Lungomare Residency 2021: Binta Diaw
We are very excited to welcome Binta Diaw as Lungomare’s Artist in Residence for 2021! Starting in April, she will develop a site-specific artistic work for Bolzano. Binta Diaw (Milan, 1995) is an Italian-Senegalese visual artist. In her installations, she investigates social phenomena such as migration and identity politics, which are inextricably linked to Europe’s colonial history. In the process, she questions the transmission and meaning of cultural heritage. Her artistic work is strongly influenced by intersectional, afro-diasporic and feminist practices and reflects her personal experiences as a Black woman in a largely white Western context.
Binta Diaw studied in Milan and Grenoble. Her work has been shown at Villa Romana (Florence), Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio (Milan), Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo, Museo MA*GA (Gallerate) and Fondazione Sandretto Re Re-baudengo (Turin). She has been Artist in Residence at Savvy Contemporary (Berlin) and Viafarini (Milan).
A project by Lungomare
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.
– 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:
– Taking sides
– Foreign body
– 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:
– (right of) home/living
What´s on25.09.2021 ::: 7 – 9pm ::: Presentation #qualcosanonva + Screening “Mascarilla 19 – Codes of Domestic Violence”
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 establish 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 scientific committee established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
2014 − 2020 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2021 artistic directors: Angelika Burtscher, Daniele Lupo
Production and organisation: Ada Keller
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.