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.

‘Vado Verso Dove Vengo’ is a documentary film directed by Nicola Ragone and a video-installation that tell personal stories of Lucanians who have emigrated abroad, both old and new emigration, related to the stories of those who remain in Basilicata, with the aim of making the two communities known and recognized in a practice of a choral construction of new meanings of their places of origin through a filmic and video-artistic anthropological investigation.

Rete Cinema Basilicata (Basilicata Cinema Network) and its partners with this project intend to analyse thoroughly the common cultural, linguistic and anthropological features shared by the Euro-Mediterranean countries through the magnifying glass of cinema, using poetry as a harmonious unifying language

The Lucanian Silent Academy aims at promoting the involvement of the people who have acquired professional and educational skills in their countries of origin but cannot use them due to either their status or their pathway of integration. Exploiting the language of community art, an “arts and crafts school” will be established in Basilicata. Located in Matera and in other towns of the region, the school will rely on the close relationship between the migrants’ skills and the local  needs.

Through various actions, the project intends to deposit stories and slip into the human imagination and memories of places: the festive and collective form of dance, a residence of Albanian and Italian artists, an artistic performance in the form of a collective dinner, the exploration of places by writers, artists and scientists, together, and the story through images, words and music.