The photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano is an autodidact with an eventful life. As a roofer, doorman and window cleaner, the son of Italian guest workers experienced his environment from the most diverse perspectives. It is unusual for this to develop into an artistic career. Luigi Toscano's works focus on people and tell the stories behind the visible. stories behind the visible. His art speaks a language that everyone can understand. He also uses this to position himself clearly and to make socio-political statements. More and more, he is conquering public space for this purpose. House facades, squares or parks: instead of being presented behind shielded museum doors, his paintings are shown in freely accessible places. This concept was used for the first time in 2014: with Heimat_Asyl, Luigi Toscano brought the larger-than-life portraits and the stories of asylum seekers to a central place in his hometown of Mannheim - and thus into the consciousness of thousands of people. In 2014, he then launched GEGEN DAS VERGESSEN. In 2021, Luigi Toscano was appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace - the first photographer ever.