August 4th – 10th

Luigi Coppola‘s practice relates to organic agriculture, social activation and the preservation of difference in small communities, not only in regard to their natural environment but also to their political and cultural realm.

Since 2017, the artist founded Scuola di Agriculture (School of Agricultures), in collaboration with Casa delle Agricolture, a pedagogical platform based in Castiglione d’Otranto (Puglia), that combines agro-ecological learning with artistic strategies.

During his residency at Vessel, Luigi Coppola will be in connection with practitioners, organizations and experts who work on the care of common goods, sustainable material conditions in agriculture and the inclusion of migrants in the economic and social life of the rural areas.

The artist’s interest will be relating to some reproductive practices, as to create a generative common ground for future sustainable changes.

‘Feminine’ forces who are able to disseminate utopic perspectives in order to act on daily life concretely.

This reflection will relate to the Institute for the Imagination of the Mediterranean’s mission, working on the collective imaginery of the region, creating connections between local geographies and possible cultural and social models, preserving biodiversity in an extended meaning and the sharing of different knowledges.


Luigi Coppola is an artist who works in public art, performance, video and installation. He researches participatory practices and politically-motivated actions, starting by analyzing specific social, political, and cultural contexts. His artistic practice comes from a combination of various educational and professional experiences. He trained both as a scientist (Environmental Engineering, PhD in Risk Analysis) as well as in the art field (Visual and Performing Arts). Coppola has developed projects, performances, and exhibitions in international contexts, including: Parco Comune dei Frutti Minori, Castiglione d’Otranto, 2014-ongoing; Fondazione Merz Turin, 2018; BAK Utrecht, 2018; Kunsthaus Graz, 2017; Quadriennale Roma, 2017; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, 2017; Teatro Continuo, Milan, 2016; Parckdesign, Brussels, 2016; Athens Biennale, Athens, 2015; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 2012 and Democracy Biennale, Turin, 2009. He was associated Artistic Director of the Urban Art Biennale in Bordeaux - Evento 2011, art for an urban re-evolution and part of the research group Art in society at the Academy of Tilburg NL. Coppola was a 2017/2018 Fellow at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht NL.