For the 2019 edition, entitled Flowing Cities, the two selected artists Yves Mettler, from Berlin partner ZK/U and Patricia Geraldes, from Portuguese partner Ideias Emergentes, will explore this year’s theme, gentrification and suburban areas. The artists will work on the transformation going on in certain urban areas in the margins of the Capital, in close contact with local communities. More in detail Latitudo chose the Corviale and Laurentino 38, two residential complexes in Rome designed in the 1970s, inspired by great architectural experimentations in the post-war period. Lacking services and separated from the city for almost forty years, these large suburban centres are still blocks of cement.
However, a change has started around them, which involves urban identity and social fabric, stimulated by new forms of community participation. As for the first year of Magic Carpets even this year two Italian artist have been chosen among the platform to develop a residence project connected to the territories, starting that way an open dialogue with the community: Elena Mazzi selected by the German partner ZK/U in Berlin and Virginia Zanetti was selected by the Portuguese partner Ideias Emergentes.
Yves Mettler has realized a workshop at the Laurentina Library Centro Culturale Elsa Morante primary school pupils. The goal was to create a fantasy comic which tell us, thanks to the children’s view the Laurentino 38 neighbourhood , with the children, and at the same time stroll and discover the curiosities and secrets of the neighbourhood with the locals.
The comic is available at the following link
Patricia Geraldes together with an heterogeneous group of child, teenagers and elders organized laboratories at the Centro per le Arti contemporanee Mitreo Iside. Each participant, using various papers and materials created their own personal diary built on the memories related with the Corviale neighbourhood. The works will be exhibited on a final show that will take place from the 17th the 22nd of June at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.