GIBELLINA, APRIL 2016
The residency was held in Gibellina, a symbol for contemporary art, located in the heart of Sicily, in the geographic and symbolic centre of the Mediterranean, which today has turned from a place of encounter and dialogue among cultures to an impassable border and a place of humanitarian tragedies.
The artists were selected through an international call for research projects to be undertaken during the residency, which received 118 proposals from 31 different countries.
A committee, chaired by Roberta Valtorta and composed of the heads of the institutions involved – Luigi Spedicato, University of Salento; Vincenzo Fiammetta, Orestiadi Foundation; Matteo Balduzzi, Museum of Contemporary Photography; Antonella Montinaro, GACMA; Hercules Papaioannou, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Andrea Laudisa, ICM/Positivo Diretto – selected the artists:
Federica Bardelli e Alex Piacentini (I)
Claudio Beorchia (I)
Angélica Dass (BR/E)
Simone Sapienza (I)
Zamir Suleymanov (AZ)
Stratis Vogiatzis (GR).
Orestiadi Foundation has hosted the six selected artists for about a month, from 1 to 27 April 2016.
The residency foresaw a continuous interaction with Matteo Balduzzi (curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography) and three meeting opportunities with 3 visiting professors: the artists Arno Gisinger (A), Caesar Pietroiusti (I) and the curator/producer of multimedia projects Bas Vroege (NL).
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