About the project


At the heart of the project was a desire to redefine and re-examine the concept “ghetto” in the context of today’s closed migrant districts. Through artistic creation and sociological research, we aimed to create a space in which to examine and discuss the multiple stories emanating from Europe’s migrant “ghettos”.  How do we talk about “ghettos” today?  Is it possible – and even necessary – to redefine the word in a manner that more accurately reflects the multiform realities that constitute our contemporary urban landscapes?

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  • Pietro Floridia
  • Alicja Borkowska
  • Luis Alejandro Olarte
  • Nicola Bruschi
  • Marek Płuciennik
  • Cecilia Deserti
  • Tomasz Gromadka
  • Sebastian Klim
  • Weronika Chinowska
  • Louise Glassier
  • Outi Korhonen
  • Linda Fahssis
  • Joanna Krawczyk
  • Elena Basteri
  • Luana Pavani
  • Timothy Raeymaekers
  • Sara Saleri
  • Aleksander “Bratek” Robotycki
  • Piotr Mikuć
  • Renata Włoch
  • Walter Fondo

Pietro Floridia

Artistic director of the project.

Founder and artistic director of the Compagnia Teatro dell'Argine. Theater director, writer, theater teacher. Creator of the intercultural projects of Teatro dell'Argine - of theater and artistic activities involving migrants and refugees living in Bologna, Italy. Since 1994 directs performances with professional and non-professional actors. In recent years combines theater and visual arts. Creates theater performances based on the artistic installations ("La Strada di Paca", "Report dalla città fragile") and experiments with the public involvement in art. Develops projects-bridges between migrants living in Italy and people and organizations from their home countries ("Teatro in viaggio") - travels and documents his travels by writing blogs, books and directing performances based on the travel experiences. Directed performances and ran workshops in Italy, Bolivia, Brasil, Sweden, Poland, Palestine, Senegal, Belgium. In 2012 established the Compagnia dei Rifugiati - theater company involving professional and non-non professional actors from more than 15 countries - migrants, refugees and Italians.

Alicja Borkowska

Project coordinator.

The president of Strefa Wolnoslowa foundation. Coordinator of theater projects, director, expert in the field of theatre (MA in art at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw). She studied in DAMS department at Bologna University, where she also successfully completed an ATER Formazione postgraduate course in multicultural events organization). She took part in organizing many theatre festivals in Poland and abroad. For many years she worked for Teatro dell’Argine/ITC Teatro  in Bologna, where she coordinated multicultural projects and ran theatre workshops for immigrants and refugees. For many years she has been running theatre workshops for kids, teens and adults in schools and theatres, in Poland and abroad.  Additionally, she participated in Emilia Romagna ISCOS project in a juvenile prison in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, where she was giving theatre classes. Moreover, she took part in a project of Teatro dell’Argine and Al-­Harah Theater from Beit Jala in Palestine, working as director’s assistant on the co-production of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis". Apart from the theatre, her work involves photography and video animation. She made several animated films and installations for theatre plays at Teatro dell‘Argine. Alicja is the originator and coordinator of Strefa WolnoSłowa’s theatre projects, within which she runs  workshops and directs performances.

Luis Alejandro Olarte

Sound designer of the project.

The electroacoustic musician devoted to pedagogy, live performance and digital lutherie. His studies have included classical and electroacoustic music, generative improvisation and musical acoustics in conservatories in Paris and Colombia. At the moment he is a doctoral candidate developing pedagogical tools for live electronics and improvisation at the Center for Music and Technology in the Sibelius Academy in Finland. He works as freelance artist in Helsinki, combining cross-disciplinary collaborations, composing, performing and teaching.

The role of Luis Alejandro Olarte in the City Ghettos of Today project includes work as sound artist in the creation of the installation, workshop plans and directing and also participating in the decisions of the planning team both in the national and international project.


Nicola Bruschi

The scenographer of the project.

Marek Płuciennik

Author of the videos for installation.

Marek Płuciennik is a filmmaker and videomaker living in Helsinki since the mid 90′s. In 2010 he joined forces with sound artist James Andean to form Plucié des Andes. Among many shows in Helsinki the duo premiered their work at Stockholm Fringe Festival 2012, as well as in Aave Festival 2013 in Helsinki, Perf13 Performance Festival in Pori. As a member of Research Group in Interdisciplinary Improvisation in Helsinki Marek currently explores intuitive filming practices in performance based on art. His films and videos have been screened in international film festivals and contemporary art galleries in Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Toronto and Finland. He is one of the founding members of Catalysti Transcultural Artists in Finland and board member of Ptarmigan artist run co-operative.

In Ghettos-project Marek Pluciennik participates as film artist both in the international and national project team and takes part in all stages of planning. He is also the contact person to Ptarmigan association which administrates the funding of the project.


Cecilia Deserti

Coordinator of the Bologna part of the project.

