Bread and social equality, a journey on the 'breadline'

Project by artist to cross Italy, Greece, Serbia and Turkey

13 June, 18:15

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, JUNE 13 - A travelling artistic project by Elena Bellantoni entitled 'On the Breadline' goes through Italy, Greece, Serbia and Turkey.

    Bellantoni was the winner of the 4th edition of Italian Council, a competition sponsored by the culture ministry that supports Italian contemporary art throughout the world. The breadline that the artist is following in her journey began in Belgrade in late March.

    Both the 'breadline' and the poverty line marked the stories of these countries touched by ''bread revolts''. Bread thus does not represent only a time to come together and meet different people; it is also linked to people's uprisings that have often been called protest movements that brought together different populations in the name of justice and social equality. The project is curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini and is sponsored by Wunderbar Cultural Projects, a cultural association created by 5 professionals from the art ad culture sphere. Belgrade, Istanbul, Athens and Palermo will be the route of the artist, who will be flanked by collaboration with Italian Institutes of Culture and a network of cultural bodies, local curators in the countries of the residencies, including Belgrade's Beo Project, Athens' K-Gold Temporary Gallery, the Ignazio Buttitta Foundation and the Ecomuseo Urbano Mare Memoria Viva in Palermo.

    ''While it is true that man does not live on beard alone,'' Bellantoni said, ''I will try to push myself on the 'breadline' and give a voice and form to this line I will follow.'' She added that ''my personal song will take on the rhythm of an old typewriter on which I will transcribe my diary day by day. My notes will echo the songs sung in four different languages by choirs. Artistic work begins, for me, from meeting: in this time with the territory - of which I will follow signs and traces - and a choir made up only of women. I chose to focus on women in this project because I believe now more than ever that there is the need to take the word and give voice. I believe that this 'poetic gesture' is necessary, not only to tell of a long past of struggles and protests, but also to speak profoundly about our present.'' In every city crossed through the artist will put on a performance with an all-female choir accompanied by the 'Bread & Roses' protest song, which originates in a sentence used in a 1912 speech by Rose Schneiderman, a US socialist feminist leader, during a workers protest.

    The song will be different every time and will be translated into the language of origin of the countries involved. The final work will be a video fork with cìfour channels that will be part of the permanent collection of the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica and presented in a personal show in 2020. (ANSAmed).

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