Contemporary art in Matera: until Nov. 10 MAAP Puybblica Art Fair

Ten days of contemporary art in the outskirts of the city of Matera, with MAAP Public Art Fair. From November 1 to 10, 2019, three young artists will create site-specific works and installations in marginal and unusual locations compared to the usual exhibition spaces. On the occasion of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture, public art offerings and community involvement suggest new ways to benefit from buildings and gardens that are now abandoned.

The protagonist will be the San Giacomo district, a suburban neighborhood of the city linked to the story of the displacement of the Sassi, which will become the scene of artistic performances participated in by the residents themselves.

The initiative aims to revive this part of Matera through participatory art, bringing to light themes, emotions and places related to the historical events that characterized it. Conceived by the nonprofit association MAAP Atelier d’Arte Pubblica, which is committed to the application of artistic methodologies in social space for the collective well-being, the event comes to fruition thanks to the victory of the second edition of the Creative Living Lab call promoted and supported by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity and Urban Regeneration of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and dedicated precisely to the shared redevelopment of peripheral areas.

With the patronage of MiBACT, the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation and the Municipality of Matera, the initiative involves the activation of social dynamics, facilitated by artistic practices. Among the goals are the enhancement of the talent of places, hybrid and interstitial spaces, the change of destination of disused or abandoned buildings and the recognition of the individual skills of the inhabitants. The protagonists. In Matera for MAAP Atelier d’Arte Pubblica, well-known and emerging names in contemporary art will take the field: David Scognamiglio, artist-architect and light designer; Javier Reche Garay and Antonio Abatangelo, actors and dancers; and Luis Gomez de Teran (pictured), called the Caravaggio of street art. They will be the ones to involve inhabitants in co-design workshops to create temporary structures, videos and murals, and bring theatrical performances to life.

With multi-handed work, artists and citizens will regenerate some symbolic places in the St. James neighborhood. The abandoned garden among the council houses will be enlivened with David Scognamiglio’s installation: an emotional architecture made of a structure of innocent pipes, covered with white sheets, on which a specially made video will be projected. That same architecture will host Javier Reche Garay’s theater performance, the result of a dance-theater workshop that addresses social issues by reshaping space through the body. The facade of a decaying building will be tinged with new shapes and colors thanks to Luis Gomez de Teran’s mural.

The event will culminate on the evenings of Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 6 p.m., with the unveiling of the installations and artistic works. Simultaneously, there will also be the vernissage of the exhibitions set up in some private garages, turned into special art galleries for the occasion, where art objects can be admired and purchased.

Among the works on display will be Luis Gomez de Teran’s Madonna dell’ Umido, until a few weeks ago on display at Musma, Matera’s Museum of Contemporary Sculpture.

Meetings with public art experts are scheduled, including Pierluigi Molteni, an architect and urban regeneration expert involved in the conception of the event; Altrove Gallery, a landmark art gallery in the world of street art and urban regeneration; Draw The Line, a street art festival in Campobasso; and the referents of Pubblica, an urban art residency within the Kill the Pig cultural association.

Source: release

Contemporary art in Matera: until Nov. 10 MAAP Puybblica Art Fair
Contemporary art in Matera: until Nov. 10 MAAP Puybblica Art Fair

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