An italian architect has transformed life in a Mali village, The Guardian
Turning the tree shade into light
I wanted to overcome darkness in rural Mali homaging the richness of malian culture with a new tool, a new dimension, a new beauty. For a civilisation accustomed to the glimmer of flashlights and the moonlight, I created a tool to turn the tree shade into light and introduce a new yet ancient principle: illuminate life.
Moving from Peter Kropotkin writings on independent communities, in 2010 I introduced the concept of collective light in rural Mali. Lighting tools owned by the village and shared for work education and cults, as a response to conventional public lighting solutions.
Concept and design Matteo Ferroni. Project run by Fondazione eLand in partnership with Association Faso Gnietaa and Rural Municipality of Cinzana with the support of FAD Fostering Arts and Design and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Alassane Dimbo Keita Association Faso Gnietaa, Yusuke Katsura JICA volunteer, Ruvani Fonseka Peace Corps volunteer, Mauro Favalli lighting engineer, Rokia Traoré musician, Valentina Dellavia scenographer, Youssouf Tata Cissé ethnologist, Aly Kouriba IER Mali, Rokia Traore musician, the women association of Sanogola village