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This section presents a collaborative effort with Reporters Without Borders, COLORS Notebook, to give voice to those who are usually never heard. It is a collection of stories from people who live in the remotest areas of the world or in places where freedom of speech is under threat. This section also explores Fabrica’s characteristic openness to the world through a collection, entitled I SEE, of theme-based photo reports from six major areas of the world, and presents FABRICA FEATURES.


COLORS Magazine’s editorial staff (Italy)
Developed with Reporters Without Borders, COLORS Notebook was published in April 2006. It was full of blank pages in order to give voice to those whose voice is never heard. Thirty thousand copies reached the farthest corners of the earth, offering Chinese prisoners, South African children, Canadian priests, astronauts, disabled persons, artists and ordinary people the chance to express themselves without filters or censure. Over 1,000 copies returned to Fabrica, bringing their messages with them. COLORS Notebook is a tribute to a free press and freedom of expression. It also highlights the importance of the human factor in any relationship. Launched in 1991, COLORS magazine is published in four languages and sold in more than 40 countries.

I SEE (2006)
Olivia Arthur (United Kingdom), Adam Huggins (Canada), Ashley Gilbertson (Australia), Leonie Purchas (United Kingdom), Lorenzo Vitturi (Italy), Philipp Ebeling (Germany).

A physical and visual journey of exploration into the current trends of historical, cultural, artistic, social and economic development. “I see” also means “I observe” and “I understand”. Six photographers from Fabrica each chose a story to represent one of the world’s six main geographic areas: North America, South America, East, Far East, Africa and Europe.

The Middle Distance
Olivia Arthur
(United Kingdom)
Through the stories of young women living in Eurasian countries on the border between East and West, Olivia Arthur relates the social, cultural and religious pressures resulting from the encounter of different cultures and the ways in which the various societies react to change.

Death and Birth
Ashley Gilbertson
After risking his life every day for four years as a war reporter in Iraq, Ashley Gilbertson depicts the life and death of the various communities living in Vienna. He shows the value of our existence by photographing life’s first cry and its dying breath.

The Villamil Family - Divided Lives
Leonie Purchas
(United Kingdom)
Leonie Purchas’s photo report explores the idea of the family and its role in society through a portrait gallery of a family divided, whose members live in Cuba and Los Angeles. Her work captures the things that stay the same even in different social environments.

Oil Will Never End
Lorenzo Vitturi
Lorenzo Vitturi addresses the energy problem, from studies of alternative, cleaner energy sources to the depletion of the planet’s resources. He focuses special attention on the exhaustion of the Caspian Sea oil fields.

Under the Weather
Philipp Ebeling
For his report on the extreme weather phenomena of the past decade, Philipp Ebeling focuses his lens on China and shows the other side of the coin of the country’s extraordinary urban growth and industrial expansion: desertification, draining of rivers, exceptional heat waves and the sharp contrasts in people’s daily lives.

Lines of Food: Men and Fishing
Adam Huggins
(Canada) in co-operation with Terra Madre
Terra Madre is a Slow Food forum which brings together representatives of communities across the five continents in order to develop a new idea of sustainable agriculture. Adam Huggins follows fishermen from three continents (Asia, America and Africa) during their work and daily life to record the various traditional fishing techniques and their relationship with the local way of life.

Sam Baron (France), Carine Damon (France), Cristina Dias (Portugal), Marta Teixeira (Portugal). With contributions from: Sophie Albert (France), Rita Botelho (Portugal), Caoceito (Portugal), Valentina Carretta (Italy), Aurore Dumas (France), Meric Kara (Turkey), Massimo Parolin (Italy), Annechien Van Litsenburg (Netherlands).
Thanks to: Studioverrissimo, Bosa, Paola C., designforfuture.org, Hpf Cork, Olfaire, Lunardon, Tosca lab.
Fabrica Features stores are meeting places focused on dialogue and interaction between artists/designers and the general public. Opened in five world cities (Bologna, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Rotterdam and London), Fabrica Features are a geographical embodiment of the Fabrica network and are meant as observatories of their host city’s artistic environments and urban lifestyles. This installation presents a “landscape” of objects: some were created by Fabrica through its work with the business world. Others were chosen because they belong to Fabrica’s creative universe or because they are representative of a nation’s cultural identity. The installation is accompanied by a number of screens showing the activities which take place in each Fabrica Features space that are transmitted and shared via a special blog and interspersed with daily contributions from artists.

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