Strategy type (tool, event, training course, etc.)
Scope of the practice (local, national, international level)
When did it start?
April 2020 – ongoing
Founders: Claudia Pecoraro/Laura Mega - LAZZARO_Art doesn’t sleep
City and country
1. Describe your project briefly
LAZZARO_Art doesn't sleep is a group exhibition of international artists, who produced their works during the lockdown period, video projected on urban spaces around the world through an open call.
2. What is the aim of the project?
The initiative was born from the darkness of the lockdown and from the desire to break down the physical and psychological barriers of our homes, using the computer as the only means available, and try to connect people at all latitudes, to trust and mobilize citizenship, to allow anyone who wanted to "play" with the power of art outside the art system. The LAZZARO project showcases the art that does not sleep, the art that awakens, the art that raises, the art that is not afraid to show fear.
3. Who was involved in designing process?
The project was born from an idea of Laura Mega (visual artist) and Claudia Pecoraro (curator and researcher) and involved 60 International artists, art gallerists, art curators and many ordinary citizens not necessarily linked to the world of art.
4. If you could change something, what would you change?
LAZZARO has already showed a strong social impact and it was conceived exactly reflecting our vision regarding this difficult time in art and for humanity. We would certainly like to focus more on the social impact by collaborating and involving disadvantaged communities of all kinds in the world.
5. How do the project impact on civil society?
Both artists and citizens felt "alive" in feeling scrupulous and entertaining co-curators, through the most creative ways of projecting the video of the exhibition. LAZZARO_Art doesn’t sleep has shown that from our homes, under an artistic action with clear and precise objectives, everyone could, and can, feel part of a connected, active and non-dormant community, even part of an international movement.
6. How do you evaluate the project’s impact?
The result had an emotional impact beyond our expectations. The project has, in fact, set in motion a movement that has created real connections and continues to connect people from all over the world.
7. Is there anything else would you like to share with us?
We would like to share the feeling of enthusiasm, engagement and reponsibility spread among the people involved in this participatory project.