Biancoshock Hides Miniature Rooms inside Abandoned Manholes

Artist Biancoshock considers himself a classic activist and a performative artist. He refers to his art as “Ephemeralism” – the purpose of producing works of art that have to exist briefly in space but limitlessly in time through the photography, the video and the media.

His 2016 art installation “Borderlife” was his call to a bigger awareness.  He transformed 3 vacant subterranean maintenance vaults into miniature underground rooms in the Lodi district of Milan.  The spaces included a tiny kitchen, with hanging utensils and a wall clock; a bathroom, with an attached showerhead and towel rack; and a small, wallpapered hallway featuring a painting and hat.

It’s pointing a finger toward a social injustice – a hidden reality that most remain unaware of.  The living conditions of those forced to occupy confined spaces – with a focus on those who live underground, behind manholes.

This is where street art becomes more than a IG photo opportunity lying in wait. It becomes a chance to educate, to tell the story of the those who have no voice and no platform on which to be heard.


“If some problems can not be avoided, make them comfortable.
Intervention that, parodically, speaks about people forced to live in extreme conditions, even coming to live in manholes.
An example of inspiration is  Bucharest, where more than 600 people live underground, in the sewers.” – Biancoshock


Read more on the inspiration behind the art:  Kids of the ‘ Republic of the Sewers’.