lives and works in Turin, Italy
IN RESIDENCE at CAPACETE,
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
September – November 2016
Giulia Majolino’s research focuses on the space, considering physical and symbolic aspects of the urban environment through a multidisciplinary perspective. She investigates the role of memories and cultural representations as well as architecture and urban planning in the process of placemaking. She studies the relation between planned spaces and informal constructions, considering the ways of representing, building and living the urban space as crucial aspects concerning the constitution of identities and citizenship paths. Starting from the ethnographic experience as a deep listening of the territories and their representations, she explores the senses of places, observing symbols and practices that connect people to their places of residence. Through the observation of the urban space (shapes and uses of them), the recollection of narratives, and by sharing the research process with the inhabitants, she identifies the emotional, affective and cultural experiences that are able to build local imaginaries and geographies. In her projects, she combines the ethnographic method with artistic practices and urban interventions, involving the artists and the inhabitants in a reinterpretation of the territories, in order to stimulate critical reflections and transformative processes.