A PROJECT BY VALERIA SCHWARZ & BETIANA BELLOFATTO
i Collective is glad to present Investir, a project specially developed for the Biennial Manifesta 8, taking place this year in Murcia and Cartagena from October 2010 to January 2011.
The topic of this edition is the relationship between Europe and North Africa. Our artist collective realized, how little we knew about African´s reality, except from the examples given by the press or ONGs reports. How could we create an artwork without repeating this stereotyped information?
Considering this, we decided to create a platform, a situation within the Biennial, where some other examples regarding the living, working, having fun, dreaming, leaving Africa can be infiltrated in the city of Murcia. We consciously avoid pictures, since they may provoke a momentary emotional sympathy, but they also reaffirm a reality. We believe that the stronger a picture in peoples mind is, the more difficult it is to change it. The intention is not to create ONE picture, but to show the variety, the contradiction, the multiple. Our project has two stages:
1. First of all, we would like to contact the most people from North Africa we can. Thereby a multiplicity of different people: elderly, young, students, immigrants, rich, poor, everyone are very welcome. Our main contact media will be the internet (facebook, forums, sites,etc) but we are glad to meet some people in Berlin also.
2. From our virtual conversations we will take some concepts,sentences, words, which are going to be printed on T-shirts. 99 Murcia inhabitants will wear these T-shirts for at least one week.
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inVESTIR is supported by Eventos Paralelos, Manifesta 8 and the Región de Murcia.