Beatrice Catanzaro is a social sculpture practitioner and lecturer working internationally. Her projects create situations for shared learning and public participation and have been developed and hosted throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. In 2010, Catanzaro moved to Palestine and initiated Bait al Karama (House of Dignity) (www.baitalkarama.org), a long-term social enterprise / community project in Nablus. It is entirely run by women in need, for women and children of the community.
Other practice-based work has been exhibited in numerous international venues including MART in Rovereto (Italy) in the context of Manifesta 7; Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló (EACC) in Spain, the Jerusalem Show by Al-Ma’mal Foundation (Jerusalem), the Land Art Biennial – (Mongolia).
Catanzaro has been teaching practice-based research at the International Art Academy of Palestine in Ramallah since 2012. She has also been a regular visiting artist and mentor at the Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto since 2006. Lectures and participation in seminars includes: the Creative Time Summit “Curriculum”, Venice Biennale, 8/2015; Campus in Camps educational programme, Dheisheh refugee camp, Bethlehem, Palestine; University of Hyderabad and at CEPT University for Architecture, Urban Planning and Interior Design, Ahmedabad, India.
Catanzaro has also been invited artist-in-residence at Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal), Al Mamal Foundation (Palestine), Decolonizing Architecture (Palestine), Reloading images Damascus (Syria), UNIDEE Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy). Catanzaro is currently visiting artist on the Art History course in ‘Engaged Art Practices’ at the Art Academy of Brera, Milano. She is currently a doctoral candidate linked to the Social Sculpture Research Unit at the Oxford Brookes University.
Lungomare, a cultural association founded in Bolzano in 2003, was created from the desire and necessity to open a space in which to share differences, experiences, opinions and desires, a space in which to make the link between cultural production and the political and social dimension. Lungomare undertakes projects that investigate and test possible relationships between design, architecture, urban planning, art and theory, the results of which are presented in different formats: public discussions, conferences, publications, exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. All these formats are characterised by the intention to interact with cultural and socio-political processes relating to the region in which Lungomare is located.
Currently Lungomare’s activities focus on long-term residency projects, a format whereby Lungomare invites guests to engage and interact within the context of South Tyrol. Lungomare’s activities are based on three principles: specific attention to the context in which the association’s projects are undertaken, the transdisciplinary approach that distinguishes these projects, and reflection on the role of Lungomare as a cultural institution in connection with the region in which it operates.
2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo found Lungomare
2003 – 2005 curators: Patrizia Bertolini, Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Manuela Demattio, Paul Peter Hofer, Brita Köhler, Daniele Lupo
2005 – 2013 curators: Angelika Burtscher e Daniele Lupo
2011 – 2013 a new scientific committee is established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
from 2014 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2014 start of the Lungomare residency programme
Lungomare is located at the edge of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and relates to the context in which it operates, attempting to highlight the dynamics of change. Large urbanized areas alternate with broad areas of intensive cultivation and yet others of picturesque landscape, all of which penetrate the centre of the city. The city is surrounded by mountains and this is one of the reasons why the tourism industry has become a driving force in this locality. The demographic structure of the city has been characterized for a long time by the coexistence of two populations, those speaking German and those speaking Italian. However, the social and demographic composition of Alto Adige Südtirol is changing. Migrants, including those from non-European countries are making their way to the area to settle, whilst others, including political refugees, are flowing through the region.