“I Have a Dream” arrives at the Vancouver Biennale and between all the dreams there is also one Italian. The project for a global art, peace and GMO free agriculture, born from the impulse of Indian artist Shweta Bhattade, involves the participation of thirty developing countries over the two years of the event. In the headquarters of Squamish, a large-scale installation will be presented and will feature footage of each artist representing their nations. Tatiana Villani, born in Lecce, has been invited for Italy.
Tatiana is not new to this kind of international works and realized her dream as written words in the countryside of Pietrasanta. “It was important – says Tatiana Villani – to talk about the experience of community that was taking place in Pietrasanta, where the ecological movements have managed to close the harmful incinerator in the area, and where they are also fighting many battles to protect the environment”. To build the work Tatiana has been helped by a couple of local farmers Mariano and Silvina Spravkin (also an artist), who immediately made available their land, which for years has suffered the pollution of the incinerator. But I Have a Dream has also seen the involvement of a dense group of people involved in the project of the network for Luogo Comune and other associations, including Libera that is responsible for managing the assets confiscated from the Mafia, the group Gas in Pietrasanta that takes care of a distribution network of organic products and citizens of the surrounding mountains exposing the mismanagement of the territory that, for years, have been blocked by collapses and landslides due to the depletion of the marble quarries.
The cultivation of the land lasted about three months of continuous shooting – including the beautiful final shot made from a light aircraft – to get to the video production that will remain on display at the Biennale until 2016. Meetings and presentations have been organized over the months and will continue throughout the years to give greater symbolic importance to I Have a Dream. Written words that Tatiana and all participants followed day-to-day with care and for which they used vegetable seeds of the place, the harvest of which was shared with the community during a party.
“To see the writing finished – continues Tatiana – was a huge satisfaction, but even more was to see how all those who have given their support to the work did it truly from the heart. In this type of performance is important the aesthetic factor, so installation and video, but more value has the quality of the relationships and information it conveys”. And surely the great Canadian video installation at the Biennale will attract the necessary attention on ecological problems in every part of the planet. The Indian artist hopes to involve at least one hundred countries.
“Anyway – said Tatiana – I Have a Dream has a continuous outcome. In fact, for what become flowers we pick the seeds so that the writing can go on forever and until it will be important to support the community”.
Maurizio Marco Tozzi