The city ghettos of today

The Project

an interdisciplinary project by Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation (Warsaw, Poland)
in partnership with Teatro dell’Argine (San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy), Cantieri Meticci (Bologna, Italy), Beyond Borders Foundation (Warsaw, Poland), European Alternatives Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Youth for Development Alchemy YODA (Bologna, Italy), Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum (City of Espoo, Finland), The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland), Foundation Ocalenie (Warsaw, Poland), Ptarmigan rekisteröity yhdistys (Helsinki, Finland), Sopra i Ponti (Bologna, Italy), Teatro degli Incontri (Milan, Italy), Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Bologna University (Bologna, Italy), Arts Promotion Centre Finland – Taiteen Edistamiskeskus (Helsinki, Finland), HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Kauniainen, Finland), Cie Check Points (Paris, France), La Veilleuse de Belleville (Paris, France), Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University (Warsaw, Poland), Olinda ONLUS (Milan, Italy), Centre Social et Culturel La maison du bas Belleville (Paris, France), University of Paris 8 (Paris, France), Department of Geography, Zurich University (Zurich, Switzerland), collective OnElf (Berlin, Germany), kunstZ (Antwerp, Belgium), The MAS Museum aan de Stroom (Antwerp, Belgium), Citizen´s Forum – Kansalaisfoorumi (Finland), Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), TEAK Theatre Academy Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland), P’Arc-en-ciel social and cultural centre in Nanterre (France), Nanterre Town Hall (France), Museum of Immigration (France), CENTQUATRE (Paris, France), Atouts Cours (France), Centro Interculturale “Massimo Zonarelli” (Bologna, Italy), Cultural Centre Stoa (Helsinki, Finland), National Theatre of Finland (Finland), Pacunet Palace and Cultural Network (Finland).
 
2013 - 2015
with support of the European Commission
 
The City Ghettos of Today includes debates, art workshops, interactive installations in 7 different European cities.
At the heart of the project is the desire of redefine and re-examine the concept of “ghetto” in the context of those closed areas of contemporary cities where migrant communities live: through art creation and sociological research, the project wants to analyse and discuss the history of European ghettos for migrants.
How can we speak about ghetto today, is it possible to redefine the word itself? What’s the role of ghettos in the construction of European identity? What are the causes of this phenomenon in contemporary Europe? Is there an interaction with traditional society or is it simply a part of the anonymous lifestyle of cities? What characteristics define these districts for migrants in today’s Europe and how are they connected to the collective memory of European past?
 
To read the final report of the project click here.

Activities

The main activities of the project:
  • a series of workshops open to local communities in some European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Antwerp and Berlin;
  • each workshop, lead by artist and cultural workers, will end up with an installation and a debate on project issues;
  • a final event in Warsaw (December 2014), consisting in an art installation and a debate, meant to gather together the materials coming from all European organizations involved in the different fields (artistic, cultural, educational and social).

To learn more you can visit the project website by clicking here.

Partners

Coordinator
Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation (Warsaw, Poland)
 
Partners
  • Teatro dell’Argine (San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy)
  • Cantieri Meticci (Bologna, Italy)
  • Beyond Borders Foundation (Warsaw, Poland)
  • European Alternatives Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • Youth for Development Alchemy YODA (Bologna, Italia)
  • Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum (City of Espoo, Finland)
  • The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Foundation “Ocalenie” (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Ptarmigan rekisteröity yhdistys (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Sopra i Ponti (Bologna, Italy)
  • Teatro degli Incontri (Milan, Italy)
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Bologna University (Bologna, Italy)
  • Arts Promotion Centre Finland – Taiteen Edistamiskeskus (Helsinki, Finland)
  • HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Kauniainen, Finland)
  • Cie Check Points (Paris, France)
  • La Veilleuse de Belleville (Paris, France)
  • Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Olinda ONLUS (Milan, Italy)
  • Centre Social et Culturel “La maison du bas Belleville” (Paris, France)
  • University of Paris 8 (Paris, France)
  • Department of Geography, University of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • collective OnElf (Berlin, Germany)
  • kunstZ (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • The MAS Museum aan de Stroom (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Citizen´s Forum – Kansalaisfoorumi (Finland)
  • Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland)
  • TEAK Theatre Academy Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
  • P’Arc-en-ciel social and cultural centre in Nanterre (France)
  • Nanterre Town Hall (France)
  • Museum of Immigration (France)
  • CENTQUATRE (Paris, France)
  • Atouts Cours (France)
  • Centro Interculturale “Massimo Zonarelli” (Bologna, Italy)
  • Cultural Centre Stoa (Helsinki, Finland)
  • National Theatre of Finland (Finland)
  • Pacunet Palace and Cultural Network (Finland).
  • collettivo OnElf (Berlino, Germania)

Workshop in Italy

The project consists in a series of international workshops open to local communities in the different European cities involved: Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Antwerp and Berlin.
Each workshop, lead by artists and cultural workers, is intended to create materials for the final art installation and debate on project issues.
 
Workshop in Italy
Art workshop
October 12th 2013 from 15.00 to 20.00 at ITC Studio
(Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
The workshop is structured in 3 parts: theatre, videomaking, sound. Participants have the opportunity to work with artists coming from Bologna, Helsinki, Paris and Warsaw to create materials for the multimedia installation which will be on exhibition in seven European cities in 2014 and 2015.
Using basic techniques of theatre work, story writing and telling, sound design and video-art, participants will learn how to create characters and stories set in migrant areas, inspired to interviews and novels such as The Life Before Us by Romain Gary and Nadia by Tahar Ben Jelloun.
 
International Debate
The City Ghettos of Today. Starting points for an exploration of memories and realities of migrant communities in European cities
October 10th 2013 from 15.00 to 18.00 at Ospedale degli Esposti
Via D’Azeglio, Bologna
Opening lecture: Franco La Cecla, Urban ghettos as spaces of misunderstanding: difficulties and opportunities
Artists and researchers coming from Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki and Berlin confronting on questions linked to the concept of “ghetto”.
How do today ghettos look like? What causes are behind creation or enduring of new ghettos? Are there possibilities of dialogue among communities living inside and those living outside ghettos? How can art contribute to develop this dialogue?
Such questions were starting points for participants to give life to an open discussion and produce more ideas for future reflections in the fields of art and sociological research.
 
Participants: Elena Basteri (European Alternatives Berlin), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation), Piotr Bystrianin (Ocalenie Foundation), Giulia Ventura (Teatro dell’Argine), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Meticci), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points), Pietro Floridia (Teatro dell’Argine), Gianluigi Gherzi (Teatro degli incontri), Louise Glassier (NAGA Association), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation), Maria Koskijoki (Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum, city of Espoo), Outi Korhonen (Art Promotion Centre Finland), Piotr Mikuć (independent artist), Pierluigi Musarò (Sociology Department, Bologna University), Alejandro Olarte (independent artist), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan), Iiris Rautiainen, Sara Roger (Cie Check Points), Aleksander Robotycki (Ethnografic Museum Warsaw), Sara Saleri (Istituto TRAME), Antonella Selva (Sopra i Ponti), Rachel Shapiro (researcher), Rosita Volani (Olinda), Renata Włoch (Sociological Institute Warsaw University).

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