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Art Aia - Creatives / In / Residence is an international art residency located near the comune of Sesto al Reghena in the north-eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It's a place for artistic production and research that focuses on the development of the creative process and facilitates cultural exchange across borders.

Soul market.

Clowning on economical issues

Iika Hartikainen rehearsing Soulmarket in the Art Aia Rehearsal Space

Art Aia – Creatives In Residence is pleased to welcome the art project Soul Market by Iika Hartikainen and Sinikka Lumiluoto.

Performances of the project
First edition of Soul Market was inspired by the global economy, its theories and effects on everyone’s lives.

For the performance the artists studied their own habits of consuming and were living in a shared and circular economy. Performance about consumerism in the form of an economic conference took place in an amphi theatre in Espoo, Finland, June 2021.

Iika Hartikainen and Sinikka Lumiluoto are a duo of professionals in clowning and physical theatre based in Helsinki, Finland who have met met in a clown course organized by 2015 Theatre Metamorfoosi and directed by Giovanni Fusetti which led to MetaCLOWNS solo nights in 2016 in Helsinki. The MetaClowns project focused on solo and themed work. They were also interested in applying clowning in semi-public spaces together with another art form. With the support of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Iika and Sinikka created the Expert Touring performance concept in 2019 at the Kerava Art and Museum Center and made different versions in several other art museums in Finland.

Artist Mary Bluestocking Highlights Russian War Crimes by Reproducing Mariupol Plea for Mercy

Video still from “дети II” / “Deti II”.
Multimedia installation with video
component, by Mary Bluestocking, March 19th, 2022. Italy.

Mary Bluestocking is a Latvian-American contemporary artist who is currently producing multi- media work focused on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Bluestocking’s first major work as part of her For Ukraine project, is the large-scale installation “дети II” / “Deti II” (Russian for “Children II”), which is a recreation of the writing on the ground at theater/shelter in Mariupol, Ukraine which was shelled by the Russians on March 16th. Even now, hundreds are believed to still be trapped. The “Deti II” installation by Bluestocking included a drone video recording. A short-version of the video was posted on social media and is meant to serve, currently, as a vigil to the victims of Russia’s attack on the theater. The Deti series is ultimately meant as a narrative body, in direct opposition to the Russian administration’s own narrative of being “rescuers” of the Ukrainian people from “genocidal fascists”. The series pinpoints and emphasizes the critical detail of the Mariupol theater scene which makes it plain to see that Putin and his administration are guilty of war crimes. The series seeks to raise awareness among those confused by the mixed messaging, censorship and disinformation in the media and it calls for acknowledgement that Putin and his administration are guilty of war crimes. “Dety II” was conceived, and executed at Art Aia – Creatives In Residence – an art center in the Comune of Sesto al Reghena in the North-Eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, where Bluestocking is currently doing an art residency until March 27th.
Since the publication of “Dety II” on instagram, Facebook and Youtube on March 19th, “dety” pieces by other artists, featuring the word in Cyrrilic, writ large on the ground have begun to appear around the world, such as a “dety” piece at the square of the Czech National Theatre in Prague on March 22nd by a number of people including Oldřich Morys, and another “dety” piece which appeared on March 24th, at the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw by the Dramatyczny Kolektyw . The nature of the connection between these later, “dety” – installations and Bluestocking’s is yet unknown.

More about Mary Bluestocking:

Bluestocking holds a bachelor of fine art in visual art from the State University of New York, Purchase College, School of Visual Arts, USA and a master of arts in international migration and ethnic relations from Malmö, University, Sweden. She has observed five Ukrainian elections as an international
observer in the regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Dnipro and Khmelnytskyi.

Instagram: @marybluestocking

La Mezzadria (the history of Sharecropping)

Available on Google Arts & Culture artworks, artifacts, and interviews about agriculture and the history of Metayage. 

