(En)Counter Shots: The Shepherd’s Mural
2010 ‧ Le Ville Matte Residenze d’Artista, Villasor, Sardinia
- Integrative mural ‧ tribute to unsung hero ‧ painted heterotopia ‧ rural revitalisation
Commissioned by Le Ville Matte with curators Chiara Agnello, Francesca Sassu and Giorgio Murtas, in collaboration with Beatrice Catanzaro, Azienda Arno, Familia Nonnis, Familia Nicoli, Renato & Betti Marongiu, Marika Asatiani, Augusto Buzzegoli, Giulia Casula, Beatrice Catanzaro, Rita Correddu, Estelle Deschamp, Simone Bertuzzi, Simone Trabucchi, Renée Lotenero, and Chiara Agnello.
Per request of sheep farmer Agostino Argis, ten visual artists realised a 35-meter-long mural in less than 18 days. The project evolved from the unexpected encounter with the farmer and engaged the community in a joint creative process that led to the exchange of views and the questioning of perspectives. The artists listened careful to the requests of the murales owner, while integrating stylistic elements from all contributors into visual unity. The circular elements in the mural design elude to the landing pads of the next-door NATO airforce base.
(En)Counter Shots pulled together distinct social realities to meet and thrive. The farmhouse on the periphery of the community became the hotbed for vibrant material exchanges between unconventional farmer, individualist artists and municipal officials. The mural was testament to a social edge effect.