Artist Creates Tiny Rooms Inside Manholes To Protest Homelessness

Italian activist and artist Biancoshock has been constructing miniature furnished rooms in manholes throughout the Lodi district of Milan. The project, called Borderlife, is meant to be a statement about homelessness. In an explanation about the project, Biancoshock says that “if some problems can not be avoided, make them comfortable…[The installation] speaks about people forced to live in extreme conditions.” For the series, Biancoshock drew inspiration from the more than 600 people living in the underground sewers of Bucharest.

Borderlife Shower

The installations, hidden underground beneath heavy metal doors in abandoned maintenance vaults, include a tiny kitchen, complete with cooking utensils and a wall clock; a bathroom, featuring a shower and hanging towel; and a small hallway with patterned wallpaper, a small painting, and a hanging hat.

Borderlife Hall

The urban artist has showcased his work throughout Italy, Croatia, France, Hungary, Lithuania, and Norway to name a few. In Biancoshock’s artist statement, he describes his creative process as being similar to activist and performative art. Because of this, he established EPHEMERALISM, an approach that creates “works of art that exist briefly in space, but limitless in time through the photography, the video, and the media.”

Check out more of his work here.

Borderlife Shower Work
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