- Weekly residential modules at Cittadellarte: a programme of seminars and laboratories open to students, professionals, social entrepreneur, activists and members of society, developed following a participatory teaching format, based on collective debates and knowledge exchange between mentor and participants. The modules draw some of their core case studies from Geographies of Change, a participatory online archive collecting and interlinking organisations active in the fields of governance and policy-making, alternative economic models, urban systems, environment, education and communication.
Mentors are often former UNIDEE residents, participants to visible project and to ARTInRETI platforms, ambassadors for Third Paradise, Cittadellarte’s current and past associates. Amongst the new collaborators, scholars and researchers, curators, cultural operators, agents of change within specific territorial realms.
Aimed at delving into three broad thematic areas, which represent the first lemmas for the construction of a Triennal (2015-2017) Shared Collective Vocabulary of Ideas on Cittadellarte’s Art and Social Responsible Transformation, developed across UNIDEE - University of Ideas’ educational programme. This Vocabulary intends to make available the theoretical and project materials used by the mentors and the speakers, and produced by the participants throughout the weekly modules.
- Residency programmes at Cittadellarte for international artists, organised in collaboration with institutional partners, e.g. RESO’ network, A. M. QattanFoundation (Palestine), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (India), Fundación Museos de la Ciudad (Ecuador), Yarat Contemporary Art Space (Azerbaijan), aiming at educating and producing.
During their stay at Cittadellarte the artists are accompanied along an educational path based on an in-depth analysis of specific issues in relation to a responsible social transformation. A flexible programme encompassing debate series, meetings with curators, artists and social entrepreneurs, experts’ studio visits, conferences with guests, visits to exhibitions and places relevant to the themes discussed, etc., will be the companion to this residential journey. In terms of production, the residency aims at facilitating the creation of new projects for exhibitions, events, public debates, publications etc.
- Connective Residency at Cittadellarte: launched in 2015, this residency programme of six months is open to Italian and international artists and collectives interested in exploring and expanding the themes of social responsible transformation, selected by direct invitation as well as via open call. The aim is to establish active “connections” between the resident artists’ own practices and the content and dynamics brought forth by the weekly residential modules and all relevant project activities developed within Cittadellarte.
The invited artists who took part in the Connective residency are: Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna (2015); Leone Contini (2016); Mattia Paco Rizzi (2017).
Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte – Spring/Summer 2017
Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellare have been conceived with the aim to educate (through modules, lectures, experts’ studio visits, meetings etc) and to produce (from exhibitions to talks to final publications) cultural projects related to a responsible social transformation. The residencies are developed in collaboration with institutional partners, such as RESO' network, Qattan A. M. Foundation (Palestine), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (India).
Renewing its collaboration with Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation for the year 2017, UNIDEE – University of Ideas has welcomed the Indian artist Murari Jha for a two-month residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (2nd May - 2nd July, 2017).
MURARI JHA - OPEN STUDIO
UNIDEE-University of Ideas, during Arte al Centro 20th edition
23rd June 2017, 6.30 pm, at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto
Murari Jha (1988, Bihar, India), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation grant, is a young Indian artist whose artistic practice is based on performance, the exploration of the politics of the body and the possibilities of inhabiting space, carried out according to personal and political narratives. His works are often immaterial, long lasting actions entailing the use of his body within spaces reconfigured through his presence in a certain span of time.
His research project, presented at Cittadellarte as a work in progress in an Open Studio on the occasion of the exhibition "Arte al Centro XX", is a long lasting performance divided in two phases: the first has been expanded into ten days in which Jha has continually lived within his studio, the second has consisted in three consecutive days spent in a little room.
“The way I want to perform is connected with the history of the space, migration and revolution. At the same time, it relates to the anxiety of the body’s labour, desire and meditation. The transformation of the space and the body consists of cultural, social and visual activity. Through my performance I want to explore many layers of the politics of the body.” (Murari Jha)
During his stay in Cittadellarte (May-June 2017), the artist has had the opportunity to get to know different local realities and to develop his research thanks to the participation in two weekly modules of the UNIDEE programme, curated by prominent artists like Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri (“Proposal for Schizoanalytical Seminar II”, 8th-12th May), and Diego Del Pozo Barriuso (“Touch, Don’t Dominate”, 5th-9th June).
Jha has also had the chance to experience the Italian artistic scene in Turin, Milan and Venice, following his interests and dialoguing with participatory projects like the “Workshop of self-construction” held by Mattia Paco Rizzi with a group of asylum seekers and Italians residing in Biella.
The dialogue opened with different mentors, guests, artists and curators has led Jha to question the knowledge acquired and the embedded cultural processes, and widen his horizons.