and touch more people.

Gary Stranger is a British contemporary street artist, renowned for his edged and precise free-hand artworks.

What does The Ring of The Future project represent to you?

This project is a great opportunity to me to understand how diverse graffiti artists are. There are people from every corner of the world here working together on the same rooftop, without any crossword yet committed 100 per cent to the project because of our mutual passion. It is an enriching exercise of unity.

Timyan aka Roes is a Chinese artist born in Hong Kong is one of the founding members of the Smile Maker HK collective.

What do you wish for yourself in the future?

I wish to get more people to see my work. I hope I can travel to new places and incorporate different culture into my work. I think the most important meaning of this project to me is to exhibit my country’s language calligraphy to the world.

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BY Nidhi
Managing Editor

Nidhi Raj Singh is the Managing Editor of L'Officiel India. You can find her hidden behind a book when she is not writing or taking photos.