Residency Såm Lessinia, 2019
I’m very happy to be one with Anto Milotta, Krzysztof Swiatly, Martina Zanin one of the resident of Såm Lessinia this year.
Såm Lessinia’s residency is curated and organized by Chiara Bandino, Ana Blagojevich e Francesco Biasi.
Curators 2019 : Rafal Milach and Ania Nalecka
Lessinia is a geographic region located in the Prealpi Venete, most of which is part of the province of Verona whereas the remaining smaller part remains under of the provinces of Vicenza and Trento.
A slice of this territory constitutes the Regional Natural Park of Lessinia – a vast plateau of forests and grazing land, where nature and traditions of ancient populations blend in together. It is a land of spectacular karst phenomena and traditional districts with stone rooftops, it is rich in fossil deposits unique in the world that serve as proof of its origins.The natural park, instituted in 1990, occupies 10’000 hectares rich in history, archaeology, unique natural and geological phenomena; as well as priceless ethnographical, architectural and linguistic aspects. Bosco Chiesanuova, with a population of 3’000 inhabitants, is one of the most important districts of Lessinia and it is located 30 km from Verona.
SÅM is a triennial project based on the visual exploration of Lessinia. SAM operates in collaboration with the Lessinia Film Festival which includes many cultural events revolving around the theme of the mountain, taking place in the rooms of the gallery Fonderia 20.9 in Verona. The artist residency is now at its second edition and also includes a workshop in Bosco Chiesanuova. SÅM is a project curated by Ana Blagojevic, Chiara Bandino and Francesco Biasi.
Photographer Rafal Milach and book-designer Ania Nalecka will be the curators of 2019 year’s artist residency.The curators, together with SÅM staff, will select three artists who will be invited to work on the Lessinia territory.A fourth artist will be chosen in collaboration with Sputnik Photos collective in order to participate in the Mentoring Programme hosted by this Polish collective.
The selected artists will have 20 days, divided into two phases, in order to produce a body of work, which will be shown at the end of August as part of the 25th edition of the Lessinia Film Festival as well as at Fonderia 20.9 during Spring 2020.
I period – Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th March 2019
Exploration and research.
II period – Monday 13rd – Sunday 26th May 2019
The second phase will last two weeks and it is ought to be the most productive part of the residency.During this phase (21-26 May) the two curators, Rafal Milach and Ania Nalecka, will be on site inorder to tutor the artists in the editing, the development and the progress of the project and the planning of the final exhibition.
Final exhibition – Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019
The exhibition will take place in the Centro Culturale of Bosco Chiesanuova during the Lessinia Film Festival Opening Weekend. Moreover, the participating artists will have the chance to hold a presentation open to the public during which they can talk about their working process and the project they carried out on Lessinia.