Leaving the mark | Second edition

A path of integration through art and dialogue
Deadline OCTOBER 23, 2018, 1 pm (Italian time)

The project

“Leaving the mark | Second edition” is a project of the Municipality of Milan realized by the International Association BJCEM-Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, in collaboration with Africa e Mediterraneo Association.

The project is designed as a path to train and raise young people’s awareness on the reality of migration and the concept of asylum, drawing a common action plan aimed at increasing the commitment against racism and all forms of intolerance and discrimination. The instrument chosen to tackle these delicate issues in this second edition is street art, a medium that allows to come into direct contact with the youngster, helping them to trigger reflections and constructive dialogue, while allowing the fruition of the artwork results by a wider public.
The edition of this year also collects and will be part of “Milano Città Mondo#04Perù“:
“Milano Città Mondo” is a research project that every year offers insights on one of the many communities living in the city. These anthropological and sociological researches are transformed into exhibitions and program events. The fourth edition of the project will be focused on migratory flows between Peru and Italy, with an in-depth analysis of the Milan’s community, which is the third largest community of migrants in the city since the seventies.

“Leaving the mark | Second edition” main objectives are to:

  • Encourage intercultural dialogue and promote an anti-racist culture among the young generations of students, with particular attention to secondary schools, through a street art laboratory, conducted by two artist-tutors (Federico Manzone and a Peruvian artist), aimed at bringing students closer to the themes related to migration and asylum, through an interactive media education methodology. The work will be highly participatory and built with the students, through moments of play-reflection and then with the writing and design of sketches for the construction of a mural, on a wall indicated by the City of Milan. The students involved in the workshop will work in sub-groups on the design, writing and realization of a mural on the themes of migration and discrimination. Starting from the initial phase of the laboratory of deconstruction and decoding of stereotypes and collective imaginations linked to migration, the moment of artistic production will take the form of a real moment of codification and creativity, in order to develop and translate the reflections carried out in class in a shared work.
  • Increase awareness and critical knowledge of young people on the phenomenon of migration and on the right to asylum, in relation to the particular migration phenomenon that Italy is experiencing in recent years.
  • Promote the talents of young artists interested in tackling the issue of anti-racism and anti-discrimination through the artistic discipline of street art, offering them opportunities for the development for their careers.
  • Promote mutual knowledge among the various inhabitants of the neighborhood on which the project will take place through micro-actions to be carried out on the territory, raising awerness based on alternative visions of “the other” through the instrument of art, enhancing dialogue and debate and triggering virtuous processes.

The call

Art. 1 // Purpose and methodology

The call is aimed at selecting 4 street artists (2 Italians and 2 international), who will be invited to the city of Milan for a residency program from November 11 to 21, 2018.

The residency will consist of a first phase made up of meetings, confrontation and dialogue, intended to brainstorm, stimulate the creativity of the artists, and find brainstorm to find useful ideas for the next step. The second phase will be the creative one, which will be dedicated to the realization of one or more street artworks directly inside the walls of one of the structures of the protection system for refugees and asylum seekers of the City of Milan.

The objective of this action is to carry out a work of real inclusion, allowing the selected artists to work, led by a tutor and a cultural mediator, with the collaboration of the asylum seekers that are present in the center, listening their voices and together imagining a mural to be created starting from their suggestions and with their help to leave a tangible sign right on the walls of one of the structures of the protection system for refugees and asylum seekers of the City of Milan. A way to make the reality of those centers known also to the outside world, raising the awarness of the public on these delicate subjects. The final event will play a key role in the dissemination of the project.

The artistic project will be realized on walls previously identified and authorized by the Municipality of Milan, with an active involvement of local communities. The selected street artists will work together with an artistic curator, Federico Manzone, cartoonist and street artist, and they will use participatory methodologies involving citizens, institutions and all other relevant stakeholders, in the construction of the artistic project.

Art. 2 // Target

The call is open to individual young artists who live or work in the countries where there are members of BJCEM Network: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Palestine, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the UK. Given the specific focus on the Peruvian community, participation by young Peruvian artists resident in the countries mentioned above is encouraged.

The call is open to artists between the ages of 18 and 35.

Each candidate participates individually, and no artists collective are allowed. Participation is free. There are no fees for participation.

