“Tieneme ca te tengo” by Jerico in Rione Sanità, Naples

Just revealed a new mural in Rione Sanità, Naples, made by Jerico Cabrera Carandang, street artist born in Philippines and based in Rome. Jerico’s style is fascinating and steadly mutating, working on fragmented faces and shattered expressions, souls of a screaming existance. He started to investigate the nature painted as plants, using cold colours, allegory of chaos. His constant quirk is the fadeaway that involves all the parts of the painting, transforming it into a mysterious interpretation of human condition. Jerico hits the city, painting in a working-class neighborhood of Sanità, on the wall of the lift which links the heart of the historical centre with the bridge that connects Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Santa Teresa degli Scalzi Street. This elevator is an important landmark for Neapolitan people; it is dedicated to the role of Maddalena Cerasuolo, known as Lenuccia who, during the “Four Days of Naples”, prevented Nazi troops from the distruction of the bridge. The mural features an embrace, emblem of solidarity and brotherhood, visualising two people tightened in a great and uninterrupted hug, entitled “Tieneme ca te tengo” (Holding me holding you) by young people of that neighborhood. The mural is the result of a collaboration between the department of welfare and the association “Centro La Tenda” that works with disadvantaged youth of the area, that describes in this way Jerico’s work:

“Reciprocity for us is a hug between two people, huddling together to form a one. The embrace stands for support, human warmth; for us it is “holding me holding you”! It’s so touching to see what we thought and shared together depicted on the lift, symbol of our neighborhood”.


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