|2016-2018| In Taranto, through artistic languages, Green Routes encourages mechanisms for the re-appropriation of the environment by local communities.
Funded by the “Environment and development” call of Con il Sud Foundation, Green Routes experiments with the languages of contemporary art and creativity to facilitate sustainable urban regeneration processes, with local Taranto communities being the protagonists of participatory paths for the re-appropriation of the environment.
The project is divided into different phases, characterized by different modes of intervention that involve artists, photographers, sociologists, landscape architects, trainers, architects, cultural, social and environmental operators, creating a transdisciplinary working group.
Among the various actions, one that characterizes the project is Public Scape Taranto: a widespread artistic path that has involved various cultural institutions in the area (Castello Aragonese, Ex- Convento di Sant’Antonio, MUDI-Museo diocesano di arte sacra di Taranto, Tribunale per i Minorenni di Taranto-Ex Convento di Santa Chiara, Ex Convento di San Domenico, Conservatorio Paisiello, Torre dell’Orologio, Palazzo Ulmo), composed of site-specific and itinerant works created by international artists (Guendalina Salini,Fabulism e Ammostro, Maria Grazia Carriero, Angelo Pacifico, Annalisa Macagnino e Francesca Speranza, Collettivo NoMade, Micaela Lattanzio, Cristiano Petrucci, Claudio Beorchia), called to experiment with new methods of territorial promotion and care of the city. The selected ideas foster cultural, social and emotional ties and employ artistic languages to involve the local communities, co-protagonists in the creation of the interventions.
Green Garden Collective is a collection of initiatives on public and private urban spaces in the province of Taranto, that encourage communities to reclaim unused or empty areas for the creation of collectively managed green areas. Social agriculture workshops and ecological reflections for the re-naturalization of the urban context are aimed at developing a new landscape architecture through the creation of green spaces, that can a large widespread garden over time.
Memorie Green’s video-photographic laboratories work on creating a collective memory to strengthen the identity and perceived image of the territory. Entrusted to contemporary artists, they tell the history of the places, theie environmental and artistic-cultural peculiarities.
The Green School promotes training and education in the area together with Alice Benessia, Elisatta Falchetti e Steve Piccolo to reflect on the possibility of creating sustainability paths. Students from the province of Taranto, in particular those of the Istituto Calò, are also involved in informal learning activities and of re-appropriation of the environmental and landscape heritage.
MED-Movie’s interventions explore the relationships of citizens with the environment through creative and experimental processes led by artists, professionals and experts in environmental issues. The photographers and videomakers involved (Alessandro Credo, Massimo Berruti, Emiliano Mancuso) created a personal vision of the city of Taranto: three different illustrating a complex reality, in search of a balance between the presence of the most important steel complex in the south of Italy, Ilva, and its history, the nature and the sea that surrounds it.
The work of Green Routes has mainly focused on building areas of relationship and contact with the city, the citizens, the landscape, the culture and on working with them on new narratives, interpretations and perspectives for Taranto.
Green Routes is implemented by ECCOM in partnership with AUGEO (Project manager), Bocche del vento, Ce.Fo.P. Sacro Costato – Centro Maria Acclavio Onlus, ZONA.
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