Via Senese 68
- Democracy and community development
- International/Cultural relations
The main objective since 1905 is to support and promote (young) contemporary artists.
Until 2006 this objective was mainly focussed on the Italian-German exchange. Since 2007 we try to perceive our Italian base as a starting point to communicate with contemporary artists around the Mediterranean, create individual long lasting networks and encourage young artists in their career.
Since forced migration is also touching contemporary artists we started to create a network between artists living in Europe and those who just arrived. It is very new also on facebook: gravity for all.
Our main activities concerning the European and Mediterranean exchange are up to now very limited, almost without a budget. But with this little money we invite artists for a 2-3 month residency in Florence, initiate projekts like "Pas de DEeux" with artists from Maghreb and curators from the Northern Mediterranean (final book presentation on Marrakech Biennal 2014), cooperate with initiatives such as 98weeks in Beirut ("Alternative readings"; "Oh Seminar!") or Petrit Halilaj and his project to support young artists from Kossovo (also residency in Villa Romana). On the other hand we try to mirror our practise in Italy when having shows and presentations in Germany, for example in 2013 at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle with "Süden" / South project.
We could contribute to both networks in Germany as well as in Italy, because until now their are only very, very few initiatives focussing on contemporary artist in European/Mediterranean dialogues.
Our means are all means used by contemporary artists, in analogue as well as digital ways.
All our efforts communicating with the Mediterranean is not covered by our "historical" aims and so far not even financially supported. We could be much more efficient if we could find additional support specially for the European / Mediterranean exchange. We want to extend the Süden / South radio (developped together with Radio Papesse), we want to develop a research on indepent music around the Mediterranean, we want to give a stronger public appearance to single artists and devevlop our collaboration / research with refugee artists in Italy as well as in Germany.