La Mazzadria. Arturo Faldi

Google Arts & Culture has recently added to its repertoire an online exhibition on sharecropping, which tells the main features through the history of an ancient agricultural center in the northeast Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia. The system of sharecropping (The Italian mezzadria) was a type of land ownership where the farmer (sharecropper) used the land of an owner (proprietor) receiving a part of the products, usually half. The exhibition recounts these years both from the point of view of the proprietors such as the Morassutti family that during the 20th century in Friuli Venezia Giulia represented a typical family of landowners stipulating sharecropping contracts and from that of the sharecroppers’ thanks to a series of interviews, historical images, and texts that summarize the modalities of this type of agricultural contract. The exhibition aims to highlight the different parts, also investigating the figure of the so-called “Padroni ” (landlords). Historical photos, a clip of a 1984 news report kindly granted by the historical archives of the Istituto Luce, images of original artifacts such as the colonial booklet, a key element for the management of income, make up a story that, thanks to the new, immersive way of Google Arts & Culture to experience art, history, and culture brings the viewer to experience the history and culture of a world that may seem distant but that, after all, dates back less than 50 years. 

Giovanni Morassutti, creator of the exhibition and founder of Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, partner of the online platform wants to raise reflections on the model of collaboration that characterized Italy during the last century, underlining how the sense of sharing and collaboration between the families of sharecroppers and in some cases also between proprietors and sharecroppers represents a value to be inspired even today. “The Mezzadria has always intrigued me,” Morassutti says. “I think it’s important to talk about it openly, also to be able to confront its dynamics, each with his own experience. 

The exhibition also recounts the transition of the spaces of the agricultural center into cultural spaces dedicated to the development of the creative process, as testified in a brief interview by John Strasberg, son of Lee Strasberg, Morassutti’s teacher and long-time collaborator, who spent periods at the Friulian agricultural center teaching acting to actors from all over Europe. 

Finally, the farmyard, intended as a place of meeting and aggregation, represents the fulcrum of the exhibition and invites the viewer to reflect on the importance of creating opportunities for exchange and sharing in a natural context where you can establish contact with simple things.

Discover the online exhibition here


Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is very pleased to be featured on Econote.

Photo by Alan Morassut

What is Econote ?

Econote is an independent magazine and a cultural association: a project born in Naples in March 2008 by Marianna Sansone, journalist and graduate in sociology, always attentive to issues of sustainability.

Read the full article by Antonio Benforte here

Climate Change Theatre Action 2021

Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence,  in collaborazione con the Arctic Cycle, presenta il progetto Climate Change Theatre Action, una serie di letture e spettacoli di brevi opere teatrali scritte da drammaturghi di tutto il mondo sul tema del cambiamento climatico e del Green New Deal. Un progetto che invita le comunità territoriali ad intraprendere azioni per  sensibilizzare sull’emergenza climatica. Il progetto e´organizzato anche dal Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts con cui Morassutti aveva già collaborato nel 2018 nella residenza Ate in pratiche artistiche sostenibili.

Le dichiarazioni di Giovanni Morassutti :

“Amo la mia terra e la pandemia mi ha fatto prendere consapevolezza di voler tornare alle mie origini. Sto lavorando ad un’iniziativa internazionale di teatro che rispecchia il mio impegno verso l’ambiente. Intendo sensibilizzare il pubblico sul cambiamento climatico e sul Green New Deal organizzando un evento sulle rive del fiume Tagliamento, a simbolo della sua autenticità come fiume morfologicamente intatto.Avevo già collaborato con  il Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts e grazie a Google Arts & Culture abbiamo fatto conoscere ad un pubblico internazionale le pratiche artistiche in funzione della sostenibilità ambientale. Spero che queste iniziative come altre a seguire possano sensibilizzare i fruitori su temi legati al riscaldamento globale, al cambiamento climatico e al rischio che sta correndo la biodiversità. Ritengo che il teatro, come tutte le arti, abbia il compito di sensibilizzare il pubblico su temi così urgenti”.

Giovanni Morassutti: “Trust and help people around you”

At the moment, I am consolidating collaborations with several international partners and with the Region of Friuli- Venezia Giulia. The activities of the art center resonate with the local community. The outcomes of my projects are usually open to the public and have received a particular interest among the local people.

