Fellow 2017/2018

Luigi Coppola

Luigi Coppola is an artist who works in performance, video, and public art. He researches participatory practices and politically-motivated actions, starting by analyzing specific social, political, and cultural contexts, as in Parco Comune dei Frutti Minori (2014‒ongoing), Castiglione d’Otranto. Coppola has developed projects, performances, and exhibitions in international contexts, including: Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, 2017; Teatro Continuo, Milan, 2016; Parckdesign, Brussels, 2016; Athens Biennale, Athens, 2015; Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome, 2013; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 2012; and Democracy Biennale, Turin, 2009. Coppola lives and works in Brussels and Lecce.

Fellowship Research Trajectory

News from Nowhere, the title of Luigi Coppola’s artistic research trajectory, is inspired by William Morris’s eponymous utopian novel from 1890, which describes a society that is based on collectivism and the democratic control of means of production. The project includes the ongoing Scuola di Agriculture (School of Agricultures), a pedagogical platform led by Coppola in Castiglione d’Otranto, Puglia, Italy that combines agro-ecological learning with artistic strategies of theater, philosophy, and music, and builds upon the participatory and commoning dynamics of the community of farmers and activists who formed the cooperative Casa delle Agriculture (House of Agricultures). In a region brutally affected by industrialized agriculture, the Scuola connects to the cooperative’s work of recovering and revitalizing abandoned land, generating solidarity-based economies, and strengthening community. In collaboration with migrant and asylum-seeker associations, local elementary and secondary schools, agricultural institutes, and associations for the elderly, the Scuola is an experiment in social solidarity. This extended community of farmers, migrants, artists, activists, and citizens carry out actions and rituals arising from workshops conducted at the Scuola, to be documented in the film News from Nowhere.