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ReSignifications - Palermo Capital of Culture 2018, Manifesta 12

date » 11-06-2018 17:02

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Organized by:
New York University Florence, Tisch School of Arts, in collaboration with Palermo Capitale della Cultura 2018/Manifesta 12 Biennial.



ReSignifications: Black Portraitures
A traveling exhibition curated by Awam Amkpa opens on June 17 Palermo, Sicily:‘Palermo Capital of Culture’ and Manifesta12 Biennial are pleased to open ReSignifications on Thursday June 7th at the Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee located in Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa. The exhibition first debuted in 2015 at the historic Villa La Pietra – New York University’s Florence campus and the Museo and Galleria Biagiotto in Florence. Now in its fourth reiteration it will have a public reopening this Sunday, June 17th at 4:30pm to mark the Manifesta 12 festivities and events.

After having traveled to Cooper Gallery at Harvard University and to Havana, Cuba as Significations, the highly-acclaimed multi-media art exhibition curated by Awam Amkpa has now returned to Italy. It is one of MANIFESTA 12’s seventy-one Collateral Events jury selected to run in parallel with the biennial. The show also served as the backdrop for the conference ‘ReSignifications: The Black Mediterranean’. Presented by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Florence: La Pietra Dialogues, the NYU Institute of African & African American Research and the University of Palermo, the conference took place from June 6 – 9. It was among a series of international conversations breaking new ground in the fields of African and African Diasporic art, literature, cultural theory, history and political practice. The four-day event concluded with two panel discussions aboard the GNV Atlas boat which sailed the Mediterranean Sea taking participants from Palermo to Naples and back.


Opening June 7 till November 30, 2018

Zona Arti Contemporanee - Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa
Via Paolo Gili 4
Palermo - Sicilia

The Game: Exhibition at New York University Florence, February 20, 2018

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'The Game: Migrant Life on the Border of the European Union' exhibition and talk at New York University Florence.

Opening at Villa Sassetti
February 20-March 2, 2018

The Game explores the daily life of migrants struggling to survive extreme physical and psychological conditions in refugee and reception centers or squats along the borders of Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria.
The exhibition will be open until March 2 by appointment at lapietra.dialogues@nyu.edu


OPENING AND TALK PROGRAM:
6:00 pm Introduction
Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence
6.05 The Game: Migrant Life on the Border of the European Union
Mario Badagliacca, Photographer
7:00 Q&A
7:30 Reception


La Pietra Dialogues

Location:
New York University Florence,
Villa Sassetti

Mediterranean

date » 16-01-2018 12:21

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Buy here: Mediterranean, Upset Press, Usa 2018
From the editors of Warscapes
92 pages, 9 ¼ × 7 ½
978-1-937357-98-6 (paper)
March 2018

The Mediterranean Sea has become a harrowing gauntlet for hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants each year. Through the intimacy and immediacy of fiction, poetry, photography and reportage, Mediterranean explores these turbulent journeys.

Lyric fiction by Edwidge Danticat, Maaza Mengiste, Boubacar Boris Diop, and Chika Unigwe hones in on the dislocation that marks individual passages. Mario Badagliacca’s haunting photos of found objects recovered from capsized vessels serve as a visual guide to communal tragedy. Poems by Jehan Bseiso and Ali Jimale Ahmed strain with memory and loss, while Hassan Ghedi Santur’s narrative reporting on African migration brings us inside Europe’s detention centers and camps through the eyes of those he meets there, holding the continent to blistering account for the systems it has built and the people it has failed. Evoking the sustenance of home, the book also includes recipes from migrants along with stories connecting them to the places they left behind.

Finally, Mediterranean offers an in-depth syllabus providing additional avenues for study through compelling literature, theory, art, and film.

'Playing The Game' on the journal EUI Life

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Interview to Mario Badagliacca for EUI Life, on his project and exhibit The Game, hosted at the European University Institute in Florence.
Written by Henry Goodwin on 19th January 2018.

Here the full article

Exhibition at the European University Institute Florence

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'The Game' exhibition at the European University Institute Florence,
Opening at the Cloister of Badia Fiesolana
10-31 January 2018

The European University Institute in Florence features the photography exhibition ‘The Game’ by Mario Badagliacca, at the conference The Ethics of Migration Beyond the Immigrant-Host State Nexus.
This exhibition is part of an on-going multimedia project documenting experiences of violation of human rights along the East European routes. The overall work is divided into chapters, each showing a specific aspect of migrants’ daily life. This central photographic core comprises 16 photographs that I took during several trips in the region. The goal is to explore life in refugee and transit centers, squats, and in the 'jungle' (the woods), by showing the daily practices used by migrants in order to survive extreme physical and psychological conditions.
‘The Game’ is the phrase used by migrants to refer to the dangerous trip across the Balkan Route. Independently of their origins and native tongues, all migrants use this English expression. They all attempt to cross the Balkan borders, walking or hidden in trains and trucks, up to fifteen or twenty times in a year, taking risky, multiple chances, like in a game. More often than not, the police takes them back to their departure point, often after having physically and psychologically abused them. The guards send dogs to rip them apart, push them to walk barefoot in the snow, beat them, destroy their mobile phones, and seize their money and the few items they carry. Abuses are widely documented by the international NGOs that every day give medical support to migrants.


