20 outdoor site specific interventions by 20 creatives who reflect on the particularities, stories and traditions of 20 villages spread throughout Italy, one for each region

It continues throughout Italy throughout the summer, until 18 September 2022 , Una Boccata d'Arte, the contemporary art project that promotes installations, exhibitions and performances by 20 artists in 20 villages, one for each region, enhancing the encounter between art and historical heritage, artistic and landscape.

In its third edition Una Boccata d'Arte , a project by Fondazione Elpis created in collaboration with Galleria Continua and with the participation of Threes Productions, reconfirms an itinerary among open-air museums, an invitation to travel, to discover the most authentic territories and traditions of the Bel Paese.

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The map of the installations in the villages

Widespread throughout Italy, from Valle d'Aosta to Sardinia, Una Boccata d'Arte presents the interventions of 20 artists of different ages, cultures and geographical origins: Antonio Della Guardia in Morgex (AO) in Valle d'Aosta; Natália Trejbalová in Neive (CN) in Piedmont; Alice Ronchi in Montemarcello (SP) in Liguria; Alina Kleytman in Cigognola (PV) in Lombardy; Giulia Mangoni in San Lorenzo Dorsino (TN) in Trentino-Alto Adige; Lucia Cantò in Malamocco (VE) in Veneto; Riccardo Benassi in Pesariis (UD) in Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Diana Policarpo in Montegridolfo (RN) in Emilia-Romagna; Serhiy Horobets in Sorano (GR) in Tuscany; Luis López-Chávez in Panicale (PG) in Umbria; Eva Marisaldi in San Costanzo (PU) in the Marche ; Dessislava Madanska in Fumone (FR) in Lazio; Victor Fotso Nyie in Rocca San Giovanni (CH) in Abruzzo; Tommaso Spazzini Villa in Castropignano (CB) in Molise; Fabrizio Bellomo in Albori (SA) in Campania; Simone Bacco in Spinazzola (BT) in Puglia; Hanne Lippard in Grottole (MT) in Basilicata; Anna Zvyagintseva in San Donato di Ninea (CS) in Calabria; Isaac Chong Wai in Castiglione di Sicilia (CT) in Sicily; Ludovica Carbotta in Aggius (SS) in Sardinia.

A special territorial and cultural itinerary

A choral project born in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, Una Boccata d'Arte is configured as a territorial and cultural itinerary that invites the public to discover every year 20 new Italian villages, rich of centuries-old traditions and landscape beauties.

Thanks to the intimate dimension, the villages become the privileged place to give life to a close encounter with contemporary art, made special by the dialogue that is generated between the territory, works, inhabitants and visitors. The installations contribute to the growth of tourism aimed at inland areas, far from the beaten track and the circuits of art, and invite you to rediscover, with a new look, evocative stories and views scattered throughout Italy.

From local encouragement to international network

"Una Boccata d'Arte is a widespread project, national in scope and collective participation in beauty and culture which, since its birth in the midst of the pandemic, has been able to gradually consolidate its initial vocation of encouragement to local communities and world of art , to the point of bringing together today a real network of artists, curators, associations and local realities that grows year after year "explains Marina Nissim, president of the Elpis Foundation. "A dialogue that from Italy is increasingly opening its gaze also to the current international situation, with the involvement of numerous foreign artists for this third edition in progress".

Interventions born from observation and interaction with the territory

"The villages and artists form the core of the project, which derives from a careful observation of the history and landscape of the former and the research and work of the latter" says Maurizio Rigillo, director of Galleria Continua. "The time of an inspection, a short artists' residence for the first time in the villages develops in a fruitful dialogue, giving life to interventions and artistic projects strongly linked to the territory that hosts them. And it is precisely the values ​​of encounter and dialogue that have led us in particular to research and involve three Ukrainian artists , who, due to their diversity of personal experiences and language, have enriched with their projects and their testimony , the third edition of A Mouthful of Art".

20 site specific interventions inspired by the history and identity of the villages

Selected for their talent and their search for emerging voices and more established names, the artists were invited to design 20 site-specific interventions inspired by the history and identity of the villages. After a short period of residency, supported in each design phase by a local coordinator, they have given life to 20 projects that embrace the different forms of art, from painting to sculpture to photography, video, sound and performance, the result of dialogue and encounter with the community, local workers and artisans.

In the North

Starting from Northern Italy, among the numerous installations we point out Il Salmerino Viandante by Giulia Mangoni in the village of San Lorenzo Dorsino, in Trentino-Alto Adige, a path made up of ten bronze sculptures and a painting dedicated to the char, a fish symbol of the Alpine territory, which opens a reflection on climate change and the preservation of biodiversity, and Emotional restriction by Lucia Cantò in Malamocco, in Veneto, Emotional restriction, a widespread installation made up of twelve sculptures, each of which bears a sentence pronounced by the inhabitants of the village.

With Caro Montemarcello Alice Ronchi involved the inhabitants of Montemarcello, in Liguria , in the story of the sense of community and love that pervades the village, through a participatory performance and a steel inscription placed on the portal of the defensive walls. So to say by Riccardo Benassi in Pesariis, in Friuli Venezia Giulia , is instead a disembodied performance composed of a monologue projected on the facade of a school abandoned through a white laser that synchronizes daily like a clock, symbol of the village, to the cycles of daylight in the valley.

In the Center

Continuing in Central Italy, in Panicale, in Umbria, Nadine in Panicale by Luis López-Chávez is a project consisting of four paintings that return a synthesis of Cuban architecture and society and two videos based on the experiences and friendships that arose within the village during the artistic residency.

For various reasons by Eva Marisaldi is instead a widespread intervention in the village of San Costanzo, in the Marche, where symbolic places such as the theater and the oven municipal host video, sound and light installations in a path traced on the ground with chalk drawings.

In the South and in the islands

In Southern Italy and in the islands, with the installation The afternoon of life , Tommaso Spazzini Villa gives new life to Castello d'Evoli in Castropignano, in Molise, permeating its spaces with drawings, sounds and lights, while in Grottole, in Basilicata, Ruin by Hanne Lippard is a site specific sound installation in dialogue with the Diruta Church, a monument-ruin that stands out for its elliptical dome.

In Spinazzola, in Puglia, Maratona by Simone Bacco is a collective performance, a real competitive competition, open to residents and visitors, characterized by 'impossibility of winning (the perimeter of the village is only 700 meters). Finally, in Albori, in Campania, is the work Albori destined to disappear? by Fabrizio Bellomo brings back memories and stories of the village thanks to a choral intervention involving the inhabitants and the ceramic artisans.