BEHIND THE ROMEO’S GIN PROJECT, THERE’S A SERIES OF 24 MONTREAL ARTISTS. WE ASKED THEM A FEW QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THEIR VISION AND THEIR EXPERIENCE OF ROMEO’S MUSEUM, CANADA’S FIRST URBAN ART MUSEUM!

Q: How does it feel to be here with 23 other artists?

A: I’m really happy to be chosen. I’m neighbor of here. It would have disappointed me not to be part of such a thrilling project. I’m happy to be surrounded by artists that I know and I like. There are a lot of surprises too, a lot of things I didn’t know.

Q: How does it to create and work in a staircase?

A: the setting is special. We are in an original place. I think it’s really a attractive idea. It’s really cool to invite people to visit a museum down the steps. I like to imagine the public look at our artwork in a staircase.

Q: What is a museum for you?

A: I think that a good museum’s definition, in that case, it’s a «instagram» of the montreal’s culture on the moment.
Rafael Sottolichio a Montreal painter of Chilean origin. After university studies in Santiago and Montreal, he has been painting professionally since 1996. He also has a mural painting and curatorial practice.

LA MUTATION

The Empire State Building is an image of the financial empire. It is presented in a process of mutation. This mural explores the replacement of colonial empires by a form of financial imperialism in which trade and profit reign and which promotes an ideology with no social project and without the promise of a better tomorrow.
–Rafael Sottolichio