European University Institute Conference - Program

Location:
European University Institute,
Cloister of the Badia Fiesolana,
Via Badia dei Roccettini, Florence


Italy is out-Beyond Borders exhibition in Tunisi

date » 30-11-2017 22:53

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Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy Exhibition of the TML Project. Istituto Italiano di Cultura Tunisi Opening 7 December till 21 February 2018

The exhibition BEYOND BORDERS - Transnational Italy is one of the principal research outputs of the AHRC project TML – Transnationalizing Modern Languages. Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures.
Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy displays both the processes and the results of the research in which TML has been engaged over the last three years, across different countries. The exhibition demonstrates how what we refer to as Italian language and Italian culture exceed geographical/territorial confines and operate through a constant process of rewriting and reworking of familiar ideas of tradition, nation and narration.

Beyond Borders also presents Italy is Out a photographic project by Mario Badagliacca, who has worked as artist in residence for the project, travelling to London, New York, Addis Ababa and Buenos Aires. Within the exhibition there are also other compositions that demonstrate the interest of TML for those artistic languages that encourage us to think of cultural identities in terms of the transnational.
TML researchers:
Charles Burdett, Jennifer Burns, Jacopo Colombini, Derek Duncan, Margaret Hills de Zàrate, Luisa Pèrcopo, Carlo Pirozzi, Loredana Polezzi, Marco Santello, Barbara Spadaro, Georgia Wall, Naomi Wells.


Curated by Viviana Gravano e Giulia Grechi/Routes Agency.

OPENING 7 December 2018 at 6.00pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Tunisi
80 Avenue Mohamed V
1002 Tunisi

'The Game'. Exhibition at the Fundação Gulbenkian

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'The Game' Exhibition at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lisboa, Portugal 2017
17 13 - 20 November 2017
Organized by 'ACEP – Association for the Cooperation of the People' this exhibition is part of an on-going multimedia project documenting experiences of violation of human rights along the East European routes. The overall work is divided into chapters, each showing a specific aspect of migrants’ daily life. This central photographic core comprises 16 photographs that I took during several trips in the region. The goal is to explore life in refugee and transit centers, squats, and in the 'jungle' (the woods), by showing the daily practices used by migrants in order to survive extreme physical and psychological conditions.
‘The Game’ is the phrase used by migrants to refer to the dangerous trip across the Balkan Route. Independently of their origins and native tongues, all migrants use this English expression. They all attempt to cross the Balkan borders, walking or hidden in trains and trucks, up to fifteen or twenty times in a year, taking risky, multiple chances, like in a game. More often than not, the police takes them back to their departure point, often after having physically and psychologically abused them. The guards send dogs to rip them apart, push them to walk barefoot in the snow, beat them, destroy their mobile phones, and seize their money and the few items they carry. Abuses are widely documented by the international NGOs that every day give medical support to migrants.


ACEP – Association for the Cooperation of the People
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Contactos e Informações
Av. de Berna, 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa
+351 217 823 000
info@gulbenkian.pt



Venice Art Night - Italy is Out

date » 25-05-2017 16:58

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Italy is out - Venice Art Night - University of Warwick, Venezia.
17 Giugno ore 18.00 - 22.00

L’Università di Warwick ospita nella sede di Palazzo Pesaro Papafava la mostra fotografica di Mario Badagliacca.
Fondata negli anni ’60, l’Università di Warwick è una delle università più rinomate in Inghilterra e nel mondo ed è presente a Venezia dal 1967 quando il dipartimento di Storia e in seguito quello di Storia dell’Arte scelsero la città per studiare il Rinascimento. Un centinaio saranno gli studenti del prossimo trimestre veneziano. La sede si trova a Palazzo Pesaro Papafava dove l’Università ospita anche conferenze accademiche, seminari, corsi intensivi a cui partecipano studenti e professori di tutto il mondo.


Programma completo: Venice Art Night programma

More Info Art Night Venezia
University of Warwick home page

Palazzo Pesaro Papafava - Calle de la Racheta, 30121 Venezia

Exhibition at the Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University

date » 10-04-2017 18:48

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Italy is out at the Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University.

OPENING Friday, April 21st 2017, 09.00 - 10.00: Mario Badagliacca in conversation with Valerio Ferme, University of Colorado at Boulder.
11.00: Photography Installation “Italy is Out”, Hopkins Hall Gallery.
The research is part of the AHRC-funded project “Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures” involving researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Queen Margaret, St Andrews, and Warwick.


Ohio State University - Conference program

TML project Web Site

Hopkins Hall HC
Building 149
128 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

TIFA Tokyo International Foto Awards

date » 12-01-2017 01:31

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Italy is out received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards 2016, Category People: Lifestyle.
'Italy is out' is part of the research of the AHRC-funded project 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures' involving researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Queen Margaret, St Andrews, and Warwick.
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