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BJCEM and the City of Milan announce the launch of Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale, an international multidisciplinary event, taking place in Milan, Italy, at Fabbrica del Vapore, 4 Procaccini Street, from October 22nd to October 25th 2015, bringing together more than 300 artists.
Started in 1985, the Biennial takes place every two years in a different city in the Mediterranean area focusing on young artists and creators. Bjcem is an international network with more than 70 members and partners from Europe, Middle East and Africa, which, thanks to their support, make the event possible ensuring the participation of artists from the territories they represent.
The call is open to visual artists, filmmakers, writers, performers, musicians, designers stylists, chefs under the age of 35 (born by December 31st 1980) coming from one of the country listed at the end of the present call. Artists have to present one specific proposal related to the concept. The participation to the present call is free of charges and it’s open to everyone regardless of gender, religion, social and political behaviors. Artists that have participated in more than one previous edition can’t apply, priority will be given to artists that have never attended the event.
In the Visual Arts’ field are taken into consideration all forms of visual expression, realized with traditional or innovative instruments, digital or analogical.
In particular, it will be possible to present works of painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, comics, video art; installations; public art; web projects and mixed media; performative interventions within the exhibition spaces.
Besides Visual Arts, there are also other disciplines included, such as: Applied Arts - Gastronomy - Literature - Music - Show - Cinema, etc.
No Food’s Land
The nourishing process involves an exchange: something is assimilated and consumed to provide energy to something else. A cycle that can be either virtuous or vicious, depending on what you decide or have the opportunity to consume. Even imaginary works this way: it must be fed and cared of, cultivated, cleaned up from what is no longer needed. Through our work as artists, we feed our imaginary and the one of the people; we can have him be moved, have him reflect, consider, feel; we can leave seeds that will sprout out in time, creating the ground on which the future generations will intervene; we can shift points of view, provide stimuli, suggest changes.
For the last several years nutrition has mostly been spoken of in terms of health: we should instead talk about it considering an inner sense as well, with a call to reflect on how we nourish our deepest and invisible parts and how we live at the mercy of our habits, not only practically but also mentally and emotionally. As Shakespeare teaches, “That monster, custom, / who all sense doth eat, /Of habits devil, is angel yet in this, /That to the use of actions fair and good /He likewise gives a frock or livery, / That aptly is put on” (Hamlet, III, IV).
The languages of art are extremely effective in this direction, since they’ve always consisted in exchanges among human beings, often aiming to gather all those who are alive on the inside and feel the need for this exchange. Exactly this need makes us face with questions: what imaginary are we offering to nurture with our work ? What can we give to our audience? What do we wish to remain in them? And what’s the effect that our creative process is having on us? This Biennial is a wonderful opportunity to showcase innovative works, developed towards an overall awareness of their artistic action, understood as a process that develops both before and after the creation of an artpiece or the act of performing; a process that leaves marks on us and in those who share with us the time and space of our activity
Concept by Matteo Lanfranchi
Effetto Larsen Artistic Director and Founder
Title conceived by Moreno Gentili, Giovanni Maderna, Stefano Giovannoni
15 March 2015
Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale
Theme: No Food’s Land
Deadline for applications:
15 March 2015