VIEW > mobile archive workshop, Palestine
Between November 2012 and February 2013 Giusy Checola, Diego Segatto and Susanna Ravelli, members of the independent organization Archiviazioni, had been travelling through Palestine, Jordan and Turkey. The journey aimed to value the possibility to create partnerships for the realization of future projects which connect Puglia, Southern Italy and Mediterranean cultural basin; and on the other hand to promote and enrich Archivica, the first archive for art and public sphere in Southern Italy, which is one of Archiviazioni’s activities, including residencies, workshops and experimental frames of interaction and narration, like temporary editorial units.
During this first travel they spent a longer time in Palestine for the development of a partnership with Campus in Camps programme where Archiviazioni is going to initiate projects based on the generative character of its mobile archive and on the modality of editorial units, meant both as a communal learning educational experience, as well as an exchange opportunity for the future between artistic and interdisciplinary experiences from Puglia and the initiatives in progress at Dheisheh Refugee Camp (Bethlehem, Palestine).
Campus in Camps initiative “begun in January 2012, engaging young participants in a two-year program dealing with new forms of visual and cultural representation of refugee camps after more than 60 years of displacement. The aim is to provide young motivated Palestinian refugees who are interested in giving their community the intellectual space and necessary infrastructure to facilitate these debates and translate them into practical community-driven projects that will incarnate representational practices and make them visible in the camps. What is at stake in this program is the possibility for the participants to realize interventions in camps without normalizing their conditions or simply blending the camp with the rest of the city. [We] believe that the future of the refugee camps and their associated spatial, social and political regime force us to re-think the very idea of the city as a space of political representation through the consideration of the camp as a counter-laboratory for new spatial and social practices.”
The starting point of the current critical approach is a supposed and forced “universality” of meanings, linguistic codes and cognitive structures in Mediterranean and Southern countries, confronted with the development and promotion of experimental ways to produce knowledge based on personal experiences, on the development of a wider critical spirit and a common ground of discussion and planning, generated by a branch of the artistic research and practice and the interaction with other disciplines concering the public domain.