Rio Terà dei Pensieri and Mark Bradford:
On the occasion of representing the United States of America at the 57th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, US artist Mark Bradford met with Rio Terà dei Pensieri. After being intrigued and inspired by the stories and projects undertaken by the organization, Bradford wanted to visit the prison work spaces in person, meet the inmates in both prisons, and share some phases of the work with them. His knowledge and keen sensitivity with respect to the issues of hardship and social redemption led him to give life to Process Collettivo.
The project will use the world stage of the Biennale to bring attention and support to social partnership models that intervene in the penitentiary system by creating employment opportunities for inmates and those who have recently returned to freedom.
Prison work today has become a widespread reality that has spread to almost every region. The belief that even while incarcerated you can gain quality work experience, ofering people in reclusion the opportunity to have small pockets of freedom, exchange, and satisfaction, has become one that many people hold. As a non-profit organization, Rio Terà dei Pensieri is contributing to this cultural change.
Process Collettivo will initially collaborate with Rio Terà dei Pensieri for six years, with the aim of increasing employment and training opportunities within prisons and the city of Venice. Building on the existing structure with non-profit laboratories and workspaces, Bradford has promoted the opening of a shop in the historic center of Venice near the Church of the Frari. This shop creates awareness and sells goods to the public and many of the visitors passing through, ofering the handmade products made by the inmates (bags and accessories, T-shirts, and natural cosmetics).
This shop will also provide new job opportunities for people recently released from prison and will be a reference point for former inmates regarding information on services available in the city, including access to training, employment, housing and health services. All proceeds from the sales will go to support projects providing work to Rio Terà dei Pensieri inmates and new and upcoming projects that will be promoted through Process Collettivo.
In occasion of the first year celebration of the collaboration between Mark Bradford and Rio Terà dei Pensieri through the Process Collettivo project Bradford has entrusted the architect Fabiola Bazzo with a new project to highlight the various paths of rehabilitation that are being undertaken by women and men in the penitentiary system.
Read more about Mark Bradford and his collaboration with Rio Terà dei Pensieri:
Why Mark Bradford decided to collaborate with Rio Terà dei Pensieri? (Read more)
Mark Bradford: the artist and ex-hairdresser forcing America to face ugly truths about itself (Read more)
Common good by Katy Siegel and Christopher Bedford (Read more)
Rio Terà dei Pensieri – Year I
Rio Terà dei Pensieri – Year 2
STORIES AND TESTIMONIALS
«Working inside the prison is the only outlet and potential for growth that inmates have to occupy their days.»
FIRST YEAR OF COLLABORATION
STEP BY STEP
Mark Bradford collection
Limited edition bags #1
In May 2017 for the opening of the Process Collettivo Shop & Resource Center and Mark Bradford’s exhibition “Tomorrow is another day” at the 57th Venice Biennale, the Bradford Collection launched with the first limited edition bag for the “Malefatte” brand. This bag was created at the external manufacturing lab in collaboration with the American artist and his team.
For this first limited edition bag, one hundred bags were created in six versions with the essential lines and geometric aspects recalling details of Bradford’s work, The next hot line (2014).
Rio Terà dei Pensieri collaborated with the Venetian designer Isotta Dardilli on the creation of this special edition bag. Dardilli moved to Treviso in 2002 for a ten-year collaboration with Fabrica, the Benetton group’s research center, in the field of art direction and graphic design. In 2012 she founded Isotype Studio. Dardilli lectures in the Department of Design Culture, Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts at the IUAV University, Venice.
Limited edition bag #2
The new Mark Bradford Limited Edition Bag is now available!
This bag has been created to promote Art supports job training in prison, the fundraising campaign to support no profit Rio Terà dei Pensieri and its social activity.
The inspiration came from Bradford himself and in the spirit of this second edition, there is a new design with newly printed work: And so the Trojans buried Hector breaker of Horses, 2017. Rio Terà dei Pensieri entrusted the project to architect and designer Francesco Tencalla, who designed the new bag in collaboration with Giada Mambrin.
“I saw the beginning of this project. I saw the growth and development in collaboration with RTdP and the city of Venice and the opening of the Process Collettivo shop & resource center. I saw the many events that developed around the initiative, which allowed me to combine the passion for art I always felt as a child, together with my experiences of volunteering in the Brazilian favelas.
I have had to show much determination, creativity, availability and openness – on top of many sleepless nights – for something that none of us previously understood: the importance of work and how it allows people to change their lives and feel part of society again.
(…) I hope that this project can be a model for the future development of similar projects that work at the intersection of art and society. In this way, people in need can gain access to the skills and tools needed to re-integrate into society.”
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