'an italian architect has transformed life in a Mali village' Tamassin Ford link to The Guardian 'a unique work that reveals the need to reconsider the use of light in public spaces' Xavier Monteys link to El Pais 'recycled bikes repurposed into street lamps, provide light to the night of Mali villages' Maja Fueter link to NZZ video reportage from the villages, Sebastien Rieussec for AFP link to Die Zeit 'a fascinating research on ethnography and design' Giampaolo Colletti link to La Repubblica Mali National TV news, Fousseyni Samake

collective light for rural Mali
a project by Matteo Ferroni

With an itinerary that bonds ethnography with design the exhibition traces the origin of the artefact and its integration into the life of a community accustomed to the glimmer of flashlights and the moonlight.

By far the intimacy among tool, nature and culture makes this project a unique work, awarded with a mention of honour at the City to City Barcelona FAD Award, published by MoMA and permanently on show at the Biosphere de Montreal.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia 04.02-05.05 2014 Madrid
The exhibition was accompanied by a series of guided visits and a public workshop about the antrhopological dimension of light. Major spanish network Radio Cadena Ser broadcasted live from the Museum to talk about the exhibition.

L'Albergueria centre for contemporary art and cultural heritage
28.06-15.11 2014 Iglesia de la Pietat de Vic, Catalunya
11.053 visitors from 31 countries left passionate commentaries.
A traditional tale in form of stage reading and a series of round tables about cooperation, design and theology, were held to extend the exhibition subject to a wider debate.

We are glad to see how your work is exhibited and we are enormously grateful to you because usually when speaking or exhibiting on Africa it's done from the poor vision and this must change.
Thank you#
Diana, Malian's daughter

all photos © Alessandro Arcangeli, except Iglesia de la Pietat facade © Eva Freixa

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Foroba Yelen is run by Fondazione eLand with the support of FAD Barcelona and Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin. Concept and design by Matteo Ferroni


stage lecture tracing the story of the artefact

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