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Room to Bloom

Room to Bloom brings together feminist artists with a migration background who create ecological and postcolonial narratives of Europe. By associating artists and creators who – too often – occupy a peripheral place in the world of arts and places who are considered to be geographically peripheral (Sicily, Ukraine, Poland, Greece), Room to Bloom aims at building a discourse on European Culture that is fully built on the experience and knowledge of the periphery and to bring it back to the centre.

ANNI: 2021 - 2023
PAESI: France, Italy, Warsaw, Kyiv, Greece, Warsaw
STATUS: on-going

AthensSYN, Museum of World Cultures, Avtonomi Akademia


Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

Whereas migrants and women, from Malevich to Picasso, from Tamara de Lempicka to Sonia Delaunay, famously contributed to the making of European Arts, their access to the world of arts remains extremely limited today.

Beyond a few famous faces, women and migrants struggle to be effectively contributing to the making of the European cultural and artistic discourse, not from a lack of ideas or capacities but because the structural obstacles they face are not of those that one can easily fight individually.

Room to Bloom recognises that it’s more than time to build on that and provide artists and cultural operators to navigate patriarchalism and racism in the world of arts and to open up the space for them to bloom in a transnational Europe.

The project promotes young female and notably artists from migrant backgrounds and provides them with better tools to operate in the European cultural scene. It focusses on postcolonial feminism and ecofeminism, and is open to all genders and origins.

Our objectives

  • Train, assist and support young artists to co-create professional opportunities.
  • Create a transnational network of feminist artists.
  • Formulate proposals for running post-colonial and ecofeminist art practices.
  • Imagine new ecological and post-colonial feminist narratives for a transnational Europe.

Programme, 19-22 November

After the great success at the Kyiv Biennale – Allied, Room to Bloom comes to Palermo for the first time from 19 to 22 November. Room to Bloom is the first platform of international artists* working with ecofeminist and decolonial practices. Room to Bloom aims to bring back to the centre of discussion themes that until now have only been marginally addressed by art institutions.
Why Room to Bloom? The platform recognises that it is time to navigate against patriarchalism and racism and to open up new spaces for experimentation and discussion around the role of art in society. It is from these ideas that Room to Bloom’s Pavilion programme starts, reflecting on the inclusive role of art institutions as extensions of common space and care.
Palermo, with its particular insular condition of periphery, centre, border and crossroads of cultures, welcomes for four days 35 artists from 18 countries, who will visit emblematic spaces of the city, transforming them into a “living pavilion” of art in motion.
All this will be possible thanks to the collaboration of local associations, Palermo artists and international artists. Curated by Marcela Caldas, the programme entitled The Palermo Living Pavilion: weaving commons out of time, starts from decolonial transfeminism and ecofeminism in an attempt to dismantle the circuits and devices of exclusion in artistic production.
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