Robida / 7
Robida is a multilingual cultural magazine. It is published yearly by the association Robida which is based in Topolò, a village of twenty inhabitants on the border between Italy and Slovenia. The magazine explores different topics – such as abandonment, silence, the relation between domesticity and wildness etc. – which are connected to the place where the magazine comes to life, namely Topolò. The seventh issue, the biggest and most complex till now, reflects on the forest which is explored through essays, photography, art projects, academic texts, interviews, personal stories and with a balance between the poetic and the scientific gaze.
With its 336 pages, the magazine has been conceived as a forest which can be explored and walked through. Browsing through the magazine will be like walking through a forest, starting from areas with sparse vegetation and going deeper and deeper into the darkness of the woods.
The contributions are organized following this idea: we first encounter the forest where the light still reaches the ground and where words are sparse as trees. The atmosphere is light and playful. Leafing through the magazine, we meet denser areas, where the discourse becomes thicker, those woods where the light seldom touches the ground. The air is wet, there are lichens, mosses, insects. We slowly start to explore what the forest is, interpreting its spaces and products, coming closer to specific types of trees and animals… Going on, the centre of the magazine corresponds to the darkest part of the forest, where words become complex and stories sometimes unspeakable: walking is difficult and words are intricate. Once out of this central, dense and dark landscape, we begin to walk out from the forest, where the content becomes once again lighter and more luminous with every step we take back into the sun.
Contributors: Giovanni Aloi (IT-USA), Silvia Amancei (RO), Bogdan Armanu (RO), Jimena García Álvarez-Buylla (MX), Gabriela Basta (PL), Alessia Bernardini (IT), Greta Biondi (IT), Elena Braida (IT-NL), Omar Cheikh (IT), Gloria Cianchi (IT), Nino Ciccone (IT), Callum Copley (UK-NL), Zuzia Derlacz (PO), Adele Dipasquale (IT-NL), Elia Fidanza (IT), Anna Maria Fink (AT), Teresa Frausin (IT-FI), Alessandro Furchino Capria (IT), Giovanni Emilio Galanello (IT), Ira Grünberger (AT-NL), Camilla Isola (IT), Nina I ycka (PO), Morta Jonynaite (LT), Jani Van Kampen (NL), Laure Keyrouz (LB-IT), Zuzanna Kofta (PO), Jakob Koncut (SLO), Mateja Kurir (SLO), Kim Lang (CH-NL), Antônio Frederico Lasalvia (BR-PT), Bruno Lopes (BR), Giovanni Leghissa (IT), Polonca Lovšin (SLO), Francesca Lucchitta (IT-NL), Giovanna Mackenna (UK-IT), Tracy Mackenna (UK-IT), Jannete Mark (RU-NL), Bianca Maldini (IT), Roberta Manuseto (IT), Fabien Marques (FR-IT), Igor Martinig (IT), Francisco Mojica (CO-NL), Francesca Morici (IT-DK), Maria Moschioni (IT), Maruša Mugerli Lavrenčič (SLO), Marta Oliva (IT), Marta Olivieri (IT), Joanna Pellizzer (IT), Peter P ügler (AT-NL), Teo Giovanni Poggi (IT), Barbara Prezelj (SLO-IE), Titta C. Raccagni (IT), Malgorzata Rej (PL), Paola Ristoldo (IT), Vittoria Rubini (IT-PO), Elena Rucli (IT), Renzo Rucli (IT-SLO), Vida Rucli (IT), Alessandro Ruzzier (IT), Andrea Salerno (IT-NL), Pola Salicka (PO), Urška Savič (SLO), Laura Savina (IT), Elfi Seidel (DE), Aljaž Škrlep (SLO-IT), Anna-Sophie Springer (DE), Maike Statz (AU-NO), Barbara Stimoli (IT), Studio Nses-Enrico Siardi (IT), Gabriela Szalanska (PO), Francesca Tebaldini (IT), Miguel Teodoro (PL), Ariane Toussaint (FR-NL), Lucrezia Travella (IT), Andreina Trusgnach (IT), Elena Tuan (IT), Tina Volarič (SLO), Beatrice Zerbato (IT)
* all the contributions are published in their original language