Libera Scuola del Giardino - The Free Garden School
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Libera Scuola del Giardino - The Free Garden School  (ENG)
For Parco Arte Vivente Torino, curated by Marco Scotini and Orietta Brombin.

A garden school that is revealing and renewing relations between consumption and local soil in the former industrial site of Parco Arte Vivente’s garden in Turin, Italy. It started with a series of workshops on cultivating, designing and co-creating natural-based products.

For one year, Wapke Feenstra, with Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna, cultivated the social and natural resources in and around the garden of the experimental center of contemporary art Parco Arte Vivente (PAV) in Turin, Italy. In a collective process with a variety of young artists, curators and educators, around the garden a new and specific collective identity of PAV and their natural environment was created. Processing local and plant-based products in a series of workshops, the ‘Libera Scuola del Giardino’ – The Free Garden School - was started in 2015. The school was developed as a follow up of “Grow it yourself” and with Orietta Brombin (AEF) presented at Parco Arte Vivente in Summer 2016. With the “School” Wapke Feenstra continued the theme of cultivating the natural surroundings of PAV within the activities of Attività Educative e Formative (AEF), the educational and training department of PAV.

The garden of Libera Scuola del Giardino is situated in the 23,500 m2 squared park of Parco Arte Vivente and the inner circle of the garden consists of monastery-based herb fields designed with input by the landscape architect Gianluca Cosmacini. The plants from the fields are processed into seasonal products and sold in a mobile market stall; PAV POP UP. In addition to plant-based products like herbal oil, flower seeds, and urban honey, artefacts that complete the promotion of the project like bags, t-shirts, wrapping paper, postcards, tattoos and posters can be found. Next to that, at the market stall a coloring book of the garden’s plants is for sale.

Parco Arte Vivente (PAV) is an experimental center of contemporary art in Turin city conceived by the artist Piero Gilardi. Since 2008, this center located in a former industrial area, has been transformed into an outdoor exhibition site, interactive museum, meeting place and research center. Involving and including a high variety of participants and public, PAV focuses on a dialogue between art and nature, biotechnology and ecology.

The garden school is a work in line with the activities of the International Village Shop, an international network focused on local products that was launched by Myvillages in 2007, the Libera Scuola del Giardino aimed to create a platform for exchange of local products and spread these in rural and urban spaces. While a productive garden was realized, through the cultivation of products like herbs and berries from its natural and local resources the garden expanded beyond its borders by trade and representation strategies. These products were sold in the collectively built and designed Pav Pop Up shop. The project, that included garden design, gardening, and product processing in a series of workshops, aims to (re)create a sense of local care through revealing and renewing relations between consumption and local soil.

For more information about the International Village Shop, please go to and to buy the products from Libera Scuola del Giardino visit PAV.

Coordination (ongoing): Orietta Brombin

Participants workshops 2015-2016: Andrea Alauria, Mohsen Baghernejad Moghanjooghi, Valentina Bassetti, Valentina Bonomonte, Martina Campione, Marialuisa Camurati, Tommaso Cannataro, Stefania Crobe, Valeria Dardano, Francesca Doro, Katia Facciolo, Andrea Famà, Angelo Antonio Ferrante, Ermanno Lattini, Elena Laureri, Martina Maiorano, Daniela Maronetto, Gabriele Nicola, Chiara Pigoni, Giovanna Porfido, Noel Ratini, Elisabetta Reali, Carolina Rossi Casanovas, Leardo Sciacoviello, Maria Sessa, Alessandro Weber.

Partners 2015-2016: Gruppo CTC (Comunità Temporanea di Costruzione); Urbees, apicoltura urbana, Torino; Collettivo OltreModo | ASL TO1 | Coop. La Rondine | Coop. Frassati | Ass. Il Bandolo Onlus; Cooperativa Paradigma, Torino; Cooperativa La Luna Blu, Moncalieri (TO); Istituto Superiore Pininfarina, Moncalieri (TO)