After the holidays, the big UNIDEE family went for a one week of intense work in the district of La Pigna, in San Remo, a city on the West coast of Italy, near the border with France, between Nice and Genova. We were kindly hosted and worked together with the association Pigna Mon Amour, which promotes cultural and social activities there.
La Pigna is the old part of the city and is also located at the highest part of San Remo, thus the place offers an incredible setting for anybody who are interested in architecture, history, culture and landscape. We were also very impressed by the strong sense of community that the place emanates as well as the diversity of cultures we found there. For me personally, it was a great opportunity to get to know a bit more about the North African culture, as there is a large community of Tunisian and Marroquians living there, especially young people.
Bellow, you can find the description of each project as well as the image presentation showed on the event of the 21st of August.
Video by Raphael Franco, Ekaterina Kravstova, Karolina Rychilk
The image portrayed by the media of the ancient district of Sanremo is of having serious problems with safety and security. The UNIDEE residents, participating in Fondazione Pistoletto’s University of Ideas, decided to challenge this common perception by shooting a video.
Filmed in the Piazza Santa Brigida, heart of the historic centre, it plays with the same visual tools used by the media to destroy the image of the area, changing their meaning completely. It shows young people appearing to deal drugs but in reality they are selling small duplications of world famous art pieces: examples including Madonna di Foligno by Raffaello Sanzio, I giocatori di carte by Çezanne and Il pensatore by Rodin .
Thanks to this way of acting, art becomes an instrument of intercultural exchange in the city center and proposes a new image for the area.
UNA COMUNITÀ VISIBILE, UNA REALTÀ POSSIBILE
(A visible community, a possible reality)
A collaborative project organized by Aastha Cahuan and Raphael Franco, involving members from the Tunisian community, La Pigna Mon Amour and the residents
The sense of belonging to a place is reached through a symbolic relationship related to representation and to the act of representing.
This project is created thanks to a spontaneous collaboration with some members of the Pigna district, who, with extreme ease, were involved in the entire creation process of the work, influencing its aesthetic.
Onto the face of a white wall, shadows were projected and then traced in order to create portraits on its surface. The participants, arranged in a spontaneous and heterogeneous composition, designed and painted the projection of their shadows with the help of the artists.
The work is designed to be complete when the spectators in front of the wall are interacting with the shadows.
By Ibada Wadud, Karolina Rychlik, Àngel Masip Soriano
A series of large black and white posters bears provocative messages in the old centre of the city of Sanremo. Colourblind, or Daltonico, sets out to open an intercultural dialogue on the most important human values, going beyond the clichés associated with skin colour.
The project also has an objective to encourage collaboration with different members of the community, promoting understanding. With this in mind, the artists have use the most common languages of the area, not those understood by all members of the community.
I DO FOR YOU
By Nicoletta Daldanise, Olga Karyakina, Matthew Mazzotta
The need to make a constructive dialogue with the community of the Pigna area of Sanremo has transformed itself into the realisation of a small store, I DO FOR YOU. Set up in the Piazza dei Dolori, the project sets out first of all to collect the residents’ wishes for the area and what they would and would not like to see take place in their every day lives, with particular attention to the issue of the old city. The informal situation created has allowed the emergence of a confrontation on the thematic interests of social and cultural relevance, both strictly related to the old city and then those that are more general.
The second phase of the project consists of carrying out some of the wishes which have been chosen on the basis of their feasibility. At the final evening’s event, suggestions were brought forward with the aim of realizing the expressed wishes, even if it was only for one evening.
Coexistence, tolerance and dignity have thus been translated into aesthetically harmonious and elegant textual images, mirrors of their contextual content.
By CAI WEIDONG
In the Chinese language, each character has its own individual meaning
Cai Weidong has chosen certain signs from texts written by the greatest Taoists which have particular aesthetic worth. On the white surface of the bench, the verbal meaning of the overall composition dissolves into aesthetic value, which is found again in the elements of the single characters from master Laozi, father of Taoism, in his discourse on the harmony of the universe.
The effect of the paint dripping, achieved in a natural and spontaneous way, is considered by Weidong to be in agreement with such a doctrine: an echo of the appreciation of simple things and nature as preached by the master.
BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE SKY
By Matthew Mazzotta, Olga Karyakina, Àngel Masip
The dialogue between the Pigna area and the sea is represented here with a light-hearted game of visible and symbolic references according to an easily accessible, naïve, light and playful aesthetic.
The fish reflect within them the image of the historic centre of Sanremo, but at the same time they are moving in the architectural space, represented in a metaphysical silence. On the wall’s two-dimensional surface two different perspectives on the urban and marine landscape coexist: the first drawn on the city walls themselves and the other an external view of a far-off observer.
The artists have also attempted to give a temporal dimension to this dialogue, symbolically told in the days and nights that follow one after the other in which the Pigna area is represented and reflected in the animals in succession.