Matera Città Aperta

2 October 2019 - 6 October 2019

Matera Square, Italy

This project is part of our Here, There & Everywhere international programme. Korean artist Soyoung Chung's installation is part of a outdoor performance in Matera, Italy - the European Capital of Culture 2019.

Matera Città Aperta interrogates and experiments with the idea of limits, which can be understood as a physical and material separation but also as a non-visible separation. Limits are linked to issues such as diversity, division, the construction of barriers, the exercise of power, but also accessibility, inclusion, participation, breaking down and overcoming boundaries.

Matera Città Aperta is a show built in episodes that develop over the course of a week in a crescendo of scenic intensity and suggestions. In the city's main square, a line is drawn which divides the Matera into two parts. In the following days, the separation becomes material, growing gradually until it becomes an insurmountable limit, a wall that illustrates the contradictions in which we live: on the one hand a hyper-connected dimension, which connects distant places and people, on the other hand a social reality in which we face increasing separations and inequalities.

2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the year in which England officially leaves the European Union, and the year in which new walls are erected to defend old borders, from the humanitarian corridor in the Balkans, to the new wall between Mexico and the U.S.A. We celebrate these events by involving the city in a dystopian provocation, with the intention of building, over time, new utopian visions.

Matera Città Aperta is a collaborative piece produced by organizations from Italy, England and Tunisia, and welcomes ideas from groups of citizens during open its open phases of creation.

Image: Courtesy of IAC Centro Arti Integrate. Photo by Deborah Russoo


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