Art. 3 // Calendar  

OCTOBER 23, 2018, 1 pm (Italian time): DEADLINE FOR SUMBISSIONS

OCTOBER 25, 2018: communication of the 4 selected artists. If one of the selected artists renounces or is not confirming his/her participation within 5 days, the promoters reserve the right to select another artist among the participants.



Art. 4 // Requirements for participation

In order to apply to the present call, you must send to application@bjcem.org the following documents within OCTOBER 23, 2018, 1 pm (Italian time):

the participation form filled in all parts;
– motivational letter of maximum 3000 characters spaces included
– curriculum vitae
– portfolio in pdf format sent via Wetransfer or via Dropbox link
Participation is free.

Art. 5 // The selection

The selection of 4 artists will be carried out by the organizers., and the names of the selected ones will be published on BJCEM website (www.bjcem.org) by October 25, 2018. The selected ones will receive an email notification with the details to attend the residence.

Art. 6 // Conditions for participation

Each selected artist commits him/herself to the use of the methodology indicated in art. 1.
Each selected artist commits him/herself to be available to participate in the residency, from November 11 to 21 2018, and to the final event, on December 4 2018.
Each selected artist commits him/herself to perform the works in conditions of safety, ensuring aesthetic quality and durability over time.
Each artist works under his/her own responsibility, and must take all the necessary measures and precautions to prevent situations of risk and danger that can be harmful to his own and others’ safety. It is also responsible for damage to property caused by negligence behaviours.

Art. 7 // Board, lodging and production

The promoters will cover the costs of the selected artists related to: travel expenses (round trip ticket to/from the city indicated in the application as residence place); local transportations; meals; accommodation in Milan for the residency period (November 11-21 2018) and for the final event (4 December 2018).
The selected artists will be hosted, in shared rooms, for the entire period of residence and for the final event, at the Fabbrica del Vapore guesthouse, Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini, 4, Milan.
For the production of the works, the promoters will provide consumables (paints, brushes, rollers, stationery, sprays, etc.) and basic equipments (ladders, telescopic poles, etc.).
No fee will be provided to the artists.

Art. 8 // Property and rights

Each artist assigns the ownership rights of the works created and the authorization to reproduce them to the promoters. The intellectual property of the works belongs to the authors.

Art. 9 // Privacy and treatment of personal data

By completing the participation form, each participant authorizes the printing, publication and exhibition, free of charge, of the images of the artworks.

Art. 10 // Contacts

International Association BJCEM-Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée
Cortile del Maglio, Via Andreis 18, int 18 / c
10152 Torino, Italy

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The promoters

BJCEM-Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, an international network founded in Sarajevo in July 2001, made of 55 members from 21 countries of Europe and the Mediterranean. The network includes civil society organizations, local, regional and national authorities in the European and Mediterranean area, and is also a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation and Culture Action Europe. BJCEM, with its work, promotes and enhances intercultural dialogue, contemporary artistic research in different expressive languages; offers support to youth creativity, mobility, encouraging the encounter between young artists from the various shores of the Mediterranean. The City of Milan is a member of the Network, and has historically had a strong bond BJCEM. Among the main exhibitions and international events jointly organized there are the 2012 Disorder exhibition, which brought 30 under-30 artists from 15 European and Mediterranean countries to the city, and the 17th edition of the Biennale – Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale – in 2015. An international multidisciplinary event, curated by Andrea Bruciati, promoted by BJCEM and the Municipality of Milan, in collaboration with Arci Nazionale and with the Patronage of the Cariplo Foundation. In one of the most representative places of contemporary creativity, La Fabbrica del Vapore, 300 under-35 creative artists from all over the Mediterranean area met to present their works in the disciplines of visual and applied arts, literature, performance (theater, dance, metropolitan performances), music, cinema and gastronomy.

Africa e Mediterraneo is a social promotion association in Bologna, founded in the early 2000s, with the aim of promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural cooperation between Europe and Africa. The Association works at local, national and European level, involving artists and professionals, focusing in particular on the African and migrant artists working with comic strips. The Association develops laboratory projects of intercultural training and media education, involving young students from lower and upper secondary schools throughout Italy.


“Leaving the mark | Second edition” is a project of the Municipality of Milan realized by the International Association BJCEM-Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, in collaboration with Africa e Mediterraneo Association.

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