Cecilia Deserti studied cultural anthropology at Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna and Milan Bicocca Universities, with a particular focus on migrants and refugees living in Italy. She joined “The Refugees Company-Cantieri Meticci” in 2009, while she was researching for her graduation thesis. She’s currently the organizer and actress of the Company. From 2010 to 2012 she has been volunteering  at “Naga Har” Centre for Refugees and victims of torture in Milan. During the Milan period she also has been part of “Teatro degli Incontri”, directed by Gigi Gherzi and hosted by Villa Pallavicini. In May 2013 she took part in the International Project “Incontri. Freedom is a Home” (Italy, Brasil, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Germany) where she co-directed, supervised by Flavio Kactuz (Rio de Janeiro-Puc University) and Neurivan De Barros,  a short documentary. In October 2013 she took part, as actress and director’s assistant of the play “Mahpishuni”( written and directed by Arash Abassi) at Hamedan Children and Youth International Theatre Festival, Iran. She collaborates also with Annet Henneman and Hidden Theatre, that links together people from Europe, North Africa and Middle East, for theatre reportage projects.

Tomasz Gromadka

Dramaturg of the project.

Member of the Strefa WolnoSłowa foundation, coordinator responsible for contacts with schools and other institutions.  He graduated from The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw, where he obtained MA in art. For the last few years he has worked as a journalist specializing in art and culture, especially the theatre and TV series. He cooperates with daily newspapers and monthlies.

The dramaturg of “Exile Warsaw”, and the author of texts for performances such as “The Grass is Greener Here”, “I’ll Bring my Backyard Here”, “I Cannot stay Here, After all”.

He runs theatre workshops for kids, teens and adults, and is the co-author and co-coordinator of foundation’s theatre projects.

Sebastian Klim

A theater and concerts lightening disigner. He is responsible for the technical side of the implementation of performances. In a theater began as a musician (bass-player), but later decided to go in the direction of stage technology.  He worked as a main technical coordinator of the international theater festivaRetro/Per/Spektywy 2012. He cooperted with such theaters as Theatre 21, Chorea Theatre, TR Warszawa Theatre Młyn. Now works in Zbigniew Raszewski Theater Institute. He is fascinated by the theater creation of interactive light and sound installation.

Weronika Chinowska

Communication and media contact in the project.

Member of Strefa WolnoSłowa foundation, promotion specialist, responsible for contact with the media, theatre workshops assitant and participant of performances. She worked as an assistant in press department in Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw; for a while worked as a radio reporter in Eurozet Group.  In 2011 she graduated from the Theatre Studies Department at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. Additionally, she studied in Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Madrid, Drama and Direction Department.  An intern in Communication and Development Department of Dramatyczny Theatre. In 2009 she worked on “Zawirowania” Dance Theatre Festival. She took part in the third edition of International Theatre Schools Festival.

Louise Glassier

Researcher of a Milan project group.

Louise Ysolt Glassier - PhD in Sociology of Migration at the University of Milan.
She obtained the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology of Migrations at the University of Milan in March 2013 with a thesis focused on refugees' social capital. She has a ten years experience in the of field of migration, both at the academic level and as a social worker for some associations and legal aid services. Since 2010 she has collaborated as volunteer with Naga, an NGO of Milan that promotes and protects the rights of immigrants, with tasks of legal aid for asylum seekers, refugees and torture victims.

Outi Korhonen

Coordinator of the project in Helsinki.

Outi Korhonen works at Arts Promotion Centre Finland as regional artist for cultural diversity facilitating the work of transcultural artists in Finland through different projects. Before that she has coordinated projects related to art education, urban development and cultural diversity in Finland and Chile as well as taught art in different institutions including art galleries, schools and a university. Outi Korhonen´s coordinating work is the contribution for the project of  the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Linda Fahssis

Paris co-coordinator of the project.

Founder and artistic director of Cie Check Points. She graduated in 2008 at the National School of Music, Dance and Drama of Noisiel in Ile de France, where she took part in a series of master classes with major European directors such as Sophie Lucatchevsky, Axel de Booseré, Patrice Thibault, Claude Buchvald and Mourad Mansouri. She has acted in “elements moins performants” by Peter Turini (directed by Audrey Casanova) or “Erotokristos” by Vincent Cornanos (directed by Claude Buchvald) at the Epée de bois (Cartoucherie de Vincennes) and participated in public readings of texts by the French contemporary poet and dramatist Sylvie Chastain.  Masters graduate of the New Sorbonne University Paris 8 (MA Performing Arts), she did a one-year exchange programme in Bologna on the Italian contemporary theatre movement “il teatro narrazione”.  She worked there with artists from the ITC Teatro on several projects. Since 2010, she has worked with non-professional artists in the social or academic area, conducting workshops in high schools, refugee centres or social centres in Paris. As an independent performance coordinator and producer, she has coordinated international productions at the MC93 and managed projects of several independent French theatre companies.

Joanna Krawczyk

Joanna Krawczyk is a cultural specialist with Master’s degree in English Studies (Warsaw University) and Ethnic and Migration Studies (Jagiellonian University). She holds almost a decade’s experience in the field of project management and PR in cultural sector, cooperating with major Polish and European NGOs, inter alia European Cultural Foundation, Anna Lindh Foundation, Photomonth in Krakow, Warsaw Gallery Weekend, Polish Institute of Reportage. For three years now she has been the Head of Warsaw branch of Evens Foundation, a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp, initiating and supporting sustainable projects that contribute to the progress and strengthening of Europe based on cultural and social diversity. Joanna is interested in  socio-cultural transnationalism and new media. On behalf of Evens Foundation, a major supporter of the project, she will assist the project team in organizational and content issues.

