The third edition of the contemporary photography urban festival will take place from 3rd to 10th September in Lecce (Italy). This year the festival takes part in the project URBAN LAYERS — New Paths in Photography, co-funded by the European Programme Creative Europe: an integrated action with which an international network of public and private operators entrusts the cultural accessibility to the photographic medium. After the festivals in Málaga and Thessaloniki, the Salentinian territory will host hundreds of visitors and tourists: the format of Bitume Photofest (created and organized by the cultural association Positivo Diretto) is composed by an outdoor exhibition with large format prints displayed in the urban environment and indoor exhibitions in Manifatture Knos, Locali Fotografici, Bar Sette dì Sette, Whitephotogallery.
Bitume will show the vision of great international photographers, in addition to the artworks produced during the Residency program in Gibellina, which hosts six international artists on April 2016, and other activities such as workshops, book launches and performances.
At the opening on 3rd September, Sam Harris, Kalpesh Lathigra, Claudio Beorchia, Giorgio Di Noto, Denis Curti, Steve Bisson will be some of the guests.
This July, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography is involved in a photographic crossroad of cultures at a crucial moment in the European Union’s course, which approaches the historical interactions between the people of the Mediterranean and raises the question of the concept of identity.
The result of the collaboration of Italian, Spanish and Greek institutions reflected in the Urban Layers project’s activities, approaching the meeting of different cultures and languages using as a vehicle three different dimensions: Urban Layers / Residency Program, Urban Layers / Open Call Exhibition and video installation of Adrian Paci.
The theme running through all artistic activities of Urban Layers is the concept of Identity Flows, in the double sense of “flows of identity” and “the identity flows”. The task of the artists who participated in the Urban Layers project was to explore variously the dynamic nature of the aforesaid identity and to represent it back to the general public through the urban festivals in the cities of Malaga, Lecce and Thessaloniki.
The project started its journey with an artistic residence (residency) implemented in Gibellina, Sicily, an island which lies on the southern border of Europe and has become a symbol of mass migration flows affecting the whole of the Mediterranean. The result was Residency, an exhibition that includes works of seven artists, among which the Greek photographer Stratis Vogiatzis. Federica Bardelli & Alex Piacentini (IT), Claudio Beorchia (IT),Angélica Dass (BR / ES), Simone Sapienza (IT), Zamir Suleymanov (AZ) and Stratis Vogiatzis (GR) were selected by a scientific committee in which all institutions engaged in the program were participating, following an international call, which received 118 proposals from 31 countries.
Once the production completed, in collaboration with the Fondazione Orestiadi, the exhibition was presented in Malaga, Spain. In Thessaloniki, Residency Exhibition takes place in the space of Pier A of the Thessaloniki Port Authority, between June 30 and July 17, 2016.
The Open Call Exhibition presents the work of ten photographers, following an international call, and illustrating that creation of identity is a fluid, ongoing process. The works of Carlos Alba (ES, 1984), Fabrizio Albertini (IT, 1984), Dario Bosio (IT, 1988), Giorgio Di Noto (IT, 1990), Anne Euler (DE, 1985), Jorge Fuembuena (ES), Gloria Oyarzabal (UK, 1971), Alessia Rollo (IT, 1982), Ekaterina Vasilyeva (RU, 1977), Fabrizio Vatieri (IT, 1982) are being hosted at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, between July 1st and July 30, 2016, during museum’s operating hours.
In the project, also includes the famous artist Adrian Paci with a video installation that completes the artistic activities of Urban Layers. Adrian Paci reflects upon the existential conditions of dislocation, loss and the rediscovery of one’s origins with a sense of immediacy and irony by using media such as video, installation, painting and photography. Throughout his career he has held numerous solo shows in international institutions such as MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2014) and MoMA PS1, New York (2006) and won first prize in the 15th Quadriennale di Roma (2008). Adrian Paci’s video installation, “Britma”, is being hosted at the Old Pump House in Pier A, between July 1st and July 17, 2016 and will be open to the public between 14:00 and 21:00.
The flows of identities of the Urban Layers project meet refugees’ flows of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography photo exhibition “Another Life: Human flows / Unknown Odysseys”, which illuminates unseen aspects of the refugee crisis. The exhibition, curated by TMP Director Hercules Papaioannou and Penelope Petsini, presents more than 160 works of 26 photographers, most of them active photojournalists, who illustrated from their point of view the dramatic human adventure started in the troubled land of other countries to be transposed into Greek territory.
