With foreign citizens accounting for over 15% of its 250,000 residents, Prato is one of the most multiethnic cities in Europe. This blend of cultures, languages and people makes it the perfect location for the testing of vast numbers of initiatives focusing on inclusion, social respect and sense of belonging. The aim of the Facewall project exhibition is to offer an occasion to uncover the multiethnic nature of the city of Prato via a series of photographic installations and videos illustrating 100 different stories of how different worlds can come together.
A collection of 55 photographs illustrating the multicultural weaves of city life in Prato is flanked by a multi-language video via which a huge interactive “wall of faces” is animated to offer a surprising fresco of the places and faces of modern day Prato. The photographs and videos illustrate the largest communities of the 119 ethnicities resident in Prato – Chinese, Pakistani, Moroccan, Rumanian, Albanese, American and African – underlining the importance of multicultural relations in the harmonious development of the city and finding symbolic correspondence in the variety of materials used to create the exhibits. Indeed, in the same way that people interact in their everyday lives, wood, iron and bamboo are combined in a similar search for dynamic equilibrium.
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