Kastrignàna — the Ethnographic Museum of Pasts and Futures houses a collection of about 30 objects and artifacts that tell the past, present and futures, both likely and unlikely, of Castrignano de’ Greci.
Traditional toys and video-interviews, ancient tools and musical instruments, virtual postcards, electronic embroidery and syncretic niches all contribute, as narrative objects, to unveil Castrignano’s key topics. Griko, a native language on the fringe of extinction. The evolution of Pizzica, a traditional dance. The migratory movements from the town to Northern Italy and Switzerland and from Africa and the Middle East to the town. Water, as a source of both conflict and cooperation. Technology, as a propulsive force toward an alternative future.
By telling the stories of the city and its inhabitants from 2000 BC to AD 2100, Kastrignàna operates as a platform for debate around what Castrignano once was, today is and one day may be, in one or more futures, not necessarily consistent with each other.
The objects exhibited in Kastrignàna were collected, imagined and built at XYlab, a two-weeks workshop that took place in the Baronial Castle of Castrignano de’ Greci from the 16th to the 31st of July 2014. The museum opened for 24 hours on the 31st of July 2014.
The collection is now available to the citizens of Castrignano, who may expand it, modify it, exhibit it or destroy it as they please.