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"Fight-specific Isola" tells the story of people struggling against gentrification. Let's share socio-political and artistic knowledge!

"Fight - specific Isola.

Art, Architecture, Activism and the Future of the City." 

A book edited by Isola Art Center, published by Archive Books, Berlin.

The Tale and its Book 

Not long ago, Isola was a former industrial site and part of Milan’s “green lung,” one of these rare areas in the city that contains parks and gardens. The population there grew to become very diverse, including multi-cultural groups, working and upper-middle class people, craftsmen, merchants, artists and intellectuals. And of course a few criminals as well. 

However, Isola, meaning island in Italian, saw recent urban development by business interests that had little concern for the needs of the local community. As a response, artists, curators, philosophers and activists around the world decided to create and experiment with innovative strategies for alternative urban transformation over the last ten years with the Isola Art Center. They did not prevent, unfortunately, the city of Milan from demolishing “La Stecca degli Artigiani” and its surrounding parks, the place they all gathered. In its place, major construction projects by Italian and American corporations are being built to take advantage of the real estate boom expected by the Expo 2015. 

Please join us in the fight! 

We are creating a book to document the stories of the communities living in Isola and all the people who joined them. Their daily life unites them in their struggles with big and small actions as well as their visions, desires and dreams. More than their local experience though, the book will also present thoughts and experiences, conclusions and ideas for innovative development strategies by artists and writers, sociologists and philosophers, architects and urban planners, who have shared our adventure. 

And we want this book to be produced and distributed the same way it was made: in a collective effort to share our concern and passion.

Our project is supported by the help of the following organizations: the Casino Luxembourg; Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg; the FfAI - Foundation for Arts Initiatives, New York; Fonds culturel national, Luxembourg; Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan; Gallery Bianconi, Milan; LaRete Art Projects, Modena; Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Mudam - Musée d’art moderne, Luxembourg; and the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

...And of course by the artists who donated their works as benefits for our Kickstarter project! 

Why should you support us? 

Just as in Isola, gentrification has occurred around the world over the last decade. We believe we need to raise awareness and encourage people to join forces with like-minded people to fight for a quality of life that is not induced by the social engineering of big corporations. We want you to help us make this history and these experiences.

Please join us in our cause! No gift is too small!  

What you get! 

In return for your support, we have arranged some wonderful perks, all following an Island theme. All of the perks were created by artisans or artists who are involved with the fight for Isola. They want you to be involved too and have generously donated their time and materials to make these objects, designs and works of art special and unique. Just for you! How will the money be used? We already have a publisher! We already have the story! We’ve already had an exhibit to raise awareness! We already have an amazing group of supporters! But we need $5,500 for the printing and distribution costs for two versions of the book in English and Italian. 

We want book to be as affordable as possible so that as many people around the world can share this experience and learn about the issues of gentrification. By supporting our campaign, we will not have to pass the costs of production onto our readers. Every little bit helps!  

Thank you! 

Isola Art Center and LaRete Art Projects for "Fight - specific Isola"

For more information please see the following links:

http://www.isolartcenter.org/index_eng.php 

http://www.larete-artprojects.net/

http://www.galleriabianconi.com/en/exhibit-detail.php?mostra=37 

Luca Pozzi, "Save 100x100", postcard
Luca Pozzi, "Save 100x100", postcard
Dan Perjovschi, "Art estate gets real estate", T-shirt
Dan Perjovschi, "Art estate gets real estate", T-shirt
Ascari,«Luogo Comune. Reperto # 27»,2012, pencil on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm
Ascari,«Luogo Comune. Reperto # 27»,2012, pencil on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm
OsservatorioInOpera, «Snowglobes», 2007, plexiglas souvenir, 10 x 10 cm
OsservatorioInOpera, «Snowglobes», 2007, plexiglas souvenir, 10 x 10 cm
Valeria Muledda, «mdisotto#012», 2012, print on paper, 50 x 70 cm, ed. of 100
Valeria Muledda, «mdisotto#012», 2012, print on paper, 50 x 70 cm, ed. of 100
Edna Gee, «Progress and development», 2012,  three blankets, 120 x 120 cm each
Edna Gee, «Progress and development», 2012, three blankets, 120 x 120 cm each
Köken Ergun, «School break», 2009, c print, 50 x 75 cm
Köken Ergun, «School break», 2009, c print, 50 x 75 cm
Gabriele Di Matteo, «E il Topo», 1993, 3 drawings on paper, 32,3 x 43,5 cm each
Gabriele Di Matteo, «E il Topo», 1993, 3 drawings on paper, 32,3 x 43,5 cm each

