Lunigiana Land Art, a new festival dedicated to art, arrives in spring

The first edition of Lunigiana Land Art, an art production festival to be held in the villages of Lunigiana, will start in the spring. Various actions are planned, including site-specific installations.

To be held between March and June 2022 is the Lunigiana Land Art project, an artistic production festival spread among 12 municipalities in Lunigiana, namely Mulazzo (lead municipality), Bagnone, Casola in Lunigiana, Comano, Filattiera, Fosdinovo, Licciana Nardi, Podenzana, Pontremoli, Tresana, Villafranca in Lunigiana and Zeri, all in the province of Massa-Carrara. The project aims to promote the area through choral and cultural action, with a program starting in March culminating in a final event from June 30 to July 3. The project won the Borghi in Festival call for proposals promoted by the Ministry of Culture’s General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity: eight projects were selected out of more than 600 proposals.

The start is delegated to an artist residency project: six artists selected through an open call will in fact be invited to reside in the area to create a site-specific installation and a work to be promoted online as well as in the concluding event. An online event will be dedicated to the open call on January 23, at 9 p.m. (registration at the project website). The project will bring the six authors to work in dialogue with the environment and the communities that inhabit it: paths focused on knowledge, nature, community, music will be developed, designed to guide visitors to a slow fruition of the places, who will be able to see the works created in situ in the context of an articulated narrative.

Applications for the call are open from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21: they will be evaluated by a scientific committee composed of Chiara Agradi (Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris), Nicolas Ballario (art critic and curator), Matteo Balduzzi (Museo Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan), Elisa Medde (FOAM Amsterdam) and coordinated by Spazi Fotografici and Matèria, creators and curators of the On-Site program. In addition to the six artist residencies in six partner municipalities, the program is enriched by six production workshops with prominent authors such as Mario Cresci and Jacopo Benassi in the remaining six Lunigiana municipalities.

The Lunigiana Land Art program will be available starting in February at in all its actions, including the portrait and video campaign curated by Stefano Azario, two theatrical performances (community and wandering in nature), musical entertainment and some specials dedicated to children, as well as guided tours and experiences in the area curated by Sigeric. The Art Direction of the project, curated by architect Angela Tanania and Francesca Fontana of Spazi Fotografici, has already achieved an important first result in the numerous partnership: as many as 41 participating entities, including 12 municipalities, with co-financing from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara.

“We are very pleased that our proposal has won the selection of the public notice Borghi in Festival, promoted by the General Directorate of Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture,” says the mayor of Mulazzo, Claudio Novoa. “Ours is a unique territory and deserves to be enhanced. We are confident that Lunigiana Land Art will be able to emphasize the strong artistic vocation that has characterized it for centuries, together with the landscape quality of the area, which has been recognized as a Riserva MaB Unesco Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Reserve and is characterized by a harmonious relationship between man and nature.”

“Being chosen among the eight winning projects out of more than 600 proposals for participation seems to me a great result, which underlines the value of an extraordinary area,” says the president of the Tuscany Region, Eugenio Giani. “The notice, promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture convened for the financing of cultural activities for the urban, cultural and economic-social regeneration of small municipalities in Italy rewards an ambitious project, which promotes the slow rediscovery of territories through artistic and cultural expressions, a modality of which our region is naturally the leader. This additional official recognition makes us particularly proud.”

Lunigiana Land Art, a new festival dedicated to art, arrives in spring
Lunigiana Land Art, a new festival dedicated to art, arrives in spring

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