BJCEM > LANDXCAPES art, storytelling, landscape > Residency program in Puglia (Italy)

The International Association BJCEM – Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée and Puglia Region promote the special project LandXcapes, dedicated to the changes suffered by the territory of Puglia due to the epidemic breakout of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which has affected entire plantations of olive trees in the Region.

LandXcapes is a multidisciplinary cultural project of integrated enhancement of the identity and heritage of Salento, through the language of art, storytelling and landscape. The Provinces of Brindisi, Lecce, and Taranto have been stricken by Xylella scourge, and have now to deal with their identities. Art becomes therefore a tool of reflection and sharing of a fragile moment, linked in a substantial (and anthropological) way to the future life of the Salento territory. Art as a meeting point of two worlds: the productive one, and the cultural one. In the middle there is the territory, the landscape, a legacy to be delivered to future generations.

LandXcapes wants to give back to the public, through art and poetic narratives of the places, the sense of the transformation (voluntary and involuntary) of the landscape, in a multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial approach.

The artists selected for the residency program will be guided by experienced tutors in the indicated disciplines and will be able to visit the places affected by the Xylella, as well as meet with farmers, olive producers, inhabitants of the affected areas, academics and researchers. The works of the artists will take place on the spot, in the territories chosen for each of the artistic disciplines indicated in the call. During the residences, the artists will compare themselves with the territory and the territory will give back the artistic action produced as site specific. The selection of artists will range between various artistic disciplines: performers, writers, storytellers, videomakers, visual artists, cultural researchers and designers will address the theme from different points of view, considering also the different cultural background of each of them. This would therefore be a way to explain and raise awareness on what is happening at Euro Mediterranean level in relation to the protection and promotion of the landscape.


  • Artists between the ages of 18 and 35 can participate to this call.

  • Group applications are not admitted, but only individual candidates.

  • The call is open to the following disciplines: Performance | Storytelling | Design | Video/Photography | Public art/Land art | Visual art (painting/sculpture)

  • This call is also open to artists who have already participated in other BJCEM projects, as long as they meet the required requirements.

  • Participation is free. No fee will be paid for participation.

Artists and tutors will be hosted in Puglia Region, from October 7th to 19th 2018, through a widespread reception system, involving the farms present in the involved naturalistic parks. BJCEM network and local organizers will cover participation fees of the selected artists (travel, board and lodging).

Deadline: 15 July 2018

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