Meet the Author:
Alessandra Pomarico,  New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy

Alessandra Pomarico

Alessandra Pomarico

Alessandra Pomarico is a curator of international and multidisciplinary residency programs at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, nano-politics, and community building. Her practice is based on research and context-based art projects, with a focus on social change. Mobilizing and bridging local institutions, governmental bodies, different communities, artists, cultural actors and activists from the local and international world, Alessandra’s challenges have echoed in life long artistic collaborations, some poetic failures, and great friendships.

On ecosystems of struggles and resistance

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

Field Report on the 11th Creative Time Summit in Miami, Florida The 11th Creative Time Summit just wrapped up in Miami. In many parts of the city, community organizers continued to mobilize voter registration for the Midterm elections, such as in Little Haiti where a procession of musicians playing self-built instruments guided the dancing crowd through the market to a...

Radical Pedagogies as Living Experiments and Messy Affairs

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Manish Jain, Udaipur, India 

I am the space of protest

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

I am the space of protest. (dedicated to those who take to the streets) This one is dedicated to protest. To those people who resist being jaded and all forms of nihilism, pessimism, discouragement, or comfort and instead, they take to the streets. They move their body outside, they enact their struggle, and they perform their resistance or refusal ‚ÄĒ...

Performing the Struggle: Chapter One

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

Just as the way we perform changes, so should our sense of “voice.” In our everyday lives we speak differently to diverse audiences. We communicate best by choosing that way of speaking that is informed by the particularity and uniqueness of whom we are speaking to and with. […] The engaged voice must never be fixed and absolute but always...

Radical Pedagogy is NOT

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
N.O. aka Aliosha Pantalone, Saint Petersburg, Russia 

Part one: To no list Foreword by Alessandra Pomarico (inspired by many). It was a real struggle to define, in a 10 minute text, ‚Äúthe partisan No‚ÄĚ that originates and informs the experience of Free Home University‚ÄĒan ongoing, experimental, open-ended pedagogical process‚ÄĒwhile being immersed in one of our sessions: 25 people from around the world living/learning together, with no time...

In The Cracks of Learning (Situating Us)

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

As a preamble, I’d like to clarify that every­thing I attempt to contribute in the following text on the subject of pedagogy is a recollection of ideas that have been collectively produced and experienced through convivial gatherings, dialogues, inquiries, critical reflec­tions, readings, and actions with many friends with whom I experimented in various processes of creating communities of learners.[1] From each...

Giardino Ammirato: re-imagining public space at the Spring Session of Free Home University

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

The 2016 Spring Session of Free Home University started with a desire to take care of the public garden adjacent to the Ammirato Culture House, a hub for artistic social practices and a sister initiative of Free Home University, which inhabits the space during its seasonal ‚Äúunclasses.‚ÄĚ The adjacent garden‚ÄĒthe ‚Äėgarden with no name at the crossroads of two streets‚Äô‚ÄĒhas...

Narratives of Solidarity: Free Home University‚ÄĒSummer 2016

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Canada 

Narratives of Solidarity: From personal stories to a reflection on History for the invention of (our) Shestories The summer session of Free Home University (June 13-July 4,¬†2016) will explore how to use personal narratives to reflect on History and imagine a new ‚ÄėSHEstory‚Äô‚ÄĒa term we coined as a way to queer the feminist concept of ‚Äúherstory‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒwith an intersectional lens together...

Experiencing Life in Common

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical and artistic experiment created in 2013 in Southern Italy by a local and international group of artists and thinkers. It focuses on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common. The name Free Home University wish to be a non vertical, energy-liberating, insurgent environment (Free), within a protected and...