Public art in the integration of immigrants in Italy

Launched in 2019, the Atelier d’Arte Pubblica (MAAP) in the city of Matera is one of the few initiatives in Italy that uses public art to integrate newly arrived immigrants into the country.

For the project, street artist Mohamed L’Ghacham joined forces with migrants in three cities in Basilicata, southern Italy, for 17 consecutive days. The core idea was to transform a building in each location with a mural that portrays a tiny piece of these people’s trajectory, thus celebrating their lives and new beginnings.

Photographs are available in an article on The Guardian and on MAAP’s Facebook.