Movements With Children In/Through/With Spaces of Art
Images of the child (Malaguzzi, 1994) are formed and shaped by historical, economic, political, and paradigmatic contexts that are intricately linked to our own experiences, nostalgia, and projections. The physical spaces that we create and the materials that we select reflect our expectations about making art with children. Thus, the processes by which the idea of the child/childhood bears cultural meanings are reified within temporal and physical spaces. In Movements With Children In/Through/With Spaces of Art, we turn our attention to the contexts out of which ideas about children and childhood are imagined.
Laura Trafí-Prats’s essay, The Existential Territories of Global Childhoods: Resingularizing Subjectivity Through Ecologies of Care and the Art of Ahlam Shibili, opens the essays in this section. Here, Trafí-Prats draws upon photography to discuss the construction of childhood within the ecological spaces of globalization. In the second essay, Visualizing Spaces of Childhood, Heather Kaplan explores the connections between our images of the child and our understandings of children’s spaces to posit childhood itself as a construction of both image and space. Finally, Giulio Ceppi shares the intricate nature of ecological connectivity in the design of architectural spaces for young children’s learning. His essay, A ‘Widespread Atelier’ to Explore Energies: From Wave to Wave: A Unique Place where Science, Art, and Design Intersect and Converge in an Open and Dynamic Way,” offers insight into the development of an atelier in the Apennine Mountains and challenges us to rethink what counts as art materials in children’s lives.