I am one of the selected artists for “ENGAGE”: Artistic and Social Research Residency, curated by Viafarini DOCVA Foundation, in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan, at Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy, from Oct 11th to Oct 20th 2017.
ENGAGE is a training and research program, curated by Viafarini in collaboration with Sunugal, addressed to Italian and international artists, inviting them to spend a period of one week residency / workshop in Milan between 11 – 20 October 2017, in dialog with local social and creative mediators, aiming at researching and experimenting innovative ways of interaction between art practices and social sphere. The Public School will gather in Milan 20 artists whose practice implies interaction with local communities; research on contemporary collective imaginaries; analysis of the implications of great changes under way from an artistic as well as social, political and anthropological point of view. The selection took into account the ability of the artists to foster, through their practices, communication between diverse fields of knowledge: from science to religion, from economy to politics, so as to overstep the self-reference of art-based discourse, aiming towards the creation of alternative models of public action. During the School we will collectively discuss in depth strategies capable of making visible and intervening in issue linked to transcultural dialogue and social and urban exclusion and vulnerability such as: gender oppression; racism and xenophobia; discrimination and oppression based on religious belonging.