Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture

Shame's birthday in Matera

Happy Birthday Shame: with a programme of events dedicated to the relationship between Architecture and Shame, Matera discusses how we relate built space to the values of today's Europe.

Contemporary Europe seen through the relationship between architecture and shame. Built environment becomes a yardstick for the values of today's society and a tool for investigating unresolved issues of our time, such as social housing, rural ghettos, unfinished works and suburbs.

Excellent place for this relationship Matera, a city chosen in 2019 as European Capital of Culture, but which in 1950, it seems, Alcide De Gasperi called "national shame" because of the hygienic condition in which the Sassi found themselves. 

The unfinished swimming pool of Serra Rifusa will be the space for an intervention by the Incompiuto Siciliano project by Alterazioni Video, in Matera with Fosbury Architecture, Urbz and Failed Architecture. Photo Luca Centola

The city described in the famous book "Christ of is stopped at Eboli" by the writer Carlo Levi was for a long time the symbol of a poor and underdeveloped southern Italy. Thanks to a slow process of re-reading due to the constant action of cultural associations, intellectuals, politicians and ordinary citizens, the Sassi have demonstrated over time a unique value, and built a look aware of their beauty, so as to become in 1993 UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

In this wake of progress, the European Capital of Culture 2019 presents the project Architecture of Shame, co-produced by Fondazione Matera Basilicata 2019 and the collective Architecture Of Shame to investigate the relationship between shame and architecture and discuss contemporary European values.

Farm Cultural Park and New Art Exchange will speak on the theme of "Peripheries as a Resource" comparing two European experiences of transformation of marginal places. In the photo Farm Cultural Park with an installation by Vlady

The European Capital of Culture 2019 presents the project Architecture of Shame, co-produced by Fondazione Matera Basilicata 2019 and the collective Architecture Of Shame to investigate the relationship between shame and architecture and discuss contemporary European values.. 

The project will open with a five-day event - from 23 to 27 July 2019 - entitled Happy Birthday Shame, which will include an exhibition, conferences, debates and interventions in public space.

The district of Serra Venerdì in Matera, where a method for the public space of social housing is being experimented with, through the project of the group Soqquadro and Scuola del Terzo Luogo, winner of the competition "Survey on Non-Inhabitants" promoted together with ATER Matera, Venice and Federcasa. Photo Architecture of Shame

The two main questions that move the research are: how many places today we consider "shame" could tomorrow be recognized heritage? How many others do we live in a normal way, but are against our values to the point where we can be ashamed?

Architecture of Shame will try to provide answers by combining scientific research, artistic languages and design, placing Matera at the center of an international debate on architecture, art and society. 

Opening image: An abandoned house of the agrarian reform. On the subject of rural ghettos, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Osservatorio Migranti Basilicata, Collettivo Mic/C and the University of Zurich.
Photo Courtesy Mic/C and Osservatorio Migranti Basilicata.

Event:
Matera 2019. European Capital of Culture
Website:
www.matera-basilicata2019.it
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