GESSO is the first documentary film project about the worldwide Street Painting scene. Amazing visuals and international feat. artists tell you everything you need to know about this global art movement, giving you an unusual peek behind the scenes. GESSO documents the untold story – its past, present and future – of street painting for future generations.
Why this film? a short narrative by the makers.
Since it’s Renaissance in 1973, GESSO is the first feature film ever made about the phenomenon of Street Painting: A still very young and already diverse art form that has taken the urban world by storm over the last decade. It’s not anything like Graffiti or other forms of Street Art. The works that street painters present to the public are engaging, mind blowing and fascinating, visual treats for the eye, and above all not meant to last. Not only that, you can witness the live creation of them (on meanwhile six continents, Antarctica for obvious reasons excluded), even their demise if you stick around long enough, have a chat with the artists while they work (how unusual), and be impressed by its positive social impact, it’s global fan base, and more than interesting Life story.
Despite all this popularity and attention, and despite the omnipresence of internet and social media, there’s still very little known about the ephemeral art form itself or the artists and festivals that are responsible for all this excitement. Other than liking the images we see online, which have an even shorter lifespan than the original ones. Most people, in fact, have actually never witnessed a street painting created live, right in front of their very own eyes. All the more reason to learn that there is really a lot more to Street Painting than the eye can see.
That’s why GESSO takes you on a visual and personal journey to different countries and cultures, showing you a world of true and rare beauty. Giving you the inside scoop to the international Street Painting scene, and introducing you to some of the world’s most renowned, dedicated and talented street painters of our time. They all come from very different social, cultural and artistic backgrounds, but are united by their passion for and contributions to pavement art. GESSO tells the story of street painting seen through their eyes and hands.
As artists they each embody part of the (his)Story of Street Painting, from it’s origin 40 years ago in the little Italian village of Grazie di Curtatone, to the emergence of Anamorphic or 3D pavement art in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the global spread and rise to fame in the first decade of the 21st century, to the recent arrival of the next generation street painters that will undoubtedly take the art form to newer and higher levels, and to every remaining corner of the populated world…and beyond.
This unique film, shot over a time period of three years, in seven countries (mexico, usa, uk, holland, germany, italy and russia) portrays beauty and hardship, the importance of unattachment, societal relevance and individual inspiration, drive and perseverance. GESSO is a well-deserved tribute to Street Painters, Festivals and Fans worldwide. A document, with historical relevance, that marks the 40th anniversary of it’s rebirth, and a sincere biography of an evolving and inspiring art form, told from an insider’s perspective.
GESSO is a must see movie for everyone who ever held a chalk stick in their hands as a youngster, using the street as an obvious canvas, carefree and filled with unlimited imagination, simply because it was there. Who knew there’s so much beauty in simplicity?
Click here for the official 2014 movie trailer.