Migration, Urban development

Golden Retreat. European reborn of forsaken micro shortlist


Who is behind this?

Antoine Kersse

Golden Retreat


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The 2008 economic crisis has had a strong impact on Southern Europe, driving many villages to lose their population because of their geographical isolation. Golden Retreat captures and reveals initiatives and innovating economies that give a new pulse to these abandoned micro-urbanities. Learning from individual energies, Golden Retreat contributes to the revival of the other declining villages of Europe, framing and supporting the construction of new infrastructures for an economic renewal.

Where will your idea take place?

Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece

Why does Europe need your idea?

Some isolated and abandoned territories are overtaking economical and social challenges thanks to inspired individuals in retreat (new way of life, new relation to work, no work at all or changing environment). They invest villages and reconnect them to the territory through a new scale (heritage, economy, social relations). Golden Retreat challenges the understanding and the report of these initiatives to other European villages in paralysis or recession before they reach such a critical stage.

What is your impact?

Golden Retreat will raise awareness on potentials of micro-urbanities through the aesthetics field of Photography. These villages are our European civilization heritage we need to preserve and make thrive. Together with local actors, Golden Retreat will frame the development of embryonic structures all around Europe.

How do you get there?

Golden Retreat has two phases. First, an itinerant journey through four Mediterranean countries will capture symptomatic examples of re-activated micro-urbanities deeply impacted by the crisis. Then, a series of exhibitions and workshops will present the collected initiatives in a French declining territory, to its local actors. Together with some of the initiators met during the trip they will participate to the elaboration of innovative models of urban, social and economical development, adapted to these specific contexts. Publications and extra exhibitions could help spreading the concept to other townships.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Golden Retreat is a European scale project that will both touch individual initiatives, with new actors carrying new models of economy, social interactions and services, as well as inhabitants and township actors of these declining villages.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Golden Retreat tries to understand contemporary issues by a subtle approach mixing artistic and socio-political perspectives. The combination of these fields aims to reveal a common European Heritage.

€ 38000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 38000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Tips : 4 x 1 month. accommodation and personal costs 7000 EUR, transportation 6000 EUR. Photographic work : Rolls and development 1000 EUR, exhibition prints 4000 EUR. Workshops : 2 x 1 week. contributors travel tickets 6000 EUR, accommodation and food 12000 EUR. Communication : 2000 EUR.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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