The work of the Bianco-Valente company, invited to Sansepolcro by the CapoTrave/Kilowatt Association, continues. After an initial artistic residency in the city, during which the company met the historical associations involved in the re-enactments of the Settembre Biturgense (Crossbowmen and Flag-throwers Associations, the Popular Theater Company), the artists decided to create the Palio della Balestra 2022. Starting from what was the Palio of the 15th century, the project intends to recreate a banner that can represent the citizens of Sansepolcro. To achieve this goal, citizens are invited to participate in making the Palio, through the collection of tablecloths, dishcloths, sheets, linen or hemp fabrics, to be left at the offices of the CapoTrave/Kilowatt Association at the Teatro alla Misericordia.

The collected materials will be delivered to the A Valley of Women Association, which will unravel the weave of the fabrics received and deliver the threads to the Giovagnoli High School of Art in Sansepolcro, which will weave the banner. The Palio 2022 will be exhibited during next Settembre Biturgense and presented to the winners.

The project is curated by the art critic Pietro Gaglianò and is developed with the support of Toscanaincontemporanea and Creative Living Lab, a call promoted by the General Direction for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, and mentored by Roberto Ferrari, director of the Galileo Museum-Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence.

Artists Giovanna Bianco and Pino Valente live in Naples, where they met in 1993. The poetics of the artistic duo is based on the observation of relationships and their complexity. They begin their journey by investigating the body-mind duality, the evolution of patterns of interaction between life forms, perception, transmission of experiences, and relationships through storytelling and writing. Since 2008, they have been curating with Pasquale Campanella the public art project A Cielo Aperto, developed in Latronico, Basilicata, pursuing the idea of working on the construction of an open-air diffuse museum, in which different permanent works dialogue with the mountain environment, and of intervening in the urban space with shared and participatory planning.