As co-founders of FUNDAI, we are fully convinced about the mighty force of art, as a tool for social and individual transformation. From its origins, the main mission of the Foundation has been generating social and inclusive awareness. The Foundation is currently in a stage of readapting its objectives. Aware of the difficulties that artists are ongoing, regarding problems of a global nature such as labour inclusion, possibilities of training, continuing with their studies and even generating new accessible channels to market their work; FUNDAI is dedicated in collaborating in the resolution of these conflicts, without loosing focus on the social actions that the Foundation had been developing since its origins
FUNDAI favors and paves the way for artists to extend their personal development through their art, expanding inclusive awareness to a greatest number of people in respect of inclusive values -main axis of the Foundation -. It is a space that allows people to transcend barriers and difficulties of many kinds, whether physical, relational and/or inclusive, thus achieving social insertion. Art is a space for expression, personal development, meeting place and a place for social and labor participation. In its various manifestations – visual arts, literature or music -, these human activities should be accessible to the entire population. Faithful to Gabriela Mistral´s expression, “humanity should be humanized”. No doubt at all, inclusion in the different spheres of society is the great challenge of this century.
Fundai is focused on the qualifications required for each person to experience art. To that end, it generates actions such as performances, conferences and artistic interventions in public and private spaces, inviting artists in line with their goals. Finally, we know we´re right when we say that the best way to remember or learn something is through emotions. Art touches us, therefore, what is learned by experiencing art, is incorporated forever into our heritage.
DANIEL PAPALEO / HÉCTOR TASSINO
FUNDAI was created in 2016 by artists Daniel Papaleo and Héctor Tassino, both sculpturers and disciples / collaborators of Master Ennio Iommi, one of the greatest referents within the Argentine contemporary sculpture.
Guided by an inclusive and social sense, they discovered throughout their own artistic career, the obstacles faced by people with disabilities, when connecting with works of art. During an art exhibition of their works, taking place in a University with a class for blind students, they faced the difficulties of the group when connecting with the sculptures that hung from the ceiling without touching the ground. This prevented them from using their senses to connect with the works. For these students, the works were a real obstacle.
Touched by this reality hitting them in their faces, Papaleo and Tassino started looking for a solution to this problem. Investigating, they began constructing works that can be perceived and experienced by all, using sound in connection with their works -an element sharing physical laws with light as image conductor -. They deducted that sound could be an image conductor as well, only within a different timming and speed.
This is how the first inclusive works were born, along with the great challenge. The biggest discovery was finding that after experiencing these works through their senses, the blind opened their minds towards inclusion. The goal was more than met and was expanded to include other artists sharing this same vision of art and life. Only then, Papaleo and Tassino betted to universalize this message by creating FUNDAI, a non profit Foundation working with art as a vehicle for transformation.
We are a massive group of artists from different countries, wishing to improve our society by generating a greater inclusive awareness, using art as a vehicle of transformation.
List of artists
Notwithstanding the differences, whether its about creed, religion, race, gender, disability, economic, labor or others, FUNDAI proposes the goal of uniting all, appealing to the artist´s creativity by transmitting a message of inclusion through art – in its various performative ways or others -, thus involving the public