Promoting Culture as an Asset initially involves the way we give value to our cultural spaces. For this reason, the artistic-editorial project IO AMO TE is a precious chance to celebrate Teramo’s L’ARCA, one decade after its inauguration, through the works and vision of six artists: Luigi Carboni, Fabrizio Cotognini, Matteo Fato, Giuseppe Stampone, Georgia Tribuiani, who have already exhibited their artwork in this venue, and the young Giuditta Branconi from Teramo, who makes her début here. A début attesting to the perfect closure of a circle, and an ideal passing of the torch, marking how, thanks to the current Administration, L’ARCA is once again a central hub for contemporary art, and a strategic place to train young generations. Teramo’s contemporary arts workshop was founded as a space devoted to research and experimentation, where the exhibitions have always been linked to qualified educational experiences.
In 2021, after a period during which the cultural program has lost momentum due to the pandemic, the City Administration resolved, with a far-sighted design in mind, to reopen L’ARCA to the public with the Pressure exhibit on contemporary art graphic, which brought the works by national and international artists back to its halls. Then, we opened a retrospective on painter Guido Montauti followed
by one on Giovanni Melarangelo. Two examples of the attention the Administration and the Councillor for Culture have always devoted to the precious artistic heritage and experiences of this territory.
An attention that, between the end of November and the 29th of January, allowed us to host the exhibit of one of the most iconic and appreciated artists of our century, English street artist Banksy, which confirms how L’ARCA’s workshop and our city have become an actual cultural landmark, even at national level. This is because Culture as an Asset has never been just a slogan. It is a change of perspective compared to the past. By investing in the cultural resources of our city and in the relationship with all local institutions and associations dealing with culture, it has become a driver of development, especially when it comes to the City-Community growth. Indeed, through the work done in these years, we opened our boundaries, emerging from a provincial dimension and opening the provincial capital of Teramo to visibility and to the comparison with national stages, by aiming on the cultural vocation of our city.
Io Amo Te - which sounds like Io Amo Teramo - is an event that can still attest how much L’ARCA is a place for contemporary art excellence, thanks to the presence of artists who work with international museum
and galleries. The exhibit also helps us ponder how the province is a precious resource, from an educational standpoint. Three artists, including two of the women taking part in the event, studied in our high schools, and exemplify the value of a school community capable of forming excellence, without any artistic subjection. Along these lines, we are very proud to welcome a project whose fundamental element is offering seminars and workshops for higher and academic education, thus creating a virtuous cycle where culture becomes a pivot to build an increasingly active and involved community.
Considering the efforts made by all the actors who contributed to the realisation of the event, I express the Administration’s heartfelt thanks to the Councillor, the secretariat, the administrative and museum managers who worked in perfect harmony with the curator Umberto Palestini, the artists and Andrea Sanchini, author of the exhibition set-up and printing of the valuable volume.
The Mayor of Teramo