Perhaps many do not expect it, but Venice has a rebellious and combative soul which tries to resist the undeniable trend in the city to show only its “postcard” appearance, perfect for day trippers but not for its citizens. Venice is in fact, a city that struggles for living and fights to allow its residents to have a bakery and a grocery store, and not just mask shops (mostly unfortunately not authentic).
Laboratorio Morion is one of the symbols of Venice trying to resist the barbarization tied to the mere tourist business.
Laboratorio Morion is an autonomous, self-managed space, located in a popular area, far from the most tourist and commercial parts of Venice. The building was restored through a process of recovery, re-design and self-construction by the local activists and volunteers that are part of Laboratorio Morion.
Laboratorio Morion is animated by activists and volunteers who seek to use the space as a place of aggregation of locals for social and political debate. Recently it became a reference point for the city’s battle against the passage of the largest cruise ships in the Venice lagoon.
It is a space open to collaboration with local residents, associations, committees and working groups, sensitive to cultural, linguistic, musical and gastronomic contamination. Concerts, dinners, debates are often organized to support the activities of Laboratorio Morion.