The Orchestras of transformation – new artistic imaginaries for the 2030 Agenda, curated by the collectives Locales and Visible, is a project that combines contemporary artistic imagination with new action strategies for achieving the SDG objectives of the 2030 Agenda in the medium term. The themes of gender-based violence, regenerative actions for the climate emergency and underwater life, and the overcoming of social inequalities, are at the center of this edition for the city of Rome.

Initiated on the occasion of the 2020 Rome Charter launch, and commissioned by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, the project Orchestras of transformation invites three international artistic and curatorial perspectives from Cooking Sections, Jasmeen Patheja and Johanne Affricot (GRIOT) to rethink artistic methods of intervention in the public sphere that implement paths of change and promote alternative imaginaries. Moreover,  due to the current pandemic situation, the team of the Orchestras has developed a multiform method of artistic presentation which includes establishing collaborations with local and international actors, developing social-media campaigns and podcast palimpsests with a powerful mediatic impact and aimed at a wider audience.

Starting from ongoing research and projects, each artist’s project addresses a different SDG, with the aim of working towards the implementation of new forms of awareness and generating new learning paths on urgent issues. Indian artist Jasmeen Patheja (SDG 5: Gender equality) in collaboration with feminist and LGTBQI+ associations, will develop a podcast to reflect on the theme of gender-based violence. The British duo Cooking Sections (SDG 2: Achieving Food Security and Better Nutrition; SDG 13: Acting for the Climate; SDG 14: Life Underwater) will conduct a multifaceted campaign to raise public awareness on the impact of food production and consumption on the climate emergency. Lastly, with Exercises for the Imagination of a Space (SDG: 10), cultural producer and curator Johanne Affricot will be working on the theme of space by launching a series of conversations with Africans and Afro-descendants both locally and internationally. This will be done in order to build, map and amplify regenerative acts and practices within the realm of artistic and cultural production.