Elena Basteri

Coordinator of the project in Berlin.

Elena Basteri is a dance and performance curator and writer based in Berlin. She studied political sciences in Pisa, Dublin and Granada and dance studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

In 2011 she co-founded the theatre collective OnElf which is a partner of the The City Ghettos of Today in Berlin

Luana Pavani

Scenographer assistant in the project.

Luana Pavani was born in Bologna 22/10/1977. In 1996 she graduated at Bologna Public Art High School, and in 2004 at Bologna Fine Arts Academy, with a thesis in scenography “From Kantor to Juliette’s Balcony”. Her encounter with Pietro Floridia in 1997 introduced her into the world of theatre. She took part in a foundation of a “Le Saracinesche” Company, that produced different performances: “Hamlet”, “The Dubliners”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Romeo and Jueliet”, where she took part both as actress and as scenographer.

She met Nicola Bruschi in 2002, and she assisted him for the set design of the play “Bus Stop” in collaboration with Teatro dell’Argine, and “Chronicles from a perfect world”, directed by Pietro Floridia and performed by 50 actors in an industrial hangar.

In 2003 she collaborates again with Bruschi and Floridia for the play “Tiergantestasse 4” at Teatro dell’Argine. 2003 was also the year of “Juliette’s Balcony”, that won a special mention at “Premio Scenario”. In 2005 she worked on the scenography of “The taste of water”. Then she took a break, while she began mother of two children. In 2010 she collaborated with Pietro Floridia for “Report from a vulnerable city”. In 2012 she began to work with the stop-motion technique, and she realized the animations for the play “Theatre in travel”. Now she’s using this technique for television commercials and during the workshops activities she run with school children.

Timothy Raeymaekers

Antwerp co-coordinator and scientific advisor - in active collaboration with all the members of the Cantieri Meticci association.

Timothy Raeymaekers teaches conflict analysis and political geography at the University of Zurich. He is co-founder of the Conflict Research Group (University of Ghent), which specializes in the micro-analysis of violent armed conflict, and co-coordinator of the political geography unit in Zurich. He holds an MA in History from the University of Ghent and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His doctorate involved a study on violent capitalism and hybrid identity on the Eastern Congo border (book manuscript in production with Cambridge University Press). Since then, he has expanded his research interest towards border studies, migration and liminality, on which he has published extensively. Other book projects include Violence on the margins: states, conflict, and borderlands (with Benedikt Korf) Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, and Conflict and Social Transformation in Eastern DR Congo (with Koen Vlassenroot), Gent, Academia Press, 2004.

Sara Saleri

Researcher of the Bologna team of the project.

Sara Saleri holds a PhD in Semiotics, obtained at the University of Bologna with a research on migration in contemporary European cities. She is a member of TRAME, Academic Research Centre on Memory and Cultural Traumas at the University of Bologna. Her primary areas of interests include the construction of social and cultural differences, conflict representations, gender studies, identity and memory dynamics. Along with her academic activities, she has been working for several years in the non-profit sector, with a special experience in editorial coordination and project management. She has studied and worked in Italy, UK, Belgium and Spain and she speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Aleksander “Bratek” Robotycki

Researcher of the Warsaw part of the project.

Born in 1980, is an ethnologist and cultural anthropologist. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology) and received the Certificate d’Etudes Politiques from L’Institute d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon. He is interested in issues in contemporary culture, from sport and urban anthropology to a reflection on the condition of the humanities today. He is a co-head of the editorial board of the periodical "The New Ethnography". For four years now he has been working at the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (Department of Polish and European Ethnography).

Piotr Mikuć

Author of the film documentation of the project and co-author of the videos for installation.

His videos are used in the performances of the foundation, he makes the video footage from the workshops, performances and projects. Director, video maker, independent artist. The experience in filming has been gathering creating the short video forms for the various film portals. Director of the materials for the portals as - for Iza Lach, Maja Kleszcz, Skubas, Andrzej Bachleda. Creator of the project "Poezją po zębach" promoting the Polish poetry.

Renata Włoch

Researcher of a Warsaw team of the project.

Renata Włoch is a sociologist and IR researcher working at the University of Warsaw. She carries research in ethnic relations, sociology of globalization and sociology of sport. She is a compulsive reader and drinks much too much tea.

Walter Fondo

Walter Fondo is a cultural activist, script writer and theatre group director with Master´s degree in Philosophy and BA in theatre. He writes plays and directs plays in Pacunet association’s theatre group, is the chairman of African Civil Society of Finland and organizes seminars and cultural events. He brings to the project his own vision of an artist and citizen who has moved to Finland from a different cultural background. He also invites active members of the different associations to the creation of the contents and treats themes related to the City Ghettos of Today in his theatre work with Pacunet Association. Walter Fondo participates in all the stages of the project in Helsinki and also in creating the installation and realizing the workshops in Warsaw in May 2014.