As part of its planning activity, the Agency obtained co-financing from the Puglia Region for the project proposal "Creature di Sabbia - Creatures of Sand". The project is financed by the Apulia Region - Department of Welfare, on the Puglia Capitale sociale 3.0 call.

The fulcrum of the project is an Artist's Residence on gender equality and women's violated rights, twelve years after the Arab Spring. From 23 to 27 May 2023, it will unfold through a dense programme of workshops and moments of dialectical and experiential confrontation with professors, critics and art experts. They will take place between the "S. Castromediano" Museum and the ex Convitto Palmieri - Biblioteca “N. Bernardini.
Alongside the activities of the artist residency, a rich calendar of cultural events and multidisciplinary collateral meetings open to the public.

The protagonist is a group of four female artists of Arab Muslim origin and culture - students of Fine Arts Academies - and four young women of similar nationality and religion, active in the field of intercultural mediation. The four artists selected from among those who responded to the Call sent to all the Italian Fine Arts Academies and Faculties of Arts and Performing Arts are: Mehrnoosh Roshanaei, Iranian, student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Rafika Ferchichi, Tunisian, enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari, Salma Hilmi, Moroccan, and Khatereh Safajoo, Iranian, both from the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin.

The young artists will be guests of the residence together with four female students and cultural workers, who are also of Arab culture, such as the Afghan sisters Asyra Amani and Latifa Amanitrainees in the framework of the S.A.I. Union 3 Hospitality Project of Cooperativa Rinascita, or Salento Muslims, such as the intercultural mediator Nunzia Bushra Todaro, resident in Lecce and all engaged in social studies and mediation activities with Arab culture, also thanks to the local Islamic community that is a partner in the project. They are joined by Maryam Barak, already winner of a university scholarship within the Culture Builds the Future project, promoted by the Emmanuel Foundation and today Social Media Moderator at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), who lives and works in Rome.

During the Artist Residency, coordinated by Andrea Laudisa and Alice Caracciolo, the participants will have the opportunity to put their artistic idea or project to the test, verify it and compare it with teachers, experts and Italian mediators.

The lecturers involved in the training course are: Beatrice BambidesignerLuca Bandirali, film critic, senior researcher in cinema, photography, television at the DAMS of the University of Salento; Takoua Ben Mohamed, graphic artist, journalist, illustrator, cartoonist; Valentina D'Andrea, set designer and illustrator; Valeria Carlini, spokesperson and communication manager - Italian Council of Refugees, Rome;  Laleh Davoudi, intercultural mediator; Rossana Gaddi, communication designer, researcher at the Department of Architecture, University of Chieti-Pescara; Imam Saifeddine Maaroufi, founder of the Noi Salento Association, lecturer in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence at the Higher Institute of Islamic Studies in Sesto san Giovanni; Raffaella Massacesiprofessor of communication design at the University of Chieti-Pescara;  Paolo Pisanellidirector, photographer, screenwriterI Giorgia Salicandro, journalist and writerIrene Strazzeriassociate professor of Sociology of Globalisation at the University of Salento; Donatella Tanzariello, immigration lawyer. .

During the residency, the young women will be joined for two mornings (May 23 and 27), by groups of students from the Art Institutes of the province of Lecce (I.I.S.S. E. Vanoni of NardòIISS Don Tonino Bello - Nino Della Notte .- Tricase-AlessanoIISS E. Giannelli of ParabitaLiceo Artistico e Coreutico Ciardo Pellegrino of LecceLiceo Colonna of Galatina), chosen by the principalThe work developed during the residency will be the starting point for the students to create works that in the fall, will be the protagonists of a final Exhibition, also embellished with works by some established Arab artists. These will be photographic, pictorial, drawing, design and graphic projects, tending to visual arts that will be confronted during the residency with teachers and experts of national importance but will be enriched with intercultural stimuli of a sociological, anthropological, social nature, before being produced

The work developed during the residency will be the starting point for the students to create works that in the fall, will be the protagonists of a dedicated Exhibition, which will also display works by some established Arab women artists.


Organizing Secretariat:
Agenzia per il Patrimonio Culturale Euromediterraneo – (iinfo@agenziaeuromed.itsegreteria@agenziaeuromed.it )

Project Manager:
Mauro Martina (mauro.martina@agenziaeuromed.it)

Scientific and cultural project manager:
Ettore Bambi ( ebambi@gmail.com )

Residency Curators:
Andrea Laudisa and Alice Caracciolo
( andrea.laudisa@libero.italicecaracciolo@aol.com )

Press Office:
Gioia Perrone, Emanuela Perrone
(gioiaperronepress@gmail.com ufficiostampa@agenziaeuromed.it )




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