Memorie in Rima – Magione Community Project is a project devised by the Manifesta 12 Education Department, and realised in collaboration with Italian rapper and social worker Christian Picciotto. The project aims at involving the residents of Piazza Magione in a process of active participation and collective usage of the recently reopened Teatro Garibaldi di Palermo (Manifesta 12 headquarter and one of the venues of the upcoming biennial).
The project engages two target groups: students of the Magione-based Amari-Roncalli-Ferrara primary school, and the families living in the neighbourhood. Cristian Picciotto will organise and run a music laboratory with the students (similarly to his previous work during the Schools in Tandem project organised by Manifesta 12 last May) and will give life to a new band formed by a maximum of 10 people. This band will write, perform and record a new track, with lyrics inspired by the history of Piazza Magione. Simultaneously, Picciotto will walk around the Kalsa to talk with the families living in the area, to listen and record their personal stories, and to collect photographs and ephemera that can help trace the complex history of the entire neighbourhood. Such photographs and ephemera will contribute to an exhibition which will be held at Teatro Garibaldi di Palermo at the end of the project, with the aim of telling the larger history of Piazza Magione from the thousands of hidden micro-histories of its residents.
At the end of May, on the same day of the opening of the final exhibition at Teatro Garibaldi, the new-born band of students from the Amari-Roncalli-Ferrara primary school will publicly present the song they have created with the help of Christian Picciotto.