viadellafucina16 is a new artist-in-residence programme which takes place in a condominium in the heart of the historical district of Porta Palazzo in Turin, Italy. Through an international open call, open to multidisciplinary proposals, artists will be invited to spend a residency period in a 19th-century building, that for thirty years had been abandoned in a state of decline. During the residency, selected artists will have the power to realize their artworks in the shared spaces of the condominium, with the purpose of promoting the building’s development and of activating a dialogue among the different communities (and cultures) that inhabitant it. Winning projects will be selected by the tenants of the condominium (over 200 people of various nationalities, living in 53 apartments) mediated by a board of curators and insiders. Selected proposals will have to involve the community of the building and of the district in the design and realization of the artworks, to interpret the inhabitants’ desires, to activate new and durable forms of sociality and collective care of the shared spaces.
The condominium – a place where we experience the first form of democracy as well as the intersection point between the private and the public dominium – opens itself to the artistic practice as an element of aesthetic, social and cultural regeneration. As ancient buildings used to represent the prestige of the nobles families through the work of artists, the condominium-museum will become a symbolic place for the community to represent itself.
The place will always remain visible and open to citizens, and it will define the first international condominium-museum experiment.
The old gatehouse of this building – reopened and chaired by a team of young sociologists and anthropologists from the University of Turin – will be turned into an “art gatehouse” to receive the visitors and to gather the desires of the inhabitants.
The program will be enriched by exhibitions, events, and talks organized by Idiòt, the new independent art gallery whose name is a tribute to the famous Dostoevskij’s novel The Idiot – The same novel includes the famous quote ‘Beauty will save the world’-. In addition to that, it will be activated a tourist accommodation service and a workshop, Fucina16, managed by artists from Turin inside the shared garden.
The whole project will be studied and monitored by a group of young sociologists and anthropologists from the University of Turin, in order to make it replicable as a model.
viadellafucina16 will constitute an innovative connection between the artistic practice and the living fabric of a defined community. By actively experimenting in a small context, viadellafucina16 aims to prove how art and culture can become powerful tools to solve social conflicts and lead to a collective transformation.
a project by Kaninchen-Haus
based on an idea by Brice Coniglio
CALL FOR ARTISTS