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Sfera International participated in the project WALLS OF CULTURE and implemented it together with Association ARTE.M, which was the project coordinator, and EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION WORLD-OUR HOME from Latvia, ASSOCIACIO CORRALITO CENTRE DE CREACIO ARTISTICA from Spain, Connected for Future from Bulgaria and Partaking from Italy.

The YE took place in Funchal, Madeira 30 November – 08 December 2021.

Here is the description of this experience through the words of the participants:

Young artists from different countries such as Bulgaria, Latvia, Italy, N. Macedonia and Spain have participated in this project. The relevance of this project is based on sharing the differences that make us up through knowledge about the specific artistic field of Photography, Audiovisuals and Muralism. Using these techniques, a dialogue is established through the different artists and the differences that exist in their cultures.

The exhibition is a sample of the results we have reached during this process, a photographic exhibition in which we can find from portraits of the inhabitants of the island of Madeira of the people who come to visit the island. Through the discourse created with the portrait we can observe the differences that make us rich and thus celebrate our differences.

In the sample we will also find an audiovisual documentary that tries to celebrate cultural diversity, a sample of the cultural differences that exist in our society through interviews and the importance of these. Launching a claim in favor of cultural diversity and against its unification. We are all people, but we do not all have the same origin or the same culture, differences make us who we are and at the same time be part of something. The celebration of a construction of society through different cultural identities through interdependence.

The mural generated by the artists has been created through a participatory process in which all people have been able to share representative images of their cultures. From these, a composition has been generated in which we can observe the symbols that represent us within our cultures. These symbols, depending on the culture, transform their content, their meaning but in the form, they are the same, we all feel represented through the nature of our country, our ceramics, or the forms that our crafts acquire.

Perhaps the question is, are the differences ours that make us common? What is obvious is that wealth is found in diversity and not in the unification of culture.

Written by Albert Garcia Baltanas

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