Matera 2019

Reflections and connections

“Stratigraphy” is one of the four main exhibitions in the Matera 2019 program. It will present artistic research started in 2013 as the result of a commission by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt cultural space of Berlin, and then developed in collaboration with international scientific and artistic institutions.

Matera, the Mediterranean and Southern Italy between the 15th Century and the 16th Century

A great exhibition presented for the first time in Italy, to reflect on the Renaissance as seen from the South, based on the Mediterranean routes of the culture, arts and artists, to give a better understanding of the dialogue and exchanges between the different shores of the “Great Sea”, through which, over the centuries, the civilisations and inhabitants have made contact.

The project “Living the Opera” was designed in collaboration with one of the oldest theatres in the world the “Teatro San Carlo di Napoli”. The project intends to bring one of the most fascinating and thrilling musical genres such as the opera to the Sassi district of Matera with the involvement of about 200 citizens in the production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni.

5 original paths of Matera 2019 for temporary citizens

Visitors to Matera will be “temporary citizens” to whom we intend to offer reasons to live the city and the region in a different way, to create a relationship of exchange and mutual learning with permanent citizens.

The “People Places Purposes” project aims to change and diversify the narratives and perceptions of Matera and Basilicata, whether by discovering or living in a different way in unusual, unexplored or unexpected places, by placing at the centre of those places the people who live there, their stories and the sense they convey.

“Purgatorio” is the second part of the trilogy «La Divina Commedia 2017-2021» dedicated to the great poet Dante Alighieri. Conceived and directed by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, “Purgatorio” is a journey, a walk that will make citizens visit and revisit key cultural spaces in Matera.

The “B-stories | Storylines - Lucanian ways” project will adopt an anthropological approach to examine and create stories of both old and recent migrants from Basilicata living abroad  bringing them together with the stories of those who remained in Basilicata through participatory storytelling.

Europe is currently experiencing a complex and unsettled period in its history from an anthropological and socio-political standpoint, where recent migratory phenomena have seen men, women and children from less stable nations in the Mediterranean abandon their own countries in search of new homelands that will enable them to live free in Europe’s supposedly developed countries.

The Silent Academy is an “academy” where migrants’ skills are enhanced so that they can teach people living here the expertise they had in the countries where they come from: tailoring, carpentry, spice processing and so on.

The aim of this project is to set off a large-scale social participation in what is an extremely simple activity – walking. Walking slowly and concertedly while immersed  in both natural and human elements.