THE WORLD GATE
Walls that Unite
International Cultural Cooperation Project
“THE WORLD GATE – Walls that Unite” is an extraordinary ceramic artwork that embraces the essence of global connection and cultural diversity.
The conceptual aspect of this work is as fascinating as its visual impact.
The project was conceived as a collaborative artwork, bringing together artists from five continents, each represented by a separate panel.
Its realization was planned to span 5 years, with the distribution of copies taking place in the same year as the creation of the panels.
This synchronized timing holds profound significance as it symbolizes unity in progress.
The final artwork will have dimensions of 5 meters by 2 meters and will be composed of 5 panels, each measuring 1,30 meters by 2 meters.
“THE WORLD GATE – Walls that Unite” is an educational and artistic project designed as a means to promote the exchange of diverse experiences and the possibility of generating new shared cultural expressions through the use of ceramics and mural art as tools for socio-cultural transformation, promoting the use of visual language as a generator of communication, exchange, and cooperation through common learning.
– Develop expressive skills.
– Enhance inter and intra-personal abilities, promoting cooperative work.
– Use art as a means of communication and transformation.
– Create creative and motivating spaces for the construction of new knowledge.
– Foster independence, autonomy, and inclusion.
– Promote activities related to historical, social, and humanistic sciences.
– Support folk and public art.
– Promote education based on values and attitudes related to solidarity, dialogue, love, and respect for cultural diversity.
– Promote learning based on respect for diversity.
The arts have the ability to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.
For years, perhaps decades, they have been a powerful tool for promoting the emotional and intellectual development of those who find in artistic expression a language and a vantage point from which to understand the world and connect with others.
What is considered artistic varies depending on the culture.
In Western cultures, creativity is fundamental in the arts, while in some Eastern cultures or among indigenous peoples of the Americas, millennia-old tradition is considered a necessary characteristic of artistic practice.
Culture is a set of ways of life and customs, knowledge, and levels of artistic, scientific, and industrial development within a specific time and social group.
These organize the experiences of men and women in their social lives and the ways they see, understand, and feel the world.
Therefore, we are all subjects of culture; we share ideas, experiences, traditions, and practices that define our identity. Social groups or communities have different experiences depending on the environment in which they live and their history.
Moreover, they attribute different meanings to every aspect of life and shape their daily lives in varied ways. In this sense, cultural diversity means that there are many different ways of organizing life experiences, none better than the other, as all are unique and valuable.
The realization of this project will contribute to the interaction of multiple relational fabrics among individuals and peoples, recognizing art and education as acts of emancipation and knowledge multiplication.
After an initial phase of project ideation and planning, the selection of artists for the creation of the first panel titled “America” was carried out.
This allowed the project to start efficiently and synchronously.
A mold of this panel, as well as the panels to be created in the following years, will be made in the home countries of the participating artists, enabling real-time global connection among the diverse artistic communities involved in the project.
This approach will ensure that “THE WORLD GATE – Walls that Unite” gradually develops and becomes a conceptual gateway to the world, emphasizing its dedication to global inclusion and artistic diversity.
This choice adds a deep conceptual dimension to the artwork, highlighting the connection between the artist, their homeland, and the message of global unity within the artwork itself.
The creation phase of the artwork is the heart of the project and represents the moment when artists have the opportunity to turn their vision into reality through ceramics.
This will be possible thanks to the collaboration of diverse cultures, which is one of the main conceptual elements of the artwork itself.
Here, art is a universal language that transcends linguistic barriers, allowing artists to share and enrich their cultural experiences.
At the end of the five years, the original artwork, composed of the five panels, will be permanently displayed in Belvedere Marittimo, Italy, and on five continents in all the home countries of the participating artists.
This installation will become a symbolic “gate” between continents, allowing the public to cross cultural barriers and reflect on global diversity.
The ambition of making the artwork an icon of the Pitagora Mundus Program underscores its role as a conceptual catalyst for connecting global cultures and communities through art.
The “THE WORLD GATE – Walls that Unite” Project, in addition to promoting intercultural understanding and collaboration among artists from different parts of the world, provides a unique opportunity for the artistic and cultural development of the communities involved.
Furthermore, the project aims to support cultural tourism and the economic growth of host communities, demonstrating how art can be a driver of development and global connection.
“THE WORLD GATE – Walls that Unite” is much more than a ceramic artwork; it is a conceptual experiment that challenges geographical and cultural barriers to celebrate the diversity of our world and the connection between its parts.
The artwork itself becomes a symbol of unity through art, harnessing the power of creative expression to break down borders and bring people together.
This project represents a concrete example of international cooperation and education within the framework of the Pitagora Mundus Program of the Calabrian Institute of International Policies, promoting the connection between cultures and communities around the world through art and creativity.
THE FIRST PANEL: “AMERICA”
The first panel of the artwork, called “America,” representing the American continent, was created with passion and commitment by the artists Samantha Dunel, Nicolas Gonzalo Perez, and Florencia Pumar, originally from Luis Beltran, a municipality in the Rio Negro Province of Argentina. This panel will be reproduced in the artists’ home country, Luis Beltran, within the next year.
The creation of the “America” panel took place from July to September, thanks to the valuable collaboration of the Municipal Administration of Belvedere Marittimo and the Agorà Association , as well as the contributions of the master artists Enzo Molino and Angelo Aligia, who supervised and oversaw the artistic work.
The installation ceremony for the “America” panel will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, in Piazza Amelino in Belvedere Marittimo, Italy. The ceremony will be attended by local authorities and connected via web by the artists and the Mayor of Luis Beltran.
Artwork Name: ABYA YALA- Tierra Madura.
Clay Mural, Bas-relief
Dimensions: 1.15 x 2,00 m mounted on an Iron structure.
Artists: SAMANTA DUNEL, NICOLAS GONZALO PEREZ, FLORENCIA PUMAR
…But you put it upside down, upside down relative to what? The Earth is in space, and space has neither up nor down… QUINO- Mafalda (Mafalda 10 – 35p)
When the earth was not yet a soul and not yet a world, different hands emerge, hands that tell stories, create stories, draw mountains, travel through lakes, jungles, vast rivers, and a great sun in the middle, such alchemy invents life, a sky that guides, the Kultrum plays, clay takes shape, the fruit ripens abundantly, and a Pachamama rises, nourishing, the mother and her offspring, guardians who accompany the journey, become visible, and resist the storm.
America is a network of diverse identities, four cardinal points, there is neither up nor down, right nor wrong, we are a bit from every part, the usual ones, those who arrived, those who emerged from the earth and corn.
There is Latin America, intertwined, lands without legs but that walk, ancestors who raise their voices, we are a sea of embraces, a warp where many worlds interlock. A window to Latin America and Argentina in Italy, an Italy on our clay path.
The artwork “ABYA YALA- Tierra Madura” refers to hands weaving a small piece of what we are, our native peoples, elements that, as artists, we feel represent us: Latin America, nature as the protagonist, corn, flora and fauna, a sun at the center, a chacana or Andean cross symbolizing the moment when the Southern Cross constellation is at its highest point in the “southern” hemisphere’s sky.