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Matera 2019, four projects selected for the Euro-Mediterranean residency

By Press release October 10, 2022 203
"Abitare l'Opera", co-creation project by Matera 2019 "Abitare l'Opera", co-creation project by Matera 2019 Photo by Mateera 2019

The ability to activate communities and leave a mark on the territory were the criteria that led to the selection of the four young creatives within the project "Creative Community. Euro-Mediterranean co-creation residency programme - In memory of David Sassoli" promoted by the Fondazione Matera Basilicata 2019 and Open Design School in partnership with GO! 2025 (Nova Gorica-Gorizia), the European Youth Capital Tirana EYC 2022 and under the patronage of the European Capitals of Culture 2022 Esch (Luxembourg), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Novi Sad (Serbia).

The creative professionals and the selected proposals (Bio and projects attached to this news) were presented at the Ridola Museum, in Matera, during a meeting entitled "Creative Communities. Practices of co-creation between Europe and the Mediterranean" organised by the Foundation in collaboration with the National Museum of Matera. The meeting was attended by the all-female Evaluation Committee, which examined over 70 applications from 20 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

At the opening, the Director of the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation, Giovanni Padula, emphasised how, at European level, art is increasingly becoming a fundamental tool for changing the perception of rural areas, as well as the centrality that social benefits must assume in cultural programming. Giovanni Oliva, Secretary General of the Foundation, recalled the genesis of the residency project, launched on 26 June last, on the occasion of the tribute event to the late President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, with the aim of taking up the legacy of his message to Europe, launched by Matera in December 2019, during the closing ceremony of the European Capital of Culture, and continuing to work in the inland areas, the key to the processes of the Matera 2019 journey.

A special thanks for that day of remembrance and for the residency programme, was brought by Alessandra Vittorini - Sassoli, Director of the Fondazione Scuola dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali, member of the selection jury and contributor to the residency programme call.

Irena Topalli, Head of International Relations of Tirana European Youth Capital 2022, emphasised that the applications demonstrate how much culture can do to transform a territory, which is precisely what is happening in the Albanian capital, where young people have triggered this process.

As a representative of the Lucanian creative scene in the selection jury, Vania Cauzillo, director, co-founder of the Compagnia Teatrale L'Albero, and vice-president of RESEO, dwelt on the central role of co-creation for Lucanian creatives, implemented in the context of Matera 2019 and now an essential practice, and on the opportunity that the selected artists will have to apply this practice and take what local communities want to share. The message sent by Sendi Mango, co-founder of the art collective BridA, partner of Nova Gorica-Gorizia European Capital of Culture 2025 (Go! 2025) was dedicated to the role of the artist in the relationship with the community. Francesca Bertoglio, project manager of Bergamo-Brescia 2023 Italian Capital of Culture, as well as chairwoman of the commission, spoke of Matera 2019 as an 'avant-garde laboratory', a 'fertile cradle' and a 'heritage to be exploded' in relation to the ability to graft practices into processes.  An action that is also intended to be carried out in the vast area covered by the candidature of Bergamo and Brescia, where efforts are being made to ensure that companies, hospitals and prisons rediscover themselves as producers of culture.

With these multiple approaches, the Commission tackled the selection process, an initial experiment through which to valorise the practices developed in the Matera 2019 process, as Rita Orlando, head of cultural planning and networking of the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation, explained.

The four selected young creatives streamed in to illustrate their projects: Anna Serlenga and Marco Piscopo from Italy, the duo Anne Fehres & Luke Conroy from the Netherlands, and the Italian-German collective Happy Place.

From 7 to 27 November, each of them will work with a community in Basilicata, with the support of local creative enterprises: public meetings will be organised to share the creative process and exchanges between the different host communities to activate connections of people, places and projects.

 

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