We started Spazio Nour with one goal in mind: 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 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.

Nour in Farsi means Light.

 

In the story The perfect art, Mawlānā Rūmī (Persian poet and Sufi mystic lived in the thirteenth century) of a challenge between Chinese and Byzantine, launched to predict which of the two people would be the best in the art of painting. In the house of the sultan, two identical rooms, located opposite each other, will be chosen to face the challenge. The Chinese asked the sultan a hundred colors to carry out their work, while the Byzantines simply cleaned the walls of all the rust and impurities, as if they did not become clear and limpid like the sky. Mawlānā explains that in the art of painting there exists the technique of "colorlessness": colors can be compared to clouds and their absence in the light of the sun and the moon. Like clouds, colors are visible only to light. When the Chinese had completed their work they were very satisfied, even the sultan was impressed by the paintings, but his amazement was even greater when he could admire the work of the Byzantines. Thanks to the purity achieved by the walls, the wonders painted by the Chinese in the front hall
they reflected in the Byzantines ones, with a splendor that surpassed that of the original paintings.

Rumi, Listen to the music of the soul, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 2008 Milan.

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. 

The context in which Spazio Nour was born constituted a highly problematic situation in Milan’s urban fabric. The building in Viale Bligny 42 was a battleground between cultures and a social deprivation sack, presenting various difficult matters such as social and ethnic stratification, immigrants’ integration, petty crime and prostitution. 

During the last six 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, which actively and positively affects the everyday life at Bligny 42. 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. 

©2019 by Valentina Santoro.