A Visionary Camp

CAMPOSUD is a curatorial project that reflects and amplifies the legacy of Antonio Gramsci’s thought in the present time. At the center of the journey there are the new Southern Question and the concept of the South, understood not as a poetic, experiential imaginary and as response to hegemonic thought; South a space for transformation of territories through cooperative practices, alternatives to the hyperproduction that characterizes the current times. At the center of CampoSud 2021, there is the reflection on radical ecology, which not only looks at the nature and environmental aspects, but focuses on social and political ecology, relational care practices, cooperative decision-making methodologies and mutualism of knowledge as interconnected and interdependent systems.

CampoSud is a space for research and reflection in which different languages ​​and methodologies converge; a field where the multiple experiences of thinkers, activists, artists and participants, connect by the common thread of the praxis.

Born in 2017 as a response to the call issued by the Civic Museums and the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Cagliari I WANT YOU FOR MUSEUM’S ARMY: GRAMSCI in 2017 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, CampoSud. A visionary camp is inspired by the school of politics “made for everyone” that Gramsci conceived during the 44 days of confinement in Ustica. Today, in its second edition, it consolidates the legacy of the international school that came to life in the previous edition, articulating a multidisciplinary proposal, capable of involving, sensitizing and activating a wide network of artists, operators, activists, curators, scholars. 

The field moves to the MACC Museum in Calasetta. 

CampoSud 2021. A planetary ecology, lands on an island within the island: Calasetta was born from the diasporic settlement of Genoese coral fishermen who arrived in Tunisia in 1500 and which have been subsequently  relocated between Sant’Antioco and San Pietro in the XVIII Century. A postcolonial territory that claims the Tabarkinian cultural heritage, by having kept alive an indigenous musical culture, a specific productive ecosystem related to the cultivation of the grapevine, and its own language recognized by Unesco as an intangible heritage, the result of hybridization between cultures and preserved until today through municipal assembly processes. A migratory population that, while maintaining its own specificity, has revealed itself over time to be open to negotiation and to a radical porosity towards otherness. The MACC foundation, located in the town, has for years promoted a process of reactivation and cultural rediscovery of the area, combining the recovery of tradition and modernity. The city becomes, therefore, an active laboratory, which will host talks, public presentations and workshops capable of identifying new perspectives and practices.

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