We started Spazio Nour (which means Light in Farsi) with one goal in mind: to create beauty and show beauty for people in Milan. Over the years we’ve gathered a group of unique and free souls from all over the world: artists, designers, professionals, passioned amateurs who inspire and are inspired by others.
Spazio Nour is an artistic and cultural project born in Milan in 2014 with the goal to create a place of mediation between the language of contemporary art and the context in which it was being used. We are then talking about not just an atelier d’artiste nor an isolated center with an abstract and far idea of art. Spazio Nour is an ever-evolving relationship hotbed, an experience that places in the heart of the battle the most urgent questions of modern society – immigration, integration, equal dialogue between cultures.
During the last seven years, Spazio Nour adopted a synergic model, based on participatory art and site-specific. The model has as final goal the promotion of new forms of cultural integration through the organization of workshops, expositions, art residency projects meetings and collaborations with an international background. Through this work process, Spazio Nour created a fertile ground for mutual trust, actively and positively affecting the everyday life at Bligny 42.
Spazio Nour is housed in the internal courtyard of Viale Bligny 42, the building located in the city center, between Porta Romana and via Bocconi, in that stretch of road that reveals a parallel world, the one known to the Milanese chronicle as a theater of dealing and petty crime.
Before Spazio Nour Bligny 42 was "El Camerùn", drug fort, world building, there are many names that Bligny is known for 42 and this reflects the multiple identities of the building.
Its courtyard is the beating heart of this microcosm, it is not just a common transit space, but a real square, where the encounter and clash between different cultures and lives take place.
Contemporary art is a mean to stimulate and create new social dynamics. Thanks to Spazio Nour, at Bligny 42 it breaks two barriers: the one between different cultures and the one between art and audience, who is called to reject its passive position and participate in the different forms of the artwork itself.
After seven years in Milan, Spazio Nour expanded internationally as a nomadic art space to Antwerpen (Belgium), a city which houses more than 166 different nationalities. With its synergic model created over the years in Milan, Spazio Nour tackles difficulties in a complete different context in Antwerpen by bringing these various cultures together in moments of (public) encounter. To bring the arts to the people in everyday life, to connect people through participative arts, to eventually create a strong community where everybody with his unique features belongs.
Art saves the world.