MAGIC CARPETS – CITY JUNGLE
Curated by Paola Farfaglio with the Artistic Direction of Benedetta Carpi De Resmini
8 October 2022, Corviale Rome
Artists MATTEO DE MARCO – SUNNY NWUME – BERTA TILMANTAITE
On the occasion of the first year of the second cycle of international projects of Magic Carpets, a platform co-financed by Creative Europe, the artists in residency Matteo De Marco (local artist), the Dj Sunny Nwume aka Blackelektronika (Italy) and the photographer Berta Tilmantaitė (Lithuanian artist in residency for Kaunas Biennial) worked on the match of Art – Ecology – Nature themes to encourage a conscious reflection on the relationship between urban spaces and natural environment.
The aim of the project, entitled City Jungle, was to stimulate the desire to rediscover the green areas that frame the roman suburbs to be experienced as places capables of encouraging confrontation, dialogue and the sharing of emotions and experiences.
The project took place in the months of August, September and October in the roman districts of Laurentino38 and Corviale. The Final Event of October 8th was part of the Festival Città Foresta, the winning project of the “Estate Romana 2022” call, to increase the collaboration between artists and local associations. The workshops aimed to raise awareness among the public of children, teens and adults on the issues of sustainability and environmental education and on the values of living in the city.
The artists Sunny Nwume and Berta Tilmantaitė worked synergistically between the districts using two differents media, photo and audio, creating and unprecedented narrative of the suburbs. Through the recording and mixing of sounds, voices, noises and the juxtaposition of photographs, the artists managed to escape from the classic photojournalistic vision of the districts and brought external what in reality always remains still too hidden.