Urban Layers – New Paths of Photography
Urban Layers / Residency Exhibition
30/6 – 17/7/2016
Pier A, Thessaloniki Port Authority
Urban Layers / Open Call Exhibition
1/7 – 30/7/2016
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Thursday 10:00-22:00, Friday 10:00-19:00
Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 10:00-15:00
Video installation “Britma” by Adrian Paci
1/7 – 17/7/2016
Old Pump House, Pier A, Thessaloniki Port Authority
Operating hours 14:00-21:00
Photo exhibition “Another life: Human flows / Unknown Odysseys”
31/5 – 15/11/2016
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday- Sunday 11:00-19:00
UPHO Festival started last Saturday the exposition of photographies in the streets of the neighbourhood of Lagunillas. This festival will go on until the 29th of May. All the structures and photographies will be set up for the visitors next week. Some Indoor expositions and cultural or educative activities in this neighbourhood are also in the Festival program.
16/05/2016 – The opening ceremony was attended by all European partners who have been part of Urban Layers program in Lecce, Thessaloniki and Malaga respectively. Luigi Spedicato, director of the Department of Sociology at the University of Salento, Alexandra Athanasiadou, director of the Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki, Gabriella Guerci, director of MUFOCO, Matteo Balduzi, curator of MUFOCO, Beatrice Bambi, Valerio Nicoletti and Andrea Laudisa of Bitume Photofest; Mati Jhurri, assistant of the artist Adrian Paci; the Brazilian Hispanic artist and UPHO Residencies program participant, Angelica Dass; the direction of the festival with Cecilio Rodriguez as Project Manager and Antonella Montinaro as artistic director, and some students of the EAM Workshop.
Among other disciplines of the festival, more than 40 photographs will be exhibited in large format on the streets of the neighborhoods of Lagunillas, Cruz Verde and El Ejido. The central theme of the festival is ” Identity Flows”, the identity flowing addressing identity from different perspectives from family to religion or race… The festival has the sponsorship and collaboration of the Albanian artist Adrian Paci, whose work is located at the confluence of Lagunillas with Vital Aza, at Lagunillas Street, 20. In addition, the artist will show his work within the three festivals of Urban Layers. On the other hand, in the festival they have called several calls that led to the various categories of the exhibition shed within UPHO Festival: UPHO | Residencies, UPHO | Projects and UPHO | Photowall.
The UPHO programs | Residencies and UPHO | Projects have been carried out by an international call for Urban Layers where artists were selected by an international scientific committee to participate in the three festivals of the project: UPHO Festival in Malaga, the Photobiennale in Thessaloniki and the Bitume Photofest in Lecce.
The category UPHO | Residencies has seven selected artists for a residency program in Gibellina, in collaboration with the Fondazione Orestiadi, held in April, where they would work on the projects presented in line with the central theme of the festival and produce their works. These seven international top artists are Angelica Dass, Simone Sapienza, Stratis Vogiatzis, Zamir Suleymanov, Claudio Beorchia, Federica Bardelli and Alex Piacentini. All these projects will be presented in site specific structures designed by students of the School of Architecture of the UMA and they will be located at Plaza de la Merced, Plaza del Teatro Cervantes and Plaza de la Esperanza.
Within UPHO | Projects, Urban Layers selected 10 international artists to exhibit at these three festivals. There are 10 artists with experience and renowned internationally as Jorge Fuembuena, Carlos Alba, Anne Euler, Ekaterina Vasilyeva or Alessia Rollo. This program count also with the support of Adrian Paci and his project The Caduta which addresses the redefinition of identity in migration processes. In this category, projects will be exhibited in large format canvases on walls of buildings located at Cobertizo del Conde, Coto Doñana, Victoria and Esperanza. These streets structures will be riding along these days.
About UPHO | Photowall, you can visit the streets of the neighborhood. It is an independent exhibition program, where UPHO Festival has selected 23 Andalusian artists to exhibit their photographs wallpaper in the streets of Lagunillas. They are emerging artists with some experience at local and regional level to serve as an overview of the Andalusian art scene. A good example are artists like Soliman Lopez, Carlos Canal, Hanna Quevedo, Cyro Garcia and David Burbano.
The various exhibition categories will be until 29 May in the streets of the neighborhood. In addition, UPHO is a cross festival with a great educational involvement. Within the category UPHO | Education, the university extension course Fundamentals of Architecture and Photography offered by the School of Architecture of the UMA where students participate in the making of structures. It’s also offered in the festival, the photography course held along with Leo Simoes at School Photography Apertura. There also had been international lectures that took place at at the School of Architecture last week, one of them with Matteo Balduzzi, curator of MUFOCO, and the other one with the artist Angelica Dass.
