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In many places of the planet, initiatives and campaigns are multiplying for the recognition of the rights and legal personality of rivers as an innovative tool for their protection. Local and indigenous communities, inspired by the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth adopted in Cochabamba (Bolivia) in 2011, are intensifying their efforts in support of a radical paradigm shift from anthropocentrism to the recognition of the rights of all living beings. This is an essential condition for addressing the crisis of civilization and the environment in which humanity is currently embroiled. A network of initiatives, campaigns, and mobilizations contributes to outlining an alternative map, a critical geography of the Anthropocene (, and holds potential solutions within it. At the international level, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers ( has been launched to engage global public opinion and broaden the audience of those who are mobilizing for the rights of rivers. This is the context in which the collective A4C-ArtsForTheCommons participated with their work “Vilcabamba-de iura fluminis et Terrae” in the 23rd Sydney Biennale titled “Rīvus,” produced in collaboration with a transnational collective of activists, artists, and academics. As a result of this experience, they were invited to participate in the RIVA Project.

Following the research related to their work “Rīvus,” A4C-ArtsForTheCommons conducted a residency by invitation from MAD in collaboration with Artegiro Contemporary Art. A4C’s methodology is based on a collaborative and participatory approach: workshops, field visits, meetings, site-specific interventions, collective mapping, and collections of experiences presented in the project room on the ground floor of MAD.

The residency involved the formation of a working group of young artists, curators, and cultural mediators who supported research in the Tuscan territory based on three main themes: “Sentipensare con l’Arno” as a mode of “sentimental” and sensory connection with the river ecosystem, “I am the river, the river is me” inspired by the ancestral Maori culture, and “River as an active subject” as an essential premise for imagining a path that recognizes the rights of the Arno River as a river and as an ecosystem.


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Arts for The Commons (A4C)

Arts for The Commons (A4C) è un esercizio collettivo inteso a fornire una piattaforma per artisti e attivisti che esplorano le connessioni e le sinergie tra la produzione visiva e le lotte di rivendicazione dei commons, per affrontare temi relativi alla migrazione umana, ai confini, alla giustizia sociale e ambientale. Hanno partecipato alla 23ma Biennale di Sydney e alla Biennale BAM di Palermo nel 2022.


Rosa Jijón


Artista, attivista e mediatrice culturale, ex direttore del CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito). Ha partecipato a varie mostre internazionali (Biennale di Venezia, Biennale dell’Avana, Biennale di Cuenca, Bienal Poligráfica de San Juan, Porto Rico) e residenze artistiche internazionali tra cui ARTEA, Residencia Sur Antarctica e Q21 Vienna. Si occupa di mobilità umana e migrazione, cittadinanza, giustizia sociale e ambiente, e si è impegnata nella produzione artistica... partecipativa con organizzazioni e comunità di base, dalle donne migranti, alle comunità Rom, alle popolazioni indigene e alle bande di strada. Già Segretaria Culturale dell’Organizzazione Internazionale Italo Latino-americana (IILA).

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Francesco Martone


Francesco Martone è membro del Tribunale internazionale sui diritti della natura e “associato” del Transnational Institute. Già Senatore della Repubblica Italiana, dal 1988 si occupa di questioni relative a foreste, cambiamenti climatici, diritti della Natura, diritti delle popolazioni indigene, difensori dell’ambiente e giustizia ambientale. Membro fondatore di Greenpeace Italia, è giurato e membro del Tribunale Permanente dei Popoli ed è stato consulente politico per ONG... internazionali sui diritti dei popoli indigeni.

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Zoe Lujic

Zoe Lujic, founder of Earth Thrive – organisation for prevention and remediation of ecocides in the Balkans and MENA regions currently concerned with the Rights of Nature for rivers of her native Balkans. Holds MSc in Environmental Decision Making and also has a background in permaculture and actively participated in campaigns for the recognition of Ecocide . She is a member of GARN Europe.

Léa Corbière

Lea Corbière, Francophone and European Coordinator in the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature & Student at Sciences Po Toulouse, France. Her master thesis dealt with the translation of science by law in the field of pesticides.