The Sout Heritage Foundation
The SoutHeritage Foundation for Contemporary Art was established in 2003 as an
independent and non-profit organization that work through a format of “expanded
foundation”. Rediscovering the importance of territorial historical heritage,
the Foundation produces and sets its cultural projects in historical and
symbolic places of the city of Matera (site of the famous UNESCO World Heritage
Sites) and of Basilicata region, thus contributing to the vivification of
historical-architectural memory of the natural and anthropized territory, which
becomes a source of inspiration for contemporary artists called to intervene in
various contexts and to redefine their perception, fruition and function of
place. The foundation, awarded in 2005 with the Guggenheim Impresa&Cultura
Award, works in synergy with public and private institutions, academies and
universities. Through free access to art events, research and training program,
the foundation promotes broad accessibility to contemporary art and culture.
His staff, composed of a lean and dynamic working group that collaborates with
artists, theorists, critics, researchers, curators, collectors and other
subjects who play an active role in the fields of contemporary art and
research, for the production of works and innovative projects.
It has been included in the list of I luoghi del Contemporaneo in Italia (The places of Contemporary in Italy), published by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (now MiBAC, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) and by PARC, Directorate General for the Protection and Quality of Landscape, Architecture and Contemporary Art (Gangemi editore, 2003) and in the study entitled Design e nuove tecnologie per lo sviluppo economico dei beni culturali (Design and new technologies for the economic development of cultural heritage), promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development and by Valore Italia Foundation (ed. Palombi, 2010).