In other way, UPHO Festival features parallel activities within UPHO | Activities that will take place next weekend as the photographic and poetry show by Violeta Niebla, the screening of a documentary dedicated to the Lagunillas neighborhood and Miguel Chamorro at the Center of Hispano Moroccan Studies, and even a photo marathon the next day May 28th in collaboration with the local journal Sur. There will also be exhibitions in UPHO | Indoor in different spaces. Example of this are Edit Profile, a group exhibition opened last Friday, where we can see the pictures of David Montosa, Antonio Navarro and Juan Carlos Martinez or the Lola Guerrera exposition at the Mercado de la Merced.
UPHO Festival aims to integrate photography on citizenship and territory that’s why they’re carrying out exhibitions and activities where visitors will have the opportunity to interact and to be part of the project. This festival has the support of institutions like the City of Malaga and the Department for Culture of the University of Malaga, collaborations such as La Térmica that supports UPHO | Photowall, Hispano Moroccan Studies Center, Los Interventores Collective, Cienfuegos Space, the Apertura School of Photography and the University of Malaga School of Architecture.
UPHO Festival, Urban Photo Festival
from 14th to 29th May 2016
On Saturday, 7th May 2016 the Urban Layers project will be presented to the public by the Project Leader, the Department of History, Society and Human Studies of the University of Salento. The meeting, arranged in the conference room of the Rectorate (University of Salento, Lecce, Italy), foresees conference calls with the other partners and presentations of the materials already realized during the project.
URBAN LAYERS. NEW PATHS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Saturday, 7th May 2016
Director of the Department of History, Society and Human Studies – University of Salento
Luigi SPEDICATO, Project leader
Loredana CAPONE, Regional Assessor in Tourism and Cultural Industries
Luigi DE LUCA, Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Cultures – Province of Lecce
Beatrice BAMBI, Cultural Association Positivo Diretto
Conference room of the Rectorate, Piazza Tancredi, 7 – Lecce (Italy)
First significant “usable” and wholly unexpected achievement of the project “Urban Layers, New Paths in Photography”, co-financed by “Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme”, at the end of the artist residencies, which involved the Orestiadi Foundation in Gibellina and 6 young international artists selected through a public Call.
Indeed, one of the works produced has been exhibited and installed on the flagpole of Palazzo delle Aquile – the municipal building of Palermo (Sicily, Italy) – Thursday April 21, 2016 – and then on the municipal buildings of Castelvetrano, Santa Ninfa, Gibellina, Salemi and Partanna. On Tuesday April 26, it will be the turn of the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo. The work is “State of emergency”, a project by Claudio Beorchia, an environmental installation which comes from the artist’s reflection about an evocative material of our times: the emergency thermal blanket, the silver and gold film given as a first aid tool to migrants arriving to the Italian and European coasts of the Mediterranean.
A simple context change of an effective everyday object amplifies its symbolic meaning so as to replace one of the symbols par excellence, the flag. Thus, “State of emergency” – in the double sense of “condition” and “nation” – claims, constitutes and implies, not only a denunciation, but also an assumption of responsibility by citizens and representative institutions, considering the political and social change which affects the European Union.
The Mayor of Palermo has also sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, to the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Junker and to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, praising “art that once again shows to be a step ahead of the policies and institutions, being sensitive and willing to raise awareness on the need for a total overhaul of national and international policies on migration”.
The other selected artists participating in the residencies in Gibellina have been: Federica Bardelli and Alex Piacentini, Angelica Dass, Simone Sapienza, Zamir Suleymanov, Stratis Vogiatzis. Their works will be exhibited in three urban festivals of contemporary photography, to be held in Malaga (Spain), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Lecce (Italy) from May to September 2016. Every festival will host, among other authors, a site specific installation by Adrian Paci.
Urban Layers aims to encourage a wide audience to foster cultural development through active participation using photography as a form of shared public art. The project partners are the Orestiadi Foundation, the Department of History, Society and Human Studies of the University of Salento in Lecce (Lead Partner), the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo, GACMA Arte Contemporanea in Malaga, the Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki and the Institute of Mediterranean Cultures of the Province of Lecce with the collaboration of the Association Positivo Diretto. (picture Igor Petyx)