I am also aiming to foster cultural tourism and community involvement. Friuli- Venezia Giulia is a culturally unique region shaped by history, traditions and art. I would love to collaborate with other local entities. I would say that at this stage, the three things that would support my effort would be to promote my cause, donate to the art center, and collaborate on our projects.

As a part of our series about stars who are making an important social impact, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Giovanni Morassutti.

Giovanni Morassutti (born March 15, 1980, in Padua) is an Italian actor, director, writer, artist, and cultural entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and representative of Method Acting, being a long-time student and collaborator of John Strasberg and having also studied with his sister Susan in the late ’90s. Since 2001 he has acted in more than 20 films, including independent films, prime time tv, and international films. In 2016 he wrote the foreword to the Italian version of Strasberg´s book “ Accidentally on Purpose: Reflections on Life, Acting and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity ”. Giovanni Morassutti is the founder of Art Aia — Creatives / In / Residence, an international art residency and arts school located in the countryside of the north-eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia that focuses on developing the creative process, holism and sustainable practices by preserving biodiversity and facilitating cultural exchange across borders.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you share with us the “backstory” that led you to this career path?

Read the full interview on Thrive Global

Residenze artistiche di art aia – creatives / in / residence

Le residenze artistiche proposte da Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence rappresentano un progetto culturale legato alle arti multidisciplinari in cui viene fornito ad alcuni artisti il supporto logistico per permettere la realizzazione dei loro progetti. Le residenze artistiche durano generalmente due o tre settimane fino ad un massimo di un mese, programmate in base alle esigenze degli artisti e al calendario delle attività del centro culturale. Il concetto di residenza artistica non è solo una cura per l’ospitalità e la produzione degli artisti, che possono trovare lo spazio, il tempo e le risorse per dedicarsi completamente al loro lavoro, ma permette anche di immergersi in un contesto naturale traendo ispirazione dal silenzio della campagna incontaminata. In altre parole, il processo creativo si sviluppa in una modalità lenta e riflessiva in opposizione alla rincorsa frenetica che caratterizza i nostri tempi. Gli artisti possono interagire con la natura fisica dell’ambiente in un’atmosfera rilassata.

L’artista Berlinese Karl Heinz Jeron nel 2018

Singoli artisti o gruppi possono fare richiesta di lavorare alla fase iniziale di nuovi progetti artistici, senza l’obbligo di presentare i risultati o di lavorare alla fase finale di nuovi progetti artistici, con la possibilità di condividere il risultato in anteprima davanti al pubblico. Tra i candidati, i giovani artisti hanno la priorità, ma non vengono escluse le richieste di artisti maturi o affermati. Durante la residenza, le persone possono risiedere presso la Art Aia – Guest House e utilizzare lo spazio e le attrezzature disponibili nel centro. Alcune residenze artistiche si evolvono anche in vere e proprie produzioni. La residenza artistiche mirano anche ad una crescita sociale e culturale della comunità locale, amalgamandosi con le esigenze e le potenzialità del comune di Sesto al Reghena e della Provincia di Pordenone. Queste residenze promuovono anche la ricerca e decongestionano l’offerta delle grandi città sviluppando la creatività della provincia e delle zone rurali. Negli ultimi anni le residenze artistiche di Art Aia -Creatives / In / Residence si sono focalizzate sulla ricerca, la produzione, il dialogo e la diffusione della sostenibilita´nelle arti, attraverso un progetto artistico innovativo e sperimentale contestualizzato in spazi non convenzionali dove gli artisti hanno sviluppato le loro pratiche legate all’ecologia. Infine il centro culturale propone residenze che combinano l’espressione artistica con la consapevolezza psicologica e la comunicazione attraverso pratiche di eco-terapia che possono portarci in uno stato di profondo rilassamento sentendoci connessi con la natura, espandendo la connessione mente-corpo-spirito. Queste residenze mirano a potenziare la consapevolezza di sé invitando la natura nell’alleanza terapeutica. Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, pur lavorando anche a livello locale, rivolge la sua proposta di residenze artistiche a livello internazionale al fine di sviluppare il turismo culturale.