A note on the rewards and shipping...

Everything shipped out from Europe or US will have an additional shipping cost of + $10 because shipping from Italy is unfortunately expensive.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

All of us have worked on this project in parallel with other commitments, as it is with any independently produced work. As a result, we may encounter delays, specifically on translations or contributions of others that may take longer than anticipated. We have postponed the release of this campaign twice, but finally we are here due to the energy and conviction of many people. We thank everyone for their contributions and we thank all of you for contributing to our Kickstarter campaign. With your support our risks and challenges will be far easier to meet and overcome.

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    SMYLEY ISLAND Little Islanders, you will get a post card from us. Not just any post card, no, it will be a special print which artist Luca Pozzi donated for this purpose. Signed by Luca himself and by artist and Isola Art Center co-founder Bert Theis and sent from Milano to your home, Little Islander!

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    ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD Isolani - here is the book for you! You will get one of the first copies, hot off the press! You could buy that in a book store too? No, it wouldn't have editor Bert Theis' and Steve Piccolo’s signature and dedication in it... You'll receive in addiction the DVD: "Isola Nostra", by Mariette Schiltz, 2007, DVD, 60 ', it / eng. The movie tells about the events related to the Stecca degli Artigiani and to Isola's garden, describing the claims and actions of people.

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    LA RÉUNION Like any road trip, get snow globe to remember the adventure! Except this one will be from the Italian artist collective OSSERVATORIOINOPERA! Sweet! + you'll receive the book and the DVD "Isola Nostra", of course! http://www.oino.it/ Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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    ANDROS ISLAND For those of you who see the same panorama like us out the window, the Sardinian artist, Valeria Muledda, has created a tipical landscape of Isola in a limited edition of 100 posters, all signed by the artist. You'll gonna get one + the book and the DVD "Isola Nostra". Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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    SARDEGNA As a tourist, you can’t go home without a t-shirt! Created exclusively for you, Dan Perjovski has a design to thank you for your support. + the book and "Isola Nostra", of course! http://www.perjovschi.ro/ Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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    ILHA TUPINAMBARANA Emanuela Ascari, a young emerging artist, gives you, dear Islanders, a series of drawings on paper called "Common Place. Exhibit”, a work that speaks about the memory of a community and a region. Be part of this contemporary art experience! Also reading the book you're going to receive and watching to DVD "Isola Nostra"! Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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    OSTROV OKTJABR'SKOJ REVOLJUCII Here is another work of art, dear islanders! For you, with the book and the DVD, a blanket made by Edna Gee, a young artist from South Africa who lives in Isola. She made a true city picnic! Tell your neighbors to bring snacks! http://www.art.co.za/ednagee/default.htm Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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    LÝðVELDIð ÍSLAND Gabriele Di Matteo is an Italian artist who collaborated with the art magazine "E il topo" to create affectionate portraits. You can have one of these vip portraits, dear islanders. Or collect them all! ..........+ the book and "Isola Nostra" DVD, of course! http://gabrieledimatteo.info/index.html Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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    AUSTRALIA The largest island for the largest work of art in this campaign! Koken Ergun, a promising young Turkish artist, loves Isola as much as you. You will receive, with the book and the DVD, a photographic print, for which you can choose the size. http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/videos/koken-ergun-on-video-art Add $10 for shipping if you live outside Europe or US (artworks coming from Milan).

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