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The effects of global capitalism and the current socio-ecological crisis have violently affected the fragility of bodies and social cohesion, in turn breaking down values, attitudes, principles, and sociocultural alliances, communitarianism and cross-border solidarity. The fragility of these social and political principles vis-a-vis emergency contexts demonstrates the urgency of their revaluation. The key to a sustainable decrease in our societies and regeneration life post-crisis.
Faced with this problem, we propose a project to address the decline of unity and trust that affects human collective identity and its relationships with non-human companions, reinforcing the solidarity and mutual cooperation based on rural communities’ material and immaterial heritage, and the similarities of way-of-life. Revaluating mutual cooperation experiences that have been invisibilized and fractured by the urban-focused, patriarchal, productivism, and profit-driven logics of capitalism. Establishing cooperation alliances based on interdependence and eco-dependency will offer actions and awareness guidelines facing uncertainty. This will offer alternatives to feel, think and imagine social cohesion from other ethics, sensibilities, and paradigms. Reinforcing sustainable solidarity values for the regeneration of post-crisis life.
Our ecological, social and political context:
Despite the Valle Ustica (Valle Dell’Aniene) having abundant ecological and cultural resources, it is a marginal territory of Lazio (Italy), with several social issues due to high depopulation, aging population, and lack of productive and entrepreneurial activities, as well as a shortage of social and cultural services that would ensure a better quality of life for the communities in that rural and mountain area.
The systematic abandonment of Valle Dell’Aniene has produced a high rate of rural and mountain depopulation, and has promoted a physical and emotional detachment between communities and villages. These have brought social, cultural, and ecological effects due to the interruption in the relationship between community, territory, and identity. Depopulation has generated a gap in the transmission of local rural and countryside heritage, on top of an economic, social, cultural, and environmental impoverishment of the community.
This has meant a progressive abandonment of a common, shared culture. Damaging social cohesion, the pre-existence mutual cooperation networks, and the quality of life and their links of inter-dependence and eco-dependence with the biodiversity of the Aniene river and Natural Park Monti Lucretilli (Regional Park of Lazio), due to there not being a recognition of their concerns and shared identities.
L’Aquila Reale is a self-managed artistic and cultural space, located in Licenza, in Valle Dell’Aniene, province of Rome. Italy. It is oriented towards research, exchange, learning, critical reflection, experimentation and broadcasting of practices and local knowledge, through the dialog between art, community, territory, and rurality. The project looks to strengthen awareness, community action and participation in the Valle Ustica, through artistic collaborative projects which link knowledge, practices, memories, issues and challenges of the rural community and mountain biodiversity-ecosystem, with different current global thought. We focus on the understanding, perception and care of life through vulnerability, interdependence and eco-dependence.
Through two main programs -”Citizen School” and “Contemporary Culture”-, the center seeks to develop different artistic and educational movements that link people, social organizations, cultural institutions, and local cultural actors, while addressing topics related to imbalances produced by rural depopulation, dependency ratios with urban areas, and climate change. This way the center wants to be a creative and reflective space focusing on social, cultural, enviromental and educational issues, oriented to analyzing, recovering, and visualizing, through art and imagination, practices, values, asymmetries and challenges of the rural community of the mountain area of Valle Dell’Aniene.
Lines of action through Arts:
Intercultural dialogue and cooperation
Formation of common identity (Local-Global)
Strengthen the relationship between rural and urban environments
L’Aquila Reale: Centro d’Arte e Natura di Civitella di Licenza is co-managed by a Industrial Designer (Andrés Gallardo Cordero) and Visual Artist (Francisco Navarrete Sitja), and 6 collaborators related to Communication, Biological Science, Arts, Social Ecology, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship: Carolina Ciuti (IT), Luz Muñoz Rebolledo (ES), Markel Cormenzana (ES), Manuela Procopio (IT), Martina Larrarte (CH), Francesca Zacchia (IT), and Joan Vila i Boix (ES).
Methodologically, each artistic and educational action is planned from/with/for the community, and collaborating with local inhabitants, socio-cultural institutions, and organizations. Thus, the project can push for activities that combine co-creation, co-research, management, education, and communication, oriented to analyzing, recovering, and broadcasting practices, knowledge, collective memories, challenges, and local issues into communes of Valle Ustica.
Each of the coming activities will be articulated through the participation of a visiting cultural producer, and the creation of a territory node with local people and organizations linked to traditional oliveculture, horticulture, fruticulture, grazing, crafts, gastronomy, farming, silviculture, industry, and ecology, by establishing dialogs through relational-art, ecofeminism, social-ecology, critical-design, and agri-ecology. Sessions coordinated by the center and the community will organize the development of processes, methodologies and artistic actions which will be co-designed and co-produced. This will result in mediation and educational intervention. The project is self-managed. We have an initial budget that has been put towards the liveability of the center’s physical space until 2021. We’re currently applying for regional and international funds to ensure its continuity.
How do we envision the scope and impact of our work in five years?:
We have a growth plan of 5 years. In 5 years’ time, we seek to have had an impact reinforcing awareness and community action and participation in Valle-Ustica. The strategic guidelines are oriented to revaluing, maintenance, well-being, visibilization, and development of local heritage. To measure the project’s impact, we will prepare surveys and periodical meetings with the community to quantify relevance, efficiency, viability, and their long term effects. As well as, using statistics to calculate the number of beneficiaries, activities and local and regional press appearances.
Our 5 years’ goals are: 1) Offering an artistic space of creation, encounter, exchange, learning, reflection, and sensibilization. 2) Contributing to the revaluation and reappropriation of local identity through the lense of gender, multiculturalism, and age-diversity. 3) Improving the community’s quality of life through artistic and educational actions. 4) Visibilization of the local material and immaterial heritage. 5) Activating sociocultural and economic development through culture.
In terms of local, provincial and regional impact, we imagine that the project will: 1)Increase citizen participation and empowerment. 2) Contribute to the generation and transmission of knowledge. 3)Foster social cohesion and inclusion. 4) Revaluate the region’s heritage. 5) Contribute to reactivate development in the region.
L'Aquila Reale: Centro d'Arte e Natura di Civitella di Licenza. Valle Dell’Aniene. Provincia di Roma. Lazio, Italia. © 2020. All rights reserved.