Luigi Coppola (Belgium/Italy) is an artist, activist and promoter of participative projects and politically-motivated actions. His artistic practice is connected with the process of social re-appropriation of the commons that starts with an analysis of specific social, political, and cultural contexts. He trained both as a scientist as well as in the field of art.
Luigi is involved within Casa delle Agriculture, a project in Castiglione d’Otranto, south Italy, which seeks to revive abandoned land, repopulate the countryside, generate a sustainable economy and strengthen community cohesion.
He is senior researcher at the (CAD+sr) Center for Arts Design and Social Science of Boston (US). He has developed projects, performances, installations and exhibitions in international contexts, including at: 5th Istanbul Design Biennale, 2020; Gardentopia, Matera European Capital of Culture, 2019; 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.
Luigi was joint Artistic Director with Michelangelo Pistoletto 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 Fontys Academy of Tilburg, NL. In 2017/2018 he was a fellow at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, NL.