Flavia Tritto has been selected as the AER artist in residence at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta Canada
Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organisation built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organisation leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From their home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends its campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.
In collaboration with The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme, set up by Professor Lucy Orta UAL Chair of Art for the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Fashion in 2015, (AER) provides UAL graduates with the exceptional opportunity to apply for short residencies at one of our internationally renowned host institutions, to explore concerns that define the 21st century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, and human rights.
Read Flavia's successful residency proposal:
My name is Flavia and I am a visual artist based in London, just about to complete my MA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins. Before starting this MA, I obtained a bachelor in Political Science and a master in International law. It was in Geneva, while I was studying law, that I found the courage to follow my artistic vocation and change my life’s path: I applied to CSM and got accepted, and hence moved to London.
In this change of field, however, I did not leave behind the motivations that had pushed me to pursue my degrees in the social sciences: an interest in the public sphere and in social issues, and the firm intention to have a constructive impact on the world I live in.
For instance, these ideas were at the basis of the Bazar Elettrico, a large scale happening/installation which engaged the local civil society in a collective reflection on social cohesion. From another angle, a strong belief in the potential of inclusive and participatory culture is the trigger of my engagement in the curation and organization of TEDxBari (IT), now at its upcoming fifth edition.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, and much of my art practice unfolds in the domain of participatory art. It is so because I believe in the social and activist dimension of art, and I think that the latter can be maximised through participation. I consider art a way of bridging the distances between peoples, and a way of creating collectively the meanings and practices for a more inclusive tomorrow. However, I also critically assess art’s conditions of communication, and I see a gap between contemporary fine art practices and the general public; my work aims to contribute to reshaping people’s interest in, and confidence with, contemporary art.
It is because of these interests that I am thrilled at the possibility of participating to your program Trainings for the Not-Yet and to the Living Agreement Symposium.
I wish to bring to Banff knowledge and tales from my past experiences in participatory art and in the cultural sector, as well as what I have learnt last summer in a short summer school at the European Academy of Participation in Marseille (FR). The latter was a great experience, but very theory-focused. Instead, I wish to use my time in Banff to both research and discuss, and to make art work. This is why I am really attracted by your program’s emphasis on both theory and practice, and why I value the envisaged studio time and the perspective of working together with international multidisciplinary participants. Contextually, I would also like to take advantage of the resources in your centre (particularly the ones of digital media production and post-production, which are increasingly central in my practice).
Lastly, let me add that your centre’s magical environment and its program’s interdisciplinary nature seem to me a great combination to blend peace of mind and creative turmoil (a mix that is hard to achieve in London).