Cittadino Nel Mondo is an art collective and art residency program that hosts a small group of artists from around the world. Cittadino Nel Mondo residencies are 'pop-up residency's', created in different locations around the world from the far east like Japan to Italy and other locations. The founder of Cittadino Nel Mondo, Natalia Bieganska, is an artist who has travelled the world extensively and has been deeply inspired by local cultures. As a result of her travels, Natalia has a strong mission to connect artists from different countries and backgrounds. Art for her is a new language, universal in nature, breaking down any cultural differences.
This year's residency will take place in Italy, the birthplace of some of the most famous artists in history.
The Italy program will support the artist to disconnect from city life and work on their art in a warm and rustic setting in the Italian countryside. The program is based in the small village Campagnano di Roma, which is located roughly 45 minutes from Rome and easily accessible by car or train. Campagnano di Roma was on the Via Francigena in medieval times, an ancient road running from France to Rome. The area is filled with ancient Roman and Etruscan history; the energy of painters, sculptors and other makers of the past can almost be smelt in the air.
Each Cittadino Nel Mondo program implies a theme that fits well with the surrounding region and culture. Besides the creative aspect, a core mission of Cittadino Nel Mondo in Campagnano is to take care of nature by teaching artist about sustainability, raising awareness of the local environment, and the production of healthy local foods. Artists will participate and learn about olive oil farming and production from the local Italian family.
The residency will be hosted at a property that provides a quiet, comfortable and rustic setting for artists to create and focus their energies. Overlooking the Italian countryside and olive oil trees, the property offers ample room for the artist to work in a very private setting. During the month-long program, the artist will not only retreat from the routines and pressures of everyday life but will also meet new art collectors and enjoy farm to table Italian food and, of course, wine.
Natalia has been in the fashion and art world for the last 9 years. Most recently she worked at Postmasters Gallery in Rome. Prior to Rome, Natalia was living and studying in New York where she took Marketing and PR courses at Sotheby’s NYC.
Natalia has exhibited her work as an emerging artist in Japan, New York and Italy. Beforehand, she was working in high fashion for international agencies such as Elite and Next Models; and has experience working for some of the top brands including Vogue Magazine, D&G, and GAP. Natalia holds a BA from Wladyslaw Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland majoring in design in 2012.
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After 11 years as NYC gallerist at Postmasters Gallery (est. 1984) and curator the Polish born Paulina Bebecka moved to Rome in 2017 and established the Italian branch of the gallery, PostmastersROMA, with a permanent location situated next to the colosseum. Following the tradition of the mothership gallery the Roman space exhibits works that are representative of our time embracing all mediums, classical and new ones from paintings to Virtual Reality. Her curatorial projects include a NYTimes reviewed exhibition “this one is smaller than this one” of 35 artists which traveled from New York to Vienna and Istanbul. Bebecka holds a masters degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and bachelors degrees in economics and international business administration from the American University of Paris.
Anita Benn was born in a multicultural family in Switzerland. For various health issues of her loved ones she started looking deeper into alternative medicine. At age of 22 she travelled to India discovering Ayurveda and Yoga. Later Anita decided to broaden her horizons and chosen her school of life to be Shiatsu. Three years of education at the International Shiatsu School of Kinetal taught her, that while we are all responsible for our own body mind and soul, she is able to give her patients the support to activate the self-healing process.