Country : Italy
(UN)COMMON SPACES Emerging artist
Corps Citoyen is a multidisciplinary artistic collective based between Tunis and Milan, founded by Anna Serlenga and Rabii Brahim. The collective’s artistic practice crosses performance, theatre, social and anthropological research, video-documentary, animation and writing to create new narratives of the present and investigate the complexity of the contemporary.
Through the re-signification of public space acted out by the performative and the active participation of civil society in artistic processes, Corps Citoyen works with communities for territorial development and social justice, promoting decolonised languages and narratives to counter the racialisation, discrimination and marginalization of people and territories.
In his latest works 2021 – 2023 (The Others لخرررین ; The Political Body Workshop; The Others 2_остали; Barrani – provisional title) he also investigates the scenic device according to the Foucauldian meaning of the term, i.e. as a functional tool for the creation and control of conformist narratives and identities and, at the same time, as a space of creative resistance and a place for a battle of biopolitical liberation of bodies.
Since 2022 it has been associated artist Base Milano for the three-year period 2022-2024.Over the years, the collective’s works have been supported by various organisations and institutions and performed in numerous theatres and festivals in Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean basin: Théâtre de l’Opéra de Tunis (TU); Fondation Kamel Lazaar (TU) ; Le Rio, El Teatro, Ibn Rachiq – Forum Social Mondial; Be Festival (UK) ; JAOU – Nation Migrante; Dreamcity Festival (TU); Utopian Nights Festival (Malta), Manifesta 12, Palermo; Matera Capitale Europea della Cultura 2018; Valletta Capitale della Cultura 2018; Santarcangelo Festival; La Corte Ospitale di Rubiera; Base Milano; Zona K; Qui e Ora Residenza Teatrale; Teatro Laura Betti, Bologna; Teatro Galleria Toledo, Napoli; Altofest Malta; Suq Festival; Super! Il Festival delle periferie, Tatwerk Performative Forschung (Berlino – DE); Teatro Bastardo; Perfiferico Festival; Cross Festival.
Parallel to artistic production, since 2020 Corps Citoyen has set up the curatorial project Milano Mediterranea, a decolonial participatory art center that, through a neighbourhood committee in the Giambellino area of Milan, promotes artistic residencies, training courses and cultural projects by supporting artists from the diasporas, young people and innovation practices and researches.