Curated by

Angelika Burtscher
Daniele Lupo
Marion Oberhofer

Location

Alto Adige

Collective Practices: A Living Experience of Feeling Listened

During the Lungomare Residency 2021, the artist Binta Diaw conceived a project based on a series of participatory actions. The actions, understood as Collective Practices, involve people with whom to generate new critical forms of “experiencing and witnessing” the local territory.

The main inspiration for the project is the text “Südtirol ABC Sudtirolo” by Alexander Langer. The text is based on a list of key words which the author thought of as “a language” to be able to narrate and describe the past and the reality of South Tyrol at his time. Despite the incompleteness of the work, the open form and contemporary nature of some of the terms have prompted the artist to re-propose them in a different way in order to reflect on and question the current territory of South Tyrol. The various collective practices, having been deliberately documented through audio, video and photos, will be the material through which the artist will devote himself to writing a new, choral and contemporary primer.

Collective Practice I

– The Land of Our Birth Is a Woman –

“If we want to create new forms of feminism, we need intergenerational solidarity, but above all we need to maintain the quality of relationships between those who were, those who are and those who will be”.

Alex Martinis Roe, in To become two

The first collective practice, called “The Land of Our Birth Is a Woman”, presented itself as a space of care, transmission and listening for women with a migrant background, residing in different South Tyrolean cities.

The meeting included the drafting and realisation of a collective patchwork, sewn by several hands.

Why a patchwork?

Textiles and sewing are vital and cultural elements that unite all communities around the world. Sewing is an ancestral practice of transmission that often involves women. The symbolism behind the act of joining different pieces of fabric, one with the other, is the foundation of the first collective practice, that is, uniting women from different communities and invisible.

The intention of this moment is to raise awareness and discuss the figure of the body of marginalised women, de-constructing the multiple stereotypical representations that support certain lines of thought.

Among the various objectives of this practice, we see “raising awareness” and “questioning” the perception and the multiple stereotypical, patriarchal and Eurocentric representations of women’s bodies.

The objectives of collective practice I:

– Local inclusiveness, as a vision that goes beyond gender, geographical and identity boundaries
– Sense of community, integrity and empathy
– Create safe, sensitive spaces based on courage, collaboration and horizontality
– Using the universality of Art

Key words from ABC South Tyrol:

– Fears
– Taking sides
– Foreign body
– Mixing

Collective Practice II

– We are Potluck –

The meeting included a collective dinner, cooked by several hands and several ingredients. Why the choice to base the whole evening on food? Ingredients and cooking practice are vital and cultural elements that unite all communities around the world. The potluck is a communal meal in which all guests actively participate. Originally, potlucks were meals created in religious and non-religious communities to emphasise the importance of sharing.

The objectives of Collective practice II:

– Local inclusiveness, as a vision that goes beyond gender, geographical and identity boundaries through cooking
– Sense of community
– Creating fluid, sensitive spaces based on courage, collaboration and horizontality
– Dialogue and confrontation through one’s own experiences
– Using the universality of art and food

Key words from the ABC South Tyrol:

– Assimilation
– Ethnicity
– Mixing
– (right of) home/living
– Nature