“Gangcity” documents the phenomenon of urban clusters devoid of any kind of legal controls, in order to enable processes of reappropriation and the care of private and public spaces. The project aims to reveal the reciprocal influence between the violence and geography of cities, paying particular attention to the gangs as primary groups born in, and spread throughout the urban ghettos, predominantly through the involvement of teenagers.
Encouraging a mix of disciplines and methodologies, Gangcity will be staging an international symposium and a photography exhibition in addition to a variety of events and scientific workshops. The narrative tone that emerges from the scientific analysis of the gangs complements the narration of social scientists, architects, urbanists and artists, who, along with the inhabitants, are also players in the new life cycles of urban clusters. However they’ve finally been freed from gang violence through socially inclusive practices rather than repression.
Dialogues on Spaces of Urban Resistance
Spazio Tethis, Arsenale Nord
June 23, 2:30pm – 6pm
June 24, 9:30am – 6pm
- Salvatore Esposito, Napoli, Quartiere Scampia, 2008-2010 © Salvatore Esposito/Contrasto
- Letizia Battaglia Palermo, 1976. Ucciso mentre andava in garage © Letizia Battaglia
- Donna De Cesare Chapter Three San Salvador, El Salvador Gang initiation © Donna DeCesare,1993