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Matera, Fucina Madre: the handicraft and design expo

By press release Lunedì, 29 Aprile 2024
Fucina Madre, Matera Fucina Madre, Matera Photo by Apt Basilicata

From ceramics to the goldsmith's art, from wood to crochet, from digital art to the recovery of ancient manufacturing traditions. It is a true mosaic of Lucanian excellence that 44 artisans, makers and designers from all over Basilicata will present from 1 to 5 May as part of the third edition of 'Fucina Madre', the handicraft and design exhibition set up, for this edition, in the spaces of Le Monacelle, in Via Riscatto 15, in Matera, European Capital of Culture for 2019.

For five days along the exhibition route, it will be possible to admire, and possibly purchase, some of the most qualified productions of the rich Lucanian handicraft panorama, all handmade works where creativity, art and design intersect.

‘The APT,’ says the director, Antonio Nicoletti, ‘is kicking off the third edition of Fucina Madre, the original territorial promotion project focused on craftsmanship and design, which on the one hand aims to enrich the regional tourist destination with cultural content, and on the other identifies artisans and designers as true animators of beauty, interpreters of contemporary taste and lifestyle, the fulcrum of a new tourist proposal linked to the territories where they live and work. In this perspective, the activities of Fucina Madre 2024 very much focus on the creation of an active network of artisans and designers, oriented towards transforming their activity into an experience of cultural exchange with visitors, according to a model of sustainable tourism that concerns both the cities and the villages of Basilicata'.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the exhibition will be held on Wednesday 1 May, at 11 am, with the participation of the exhibiting craftsmen, makers and designers and representatives of the institutions. This will be followed, at 7 p.m., by the performance 'Il borgo racconta: storia di Isabella Morra' by Ninì Truncellito.

On Thursday 2 May, at 5 p.m., there will be a conference organised by Apt Basilicata on the theme 'From the travel experience to the souvenir, objects to preserve memories' with the participation of experts and curators of contemporary art and university lecturers. At 5 p.m. ‘L'arte del fare. Percorsi di tutela e valorizzazione in Basilicata'. Presentation of the activities of the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio of Basilicata with Antonella Iacovino, demoanthropologist, and Barbara Improta, art historian. At 7 p.m., a contemporary theatre performance 'Il canto del pane', directed by Angela De Gaetano.

On Friday 3 May, there will be a workshop organised by Cna, Confartigianato, and Casartigiani on the theme 'The EU Regulation 2023/2411 of the European Parliament and the Council on the protection of Geographical Indications for craft and industrial products: scenarios and opportunities'. This will be followed, at 7 p.m., by a concert by guitarist Mirko Gisonte.

Saturday 4 May, at 7 p.m., 'Versi e ballate senza tempo' (Timeless Verses and Ballads), a tribute to Lucania with Erminio Truncellito.

At the same time as the Fucina Madre exhibition, two exhibitions will be set up in the spaces of Le Monacelle.

The first is entitled ‘The Erotic Object of Riccardo Dalisi’, curated by Patrizia Scarzella and Palmarosa Fuccella.  The exhibition presents the extraordinary prototypes of the coffee pots with erotic subjects designed by Riccardo Dalisi [Potenza 1931 - Naples 2022] from 1979 to 1987, research that led to the creation of the Neapolitan coffee pot produced by Alessi that made the Lucanian designer and artist famous throughout the world, twice awarded the Compasso d'Oro ADI prize.

The second, curated by Patrizia Scarzella, Il Nodo Onlus, Liceo Artistico, is entitled ‘A jewel for peace’ and presents the 24 jewels on the theme of peace designed by the students of the Liceo Artistico of Matera, during a workshop held in 2022, and made by the young artisans of the School of Social Design of Phnom Penh, a reality created by Il Nodo Cooperazione Internazionale Onlus.

All activities, including the exhibitions and the concert, are free.

Fucina Madre is a project of the Basilicata Territorial Promotion Agency. Concept and artistic direction: Palmarosa Fuccella. Technical-scientific Committee: Regione Basilicata, Soprintendenza Archeologica, Belle Arti e Paesaggio, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Basilicata Chamber of Commerce, Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019, CNA, Confartigianato, Casartigiani - F.R.A.B., CLAAI Potenza, Licei Artistici di Potenza e Matera.

The detailed programme is attached.

More info here.