KILEKRONIK – From Tuesday 28 June to Sunday 3 July, the five artistic homes in “Beica ben! Improve and tell the Occitan identity of the Grana and Maira valleys “promoted by the municipality of Caraglio (leading body) and by the Filatoio Rosso di Caraglio Foundation, the municipality of Celle di Macra, the Espaci Occitan Association, La Cevitou Association and Floema Cooperative to deepen and promote the cultural, naturalistic and landscape heritage and the tourist offer in the Grana and Maira valleys and especially the Occitan cultural identity that unites the two territories.
The artistic residences, curated by art critic Olga Gambari, involve Lavinia Raccanello in relation to the eco-museum of Alta Valle Maira in the areas of Celle di Macra and Macra; Tommaso Rinaldi, aka High files, at Sòn de Lenga – Espaci Occitan Museum in Dronero, Saverio Todaro at Terra del Castelmagno Ecomuseum in Monterosso Grana, Silvia Capiluppi at Filatoio in Caraglio, while LabPerm in “Acqua Viva” Biopark in Caraglio. At the end of the summer, a traveling event for restitution to the public will be held in the same places as the homes, with a presentation of the works created by the artists. Works that will mix artistic language and practice, from sculpture to sound, video and performance, with a 360 ° look at what is the most modern art scene going on.
The project was carried out with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation as part of the call for proposals «In luce. Improve and share the cultural identities of the areas “in the mission Create attraction for the cultural goal, which aims at the cultural and creative improvement of the areas of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta, making them more useful and attractive to the people living there and to the tourists with a view to socially and economically sustainable development. “The Maira and Granada valleys are a soul with different souls – explains curator Olga Gambari – A unity consisting of plurality, specificity of a wealth fell into several voices, which together provide a unique landscape to be discovered and deepened, as the interpretation of contemporary art can provide sounds and forms of empathic narratives with the public. The homes want to create awareness and give life to open readings that enter into dialogue with the residents of the valleys themselves and with the tourists who want to visit them ”.
The “Beica Ben” project focuses on the need to activate approaches and methods to create cultural insights and a tourist offer influenced by the Occitan tradition, which are effective in first and foremost addressing sweet, responsible and sustainable tourism destinations and involving the territory that not at the level of a single place, but as a whole, including economic actors and civilian structures. One of the goals is to connect the various cultural sites’ supply of infrastructures and services to increase their energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, as well as to network the various sites with the rest of the outdoor, hospitality and commercial tourism system. The artistic residences will also make it possible to strengthen cultural places through a participatory and common path between local communities and external artists in order to build an effective storytelling strategy.
The artists and the female artists
Lavinia Raccanello | Eco-museum in the Upper Maira Valley in Celle di Macra
Lavinia Raccanello is an Italian artist and sculptor whose practice focuses on the relationship between people, society and social justice, with particular emphasis on the power of dialectical and participatory practice and the conflict between state power and autonomy and personal responsibility. With a background in European and transnational law, Lavinia graduated with honors in painting and visual arts in 2012 with a study of civil disobedience and resistance in the arts. Since 2011, his work has been exhibited at group exhibitions in Italy, Spain, USA, India, Chile, UK, Finland, Portugal, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland and France, as well as solo exhibitions in Glasgow, New York, Turin, Milan and Romainmôtier. He has also participated in several artist residency programs at the Spinola Banna per l’Arte Foundation (Italy), the Many Studio Graduate Residency Program (UK), the Flux Factory (USA), the Many Mini Residency (Mexico), De Liceiras 18 (Porto, Portugal), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (UK), Summer School of Engaged Art (Germany) and Arc Artist Residency (Switzerland). laviniaraccanello.it.
Tommaso Rinaldi, aka High Files Visuals | Son of Lenga / Espaci Occitan Museum
Tommaso Rinaldi, aka High Files, visual artist, techno-artist, vj. He works as a visual artist and stage designer with the major organizations of music events in Turin and Alessandria. After studying scenography at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, she specializes in Live Cinema Performance and Vj set, Video Mapping and Digital Dramaturgy. Since 2016, he has participated in international Visual Art Festivals such as LPM Live Performers Meeting, Pomezia Light Festival, Genius Loci Weimar, RGB Light Experience and won the VJ ART category in the video mapping competition of Odessa Light Fest 2017. He is currently Professor in Dramaturgy Multimedia at the Alma Artist Academy of Pisa. instagram.com/highfilesvisuals.
Saverio Todaro | Terra del Castelmagno Ecological Museum in Monterosso Grana
Saverio Todaro, born in Bern, lives in Turin, where he studied at the art school and at the Academy of Fine Arts in connection with sculpture. Inspired by the codes of biology and communication, in the early nineties he began exhibiting typewriters, cutting boards, and steel DNA. Currently, his research is attracted to the scenarios that arise from the global connection and the control he exercises over the world: the management of knowledge, the subject’s identity, social relations, economics, religion, the history in which man today writes the ether. . saveriotodaro.com
Silvia Capiluppi | Filatoio di Caraglio
Silvia Capiluppi is an artist, architect, naturopath and yoga teacher. For years he has carried out a major project underway, inclusive and community, with the aim of creating sheets embroidered with red thread bearing names, thoughts, characters. Common diaries about past and present, where the threads of the stories are intertwined in a large collective history and in open writing. People near and far are invited to embroider their name and a graphic sign on white sheets of red thread. Of these, many other workshop projects have sprouted. Embroidery as a practice of sharing and meditation is a kind of collective prayer that has its roots in ancient activities that are common to different cultures of the world. The same common thread is often found in different contexts for practical and ritual use. lenzuolisospesi.com
LabPerm | Biopark “Acqua Viva” in Caraglio
LabPerm, founded in ’97 by Domenico Castaldo and based on the former cemetery of San Pietro in Vincoli in Turin, today presents itself as a group of five actors (Domenico Castaldo, Ginevra Giachetti, Marta Laneri, Rui Alber Padul and Natalia Sangiorgio). In addition to the original productions, the LabPerm group is the founder of LUPA Free University on the Person in Harmony, a free university (in expansion), which promotes a diversity of teaching about the actor’s art, and which involves a diversity of teachers (authors and poets, actors, theater historians, psychologists). An idea of popular theater, according to which popular art can not fail to be a solid example of truth, humanity and sometimes of spirituality. “The word people gives an idea of humanity and simplicity, of union, of people associated with intentions, who know how to respect each other, who respect an ethic.” Educated at the Teatro Stabile in Turin in ’93, Domenico Castaldo worked from ’95 to ’97 at the Pontedera Workcenter with Jerzy Grotowsky and Thomas Richards. www.labperm.it.
She is a freelance curator, art critic and journalist. She has collaborated with the newspaper La Repubblica since 1996, and with Il Giornale dell’Arte, she has collaborated for fifteen years with the magazine Flash Art. She was the director responsible for the artesera.it editorial project. Since 2013, she has been the artistic director of The Others Art Fair in three editions. Since 2015, she has been the artistic director of the international independent art network NESXT. He directed Paratissima in 2021. He has developed dozens of curatorial projects for private spaces and public institutions. He is a lecturer at IED – European Institute of Design. He has worked with many young artists as well as with historical, Italian and international names. The idea of art as a place for interdisciplinary experiments, a laboratory for practice and the public space at the center of his research and planning.