Vicent Garcès announce it during the exhibition of the edition 2020 official poster, in the Carme Center’s Chapter house.

The work of Xavier Mestre is a combination of an idyllic Mediterranean picture and the denunciation of the social and cultural problems that are suffering its territories.

This festival will be celebrated between the 1st and the 18th of October with the motto “Mediterranean emergency, the resistance of citizenship”.

This year the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, which will be the 8th edition of the festival, will be officially support by the Parliamentarian Assembly of the Mediterranean. That has been announced by Vicent Garcés, honorary chairman of the organization, during the presentation of the 2020 edition’s bill, create by the artist born in Alboraia, Xavier Mestre.

The Parliamentarian Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) is an international forum where representants of parliaments from 29 euro-Mediterranean countries, are debating with the objective of improving the social, economic, and cultural conditions of the citizens, in a peaceful environment made of liberty. For Garcés, “It provides democratic legitimacy to the Mostra Vida and increase the international aspect of the festival”.

The official presentation act gathered a lot of representants of the public and private institutions which collaborate with Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, among which Maite Ibáñez delegate counselor for the cultural action, the education, the youth and the development cooperation at the city council of València; but also the deputy director of the Music and the popular culture of the Valencian Institute of Culture, Maragarita Landete.

Cristina Barbero, the new general coordinator of the organization, did not pass up the change to thank the commitment and the collaboration of institutions as the Octubre center, the MuVIM and the Carme center, which according to its General director, José Luis Pérez Pont “ have always been disposed tout help us since the beginning”.

For her part, Maria Colomer, the president of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, highlighted the fact that despite the restrictions caused by the covid-19, the meeting “will continue to favorize the public shows” although she admit the existence “of a plan B while waiting the evolutions of the events”. Colomer did not pass up the occasion of highlighting the help of the City council of Valencia, the Generalitat and the MCA Foundation, in addition to the collaboration of the Diputacio de València and the book General sub direction, for the fact that “without them, the celebration of this festival would be impossible; she also deicate a part of her speech to Glòria Tello, counselor of the Heritage et the cultural resources because “her commitment is essential to the progression of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani”.

An idyllic picture, which is not closing the eyes in front of the reality

The artist who realized the poster of the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani’s 8th edition, Xavier Mestre, wanted to explain his work before its exposure. According to its own words: the work has different scales. From one perspective, I wanted to highlight the Mediterranean as an element of unification and cohesion, for this reason, I remove the name of the countries while maintaining the aspect of a map. From another perspective I have been interested in an ancient map dating from the 1930s when the Mediterranean basin was represented with an idyllic vision. But it was necessary to nuance this utopian vision because of the serious social, economic and cultural problems that we cannot lose sight; for this reason, with the ambition of developing this project, I always keep in mind the motto of this edition and I wanted to present a Mediterranean Sea, blurred in the cultural globalization and a lot of circumstances which are, in a way, contaminating the common roots of the Mediterranean territories”.

The motto of Mostra Viva 2020 “Mediterranean emergency, the resistance of citizenship”, according to the Vicent Garcès conclusion speech of the event, refers to “all the conflicts which are suffering several neighboring countries, but also now the sanitarian emergency which we all are suffering and knowing”. The 8th edition of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani will run trough between the 1st and the 18th of October 2020