Patricia Geraldes, resident of Magic Carpets Italia by Latitudo Art – Projects, qwatz external consultant

qwatz – contemporary art platform collaborates, as external consultant, in the second edition of Magic Carpets Italia, a four-years residency project for artists by Latitudo Art – Projects, co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, which involves 13 European partners.

As second resident of this edition, the Portuguese artist Patricia Geraldes studies the Corviale building-district from the beginning project (1970s – 1980s) to the current state of residential use. The artist involves children and the elderly in workshops to create a diary about their stories and their memories.

The Corviale is made up of two buildings facing each other that extend for about one kilometer and nine floors. The territory of the Corviale is very complex, inhabited by different people that have in common the feeling of abandonment and being on the edge of Rome, which seems very very far away. Over the 1200 official apartments, a series of houses illegally built in the common spaces destined, according to the original project, to shops and commercial buildings, have been added.

Patricia Geraldes works in Porto. The main theme of her research is “memory” and the materials she uses most frequently are paper, wood and ink. In her art the narration take on great importance, the same as ‘book’ object, which she often proposes in her sculptures.

Image: Patricia Geraldes around the Corviale (Latitudo – Art Projects archive).

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