Postering also appears to aggregate in specific places. Some locales in Rome--especially outlying suburbs--are more likely than others (e.g. the Centro) to have large numbers of posters. We found an especially rich lode in Serenissima, on Rome's outer eastern side.
What makes a poster "best"? Design. A compelling message. A story we haven't heard, or, if we do know the story, the sense that the poster reveals something quintessentially Italian or Roman. In 2016, as was true in 2015, some of the best posters are those done by the far-right fringe. They're angrier, and that can make for more compelling posters. And most of the centrist political posters--ubiquitous during the run-up to the Rome mayoral election--are pedestrian.
Still, the left can produce some decent posters. The one below at least goes beyond Vota Communista ("vote Communist"). It's both weird and refreshing to see that Italian Communism still exists; it all goes back to the important role played by Communists in the Partisan movement that battled the German occupation during World War II. Today, according to the poster below, the enemies of the Communists are petty politicians (politicanti), the European Union, NATO, and the banks.
|Enough! (vote Communist Party).|
|Yesterday partisans, today anti-fascists.|
What's with the German?
Casa Pound, a right-wing bad-boys organization named after the American poet, Ezra Pound, who cozied up to the Mussolini regime in the early 1940s, is perhaps the most frequent posterer in Rome, helping to keep the form alive. The Casa Pound folks are opposed to immigration, and beyond that they're big on not surrendering to the powers that be. They appear to relish physicality and to locate their heroic heritage in ancient Rome.
|Alcuni Italiani Non Si Arrendono!|
"Some Italians Don't Surrender!"
|"What is written with the blood of the fathers is not erased with the saliva of the politicians."|
|Not quite sure what's doing on here. "They Aassault/We Laugh!" Joyous resistance.|
|And mostly in English|
|"Let's liberate ourselves from the 'Liberators'"|
One of our design favorites is this poster, of uncertain political ideology. It reads Roma non si vende"--"Rome is not for sale." And it communicates this message with a delightful image of the Coliseum in a shopping cart.
Another top-design candidate is this anti-immigrant political poster ("We'll Stop the Alien Invasion"):
The poster below is austerely anti-design. And yet its message--Siamo Già Tra Voi ("We are already among you") and signed "(hashtag) Enemies of the City," is compelling in its mystery and threatening tone.
The "What Happened to Dino?" poster that we found near Porta Metronia was mysterious, too, because we had no idea who Dino was.
|Do you know what happened to Dino?|
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