Picking up the roots of early sindicalisti, workers’ unions and anarchist philosophy, Syndicat! invites artists, researchers and citizens to elaborate and present ideas for concrete alliances that build connections between the port cities Palermo, Tunis and Bremen, culminating in a series of performative conferences to be staged over multiple days at Ecomuseo Urbano Mare Memoria Viva.
Syndicat! is neither utopian nor an abstract intellectual exercise but a concrete experiment in action, drawing from the lessons of past failures and successes in Tunisia, Sicily and the European Union. Top-down, institutional attempts to build functioning transnational alliances and practices appear stalled and victim to mutual distrust. And yet: is it possible to federate not states but people?
The talks and discussions are divided into four thematic sections that serve as an overview of topics that are relevant across both shores, clearly presenting a shared interest: Liquid Territory, The Port City, Agrinomics and Shared History, Shared Future.
Syndicat! is part of Studio Rizoma’s contribution to the European Pavilion. Among others, visual artist Rossella Biscotti (Molfetta / Brussels), professor of architecture and urban development Maurizio Carta (Palermo), historian Leyla Dhakli (Tunis / Berlin), activist, social researcher and filmmaker Habib Ayeb (Tunis / Paris), the artists’ collective TerraTerra (Palermo), activist and founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors Eric Corijn (Brussels), the architects Medine Altiok and Stephanie Tunka (Zurich / London), the artist duo Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thompson (Paris / Palermo), the social scientist Clelia Bartoli (Palermo), the market vendors Grazia Santangelo and Carmela Scalavino (Palermo), the artist and scenographer Thomas Bellinck (Brussels), the filmmaker Ridha Tlili (Tunis), the political activist Bochra Triki (Tunis), theatre director Stefan Blaeske (Bremen), artistic director Jan Goossens (Tunis / Brussels), museum director Cristina Alga (Palermo), journalist Layli Foroudi (Tunis), art and research association Istituto Sicilia (Augusta), journalist and director Stefano Liberti (Rome), ex-assessore Andrea Cusumano (Palermo), Adnen el Ghali (Brussels / Tunis), art critic Paola Nicita (Palermo), museum director Laura Barreca (Palermo), political activists Niccolo Milanese (Paris) and Diletta Bellotti (Rome) will be on stage.