How can contemporary, participative art be used as a powerful tool to bring change into the social structure? A specific situation in social need is the base to build participative arts as these react to it. The site-specific resources available are the artistic materials, used to bring about an increase of mental health, economic, cultural and social value. The artist functions as a mediator between the public and the arts.
Humanity has been the main focus throughout the history of art. Humankind is also the main topic and instrument of Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi's art. A single person or “individual consciousness” is a part of his/her society and of a community or “collective consciousness”. Being part of this society, the artist creates a collective work of art, realized as a site-specific installation. This influences the individual well-being of the participants, which will spread and subsequently increase their happiness.
In 2014 Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi founded Spazio Nour: a creative lab in Milan aimed to promote a dialogue between visual, performative and relational art.
Located in a difficult area of the city, the building in which Spazio Nour stands was known to be theatre of crime, delinquency and degradation; the artist's main purpose was to give this place a renewed life, encouraging a conscious co-existence among people
from different backgrounds and cultures.
The creation of this space was conceived as a work of art in itself, an organism in progress hosting exhibitions, events, artistic residencies and workshops socially engaged, intended to overcome mistrust and difference barriers.
Spazio Nour became a place where art and context are inextricably connected and can be considered as a sign of how even from a fracture beauty can arise.
Take a Walk on My Culture
This project aims to give a voice and a space to discrepancies existing between different cultures. It consists of events, performances and artistic works that aim at uniting distant realities through dialogue and visual confrontation.
Workshop - Color of Soul
For four days 24 artists from different part of the world met themselves in Poland in occasion of an art project held by Brera and Krakow Fine Arts Academies. The encounter aims to trigger a dialogue without giving any name, any title and any rules, in order to speriment in massimum freedom. The only common language, was the one of Art.
The workshop was intended as an artistic collaboration between five artists: Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi, Ewelina Lekka, Aneta Doleglo, Marta Mosiolek and Joanna Jasek.
Art as Therapy
A touch of joy and color they bring together the world of art and that of solidarity leading to an astonishing result: expressive paths, colorful rooms suitable for children who attempt to lighten the hospitalition periods that patients are forced to support here. Thanks to the "Art project as therapy" devised by Donata Berger and coordinated by Margherita Sigillò for C-Zone, the House comes up with a totally new face. The realization of this initiative was made possible thanks to the support of companies and individuals that have involved lenders in the purchase of furniture (lamps, beds, chairs and TV) needed to complete the department. To renew the environments has thought a group of artists and designers there (21 in all) for free have worked together to make this place. even more familiar, painting the rooms and common areas of the department
Free Photos in the Yard
Collaborative happening with international artists invited to Milan to
work on the concept of integration through performative languages and
photography, in a context, that of Bligny 42, touched by immigration,
drug dealing and petty crime. One of these artists, Rahman Hak-Hagir,
stopped for an artistic residence, during which he developed several
projects involving the residents of the condominium, to which he
dedicated a photographic work that was presented in the courtyard of
Empathic Relations and Mental Health
The initiative Empathic Relationships & Mental Health, held three times between November and December 2018, is part of the project Treatment paths through itinerant art
supported by the City of Milan - Piano Periferie 2018. It was organized in collaboration with Fondazione Empatia Milano, Fondazione Gaetano Bertini Malgarini Onlus,
and La salute in testa. The main objective was to break down stereotypes regarding mental illness, and unite participants by creating a synergy between people of
different origins, culture and social class.
During the initiative, which free of charge and open to everyone who wanted to join, participants were given the opportunity to interact with the Human Books of the
Living Library and to create a collective work of art with the artist Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi. During this initiative, therefore, all participants gave their contribution to
the creation of a work of visual arts and calligraphy. Each one of them gave their own contribution by donating to the canvas a bit of their words, their feelings, their art,
United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights Geneva 2018
How indigenous people can "renew" renewable energies? Organized by ENEL green power
This session explored the nexus between renewable energies and Indigenous people. Enel
Green Power will be publishing a book to give a voice to some of the indigenous communities
hosting renewable plants in different countries with regard to the cultural aspects of water,
earth, wind and sun, all of which, from the company’s point of view, are primarily energy
sources. This will serve as a starting point for the session. Analyzing how renewable plants
relate to indigenous peoples, with a focus on cultural identities and natural resources.
The panel concentrated
on how renewable energies can be integrated in an environment, which is not only a physical
entity but also a cultural landscape where, for example, “energy sources” have cultural/spiritual
meanings. The discussion will be led by representatives of indigenous communities EGP is
working or will be working with, institutional representatives and one artist who has been
working on art as a tool for social inclusion.
This process was carried out with the use of an artistic and empathic language that he called :
"Artempathy" and " Dialog's Art “
Lunch Talks - Interactive seminars
Politecnico Milano / school of urban architecture construction engineering, territorial center of Piacenza Architectural design laboratory 1 - Piacenza Polytechnic
Prof. Sandro Rolla Architectural and urban composition
Talk: Becoming an architect means overcoming the concept of
"profession", which is also inherent in making architecture, to transcend
towards a way of being and above all of conceiving the world and one's life
with a particular sensitivity to what surrounds us.
Politecnico Milano Urban Talks
Talk About Artistic Urban regeneration experience with Master architect student of Prof. Angela Silvia Pavesi, MSc Eng. PhD Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano - Dept. ABC Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering
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Designing a new social enterprise to be launched within a small apartment in Bligny 42 given
under management by the Municipality of Milan.
The 63 students were led by Professor Liat Rogel of NABA Social design course and by
Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi and helped during the research phase to identify the
problems and needs of the community and then get to the ideational phase of the
company.improve conviviality, well-being and dialogue within a condominium, designing on
spaces to find empathic solutions
Collective project of community building between and with all the neighbours living in the building in Viale Bligny 42. We came together to dance, make food, to garden, paint the walls white, clean, organise workshops with children, listen to poems, concerts... with lots of love.
International Socially Engaged Art Symposium
Katja Juhola has organized four international symposiums on social art in Finland annually.
The project explores possibilities and methods for mediating environmental conflicts in activities that are artistic, interdisciplinary and community-related. The activities are divided into three working groups focusing on different themes. They are the northern nature-religion, the Hannukainen mining conflict and the forest disputes in Lapland. Teacher and students of Muonio natural resources wilderness guide training, people from fostering natural values responsibly across generations and Natural Resources Institute Finland as well as villagers in Muonio, Muodoslompolo, Hannukainen and Äkäslompolo are called as local partners.