Our commitment to social change is expressed by cultural activism. We research, create, and communicate about socio-ecological issues that affect communities and lifestyles in rural areas in South America and southern Europe. We have worked with communities that share memories and imbalances due to developmentalism, extractivism, depopulation, and climate crisis.
In this sense, we have participated, managed, and co-produced cultural and educational projects –From arts and design– with a creative approach combining arts-based research practices, participatory process, and cultural intermediation. Establishing multidisciplinary collaborations among artistic and scientific practices, and cooperation networks between social, cultural, environmental and institutional agents.
Our background in arts, design, science, critical-theory, cultural management and mediation, is the foundation that shapes our practices and worldviews. Incentivizing social transformation through awareness and the development of new subjectivities, is key to our practices and we try for this through the intersection between creativeresearch, critical-theory, feminist-practices, social-ecology, and decolonialist theory.
Our background has given us tools and experiences to delve into art’s potential as a transformative agent. We strive for projecting our social commitment through communities and territory, that are in close relationship with their environment and their population, which favors the processes of identification, participation, self-esteem, and social cohesion.
Co-director / Artistic Director
Francisco Navarrete Sitja (Chile, 1986).
Visual artist and researcher whose work specifically engages the relationship between representation, territory, nature and non-human materialities as manifested in multiple environments, from landscape to expectations in relation to identity. His work addresses the hegemonic narratives and perception of those collective territorial imaginaries and symbolic senses attributed to the materialities that articulate those imaginaries. His intention is to interrogate the historicity of different socio-political contexts and explore the instrumental relations that underlie there.
He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Visual Arts (CL), and is a graduate of the Independent Studies Programme PEI at Museo Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA (ES). He also belongs to the international network TSOEG "Temporal School of Experimental Geography"(UK). Currently, he is part of the Doctoral Programme in Design and Comunication (Design and society. Politics, art and education), promoted by BAU Design College of Barcelona (Doctoral Unit) and the UVic-UCC (ES).
Navarrete has exhibited and worked, individually or collectively, in different socio-cultural contexts in South, Central, and North America, and South, Central, and Northern Europe, among other places.
Andrés Gallardo Cordero (Chile,1986).
Andrés Gallardo was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. He has studied Industrial Design at Universidad de Chile and holds a Master’s Degree in Research for Design and Innovation at Elisava, in Barcelona. Currently Andrés is working as a Executive Director at L’Aquila Reale Centro d’Arte e Natura di Civitella di Licenza, Rome, Italy. Prior
He has executed task as Project Manager at Inèdit Innovació in Barcelona, where he became awere about climate change, fossil oil crisis, putting focus in people and empathy reaching out to Critical Design as path to anyalise the current state and global crisis to obtain solutions based in reflexion about problems, patterns and insights. Taken the last sentences, that is why Andrés currently is part of the L'Aquila Reale team. He also is a speaker and facilitator in Eco Design, Industrial Design, as well as active Trend Researcher and Lean Start Up Facilitator. He teaches Trend Analysis and Design Research at Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona. Andrés has also been guest professor to at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he presented a course on trendwatching. In 2017, he published his first report about trends called “ Creative Spaces and New Collaborative Trends”. This project was financed by the Chilean government and sponsored by Istituto Europeo di Design.
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