Summit Syndicat!
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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 TerritoryThe Port CityAgrinomics 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.

Studio Wild – The Forbidden Garden of Europe

Until 26/11/2021 at Spazio Punch, Venice

As part of the European Pavilion, we supported The Forbidden Garden of Europe, a project by Amsterdam-based architecture practice Studio Wild. Presented as part of the public parallel programme of the Dutch pavilion during the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, the project takes the form of a garden of ‘invasive alien plant species’, which have been listed for their ethnic and biological characteristics and pose a threat to European native species. Using plants as a metaphor, The Forbidden Garden of Europe sheds new light on politically charged topics and tells the story of these invasive alien plant species.

The European Pavilion Podcast

While developing the European Pavilion programme, we produced a series of podcasts that contribute to a critical and creative debate on the future of Europe, and which are a first manifestation of The European Pavilion itself. Together with our guests, we discuss topics such as public space and ecology, post-national imaginaries, representation and lived experiences, or the need for a just transition.

Listen to all the episodes here.