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Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities - LAIC
At the end of January 2016, Interarts (Spain) and Bozar (Belgium) launched the project “Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities - LAIC“ which has been implemented jointly by both organisations.
In a context of rapid and unplanned urban growth which causes, especially in Latin America, huge social inequalities and a deterioration of the environment, LAIC has explored, through concrete proposals, the existing possibilities to promote and strengthen the role of arts and culture as vectors of inclusive and sustainable development and to facilitate exchanges and joint actions between the EU and Latin America aimed at better integrating cultural policies and initiatives in urban development strategies. In particular, it has focused on successful projects which foster social cohesion in 5 Latin American cities: Puebla (Mexico), San Salvador (El Salvador), Medellin (Colombia), Lima (Peru) and Curitiba (Brazil).
The main activities implemented in the framework of LAIC have been the following:
Seminar “Arts & Culture for Inclusive Cities: Latin America – Europe” (Bozar, Brussels, Belgium, 22 June 2016), with the participation of 21 professionals from different Latin American and European cities working in the areas of research, collaborative practices, communities, art and resilience, art and education, art and public space, etc. For one day the Seminar participants exchanged and discussed about different art practices, social cohesion and inclusive urban development from theoretical and practical perspectives.
Workshop “UrbanLab“ (Culture Centre, Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, 15 – 19 November 2016). The workshop was a collaborative event in which over 24 artists, activists and cultural professionals organised in 5 ‘nodes’, one for each participating Latin American city (Lima, Medellin, San Salvador, Curitiba and Puebla), developed interdisciplinary art practices based on diverse themes such as learning, resilience and sustainability, reconciliation, mobility and memory in urban contexts, as well as generated contacts and exchanges of experiences with the cultural operators in Medellin. “UrbanLab” was organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia.
Exhibition “Latin American Cartographies: Art, Social Inclusion and Urban Landscapes” (Bozar, Brussels, Belgium, 19 May – 6 August 2017) of outstanding art projects and works which, through culture and different art practices, promote inclusive and sustainable development. The exhibition as the final activity of LAIC, was based on the processes initially generated in the Brussels’ Seminar, further developed in the Medellin’s “UrbanLab“ workshop, and produced by five different ‘nodes’ between January and April 2017. The exhibition showed the following art works by the ‘nodes’: “Industry” and “The Move” by Método Salgari (Mexico, Italy) and “Permanent Office for the Promotion and Management of Memory – OPPGM” by Federico Martínez Montoya (Mexico) and Fernando Escobar (Colombia), under the coordination of LAALvaca (Mexico); “CYCL’R” by Carlos Cadena Gaitán and La Ciudad Verde (Colombia), Maximiliano Nulchis Graffitti (Argentina, Colombia) and Charlotte Charbonnel (France); “Nebulagramme Series” by Charlotte Charbonnel (France); “Green Circles” and “Samaúma” by Dália Rosenthal (Brazil); “Sequence of a man walking, from the BIOPHILIA AMAZONA series” and “AguaCERO” by Oscar Leone (Colombia); “The Game” by The Fire Theory (El Salvador); “And where are you from?” by Cine de Plano (El Salvador, Spain); “Engraved stories” and “Dreams of Victoria” by Guillermo Araujo (El Salvador); “Yachay wasi: The House of Learning” by EscueLab.org (Peru), GRIS Perú (Peru), minipimer.tv (Spain) and Cartografías del Azar (Colombia); “Curillin de Medetiba: the conurbation of 1001 geographies” by Bijari (Brazil), Basurama (Brazil, Spain, Italy), EPA! (Brazil) and Deúniti (Colombia). And artworks by invited artists: “The Duel” by Humberto Vélez (Panama, UK); “Land” by Regina José Galindo (Guatemala); “Gotcha! because the enemy is an 'Other'” by Don Popo (Colombia); “MasQuerade” by Raquel van Haver (Colombia, The Netherlands). The exhibition was curated by Antonio José Guzmán.
The project LAIC has had a total duration of 19 months, and has been funded by the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, Regional Programs for Latin America and the Caribbean (Unit G2), of the European Commission.
The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of LAIC project partners and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
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