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STARE, the Italian arts residencies association for visual arts, was born to enhance residency practices as a process of research and production of contemporary culture.
Stare is an initiative launched by ten Italian residency programmes to coordinate and represent the widespread presence of contemporary art projects throughout the country, operating in specific contexts and activating paths of interaction and community involvement.
Stare’s ten founders are: Cantieri d’Arte (Viterbo), Diogene Bivacco Urbano (Turin), Fare (Milan), Guilmi Art project (Guilmi, Chieti), Interzona/LIminaria (San Martino Valle Caudina, Avellino), Limiti Inchiusi (Limosano, Campobasso), Ramdom Aps (Castrignano de’ Greci, Lecce), The Blank Contemporary Art (Bergamo), Viaindustriae (Foligno), Associazione Culturale Vincenzo De Luca (Latronico, Potenza).
Stare’s approach involves a series of training sessions on the topic of residencies, the creation of national and international partnerships in dialogue with local authorities and the Ministry of Culture to acknowledge arts residencies as a cultural institution of reference for contemporary art production and promotion, according to collaborative and co-evolving methods in specific contexts.
Over the last ten years, the cultural scenario has witnessed the exponential growth of site-related projects, which have decisively promoted artists and produced new works of art. However, from an institutional point of view, there has been a lack of recognition of the role that this heterogeneous constellation of artistic realities has played in balancing the structural problem of access to culture in marginalized contexts. Therefore, Stare aims to enhance and portray a dynamic and innovative Italian art landscape, towards which art history research is showing a growing interest.
The Association is based at Kora, in Castrignano de’ Greci (LE), a contemporary art centre in Puglia; Paolo Mele is the newly elected president, and Barbara Oteri is the vice-president.
Info at: www.stareinresidenza.it