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Saint Joseph Patron Parish in collaboration with the International Studio & Curatorial Program hosted Kickstarting, a public performance in New York by artist Andrea Mastrovito.
Kickstarting is a project based on the interaction between sports and art.
Using soccer balls and tempera in powder, Mastrovito together with one hundred children from Bushwick, Brooklyn created a gigantic mural by kicking the soccer balls against the wall to inscribe marks, giving new life to the courtyard of Saint Joseph Patron Parish in Bushwick which, during the summer, will reopen as a playground.
Kickstarting represents a new step in Mastrovito's work, which often unravels from the studio to public spaces in an open confrontation with audiences and communities. The large mural represent all the dreams, desire and affections of the children who participated in a series of workshops Mastrovito held at the Saint Francis Cabrini School and at the Youth Center of the Parish this past March and April. Starting from children's suggestions and drawings, Mastrovito has prepared life-sized stencils that covered the walls of the courtyard during the performance. Once removed, they unveiled the final 90-meters long drawings, realized solely with the marks of the soccer balls on the walls.