Oren Fisher, Hadar Mitz, Margherita Moscardini, Edith Oellers, Klaus Richter, Francesco Simeti
Exhibition curated by Susanne Anna, Laura Barreca, Raya Zommer-Tal
in collaboration with StadtMuseum, Düsseldorf and Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod
Opening: Sunday, 15th December, 12pm
Exhibition period: 15th December 2019 – 12nd April 2020
Museo Civico Castelbuono
Piazza Castello, Castelbuono (PA)
From December 15th 2019 to April 12nd 2020 the Museo Civico Castelbuono (Palermo) presents the exhibition Migration, curated by Susanne Anna, Laura Barreca, Raya Zommer-Tal, directors of the StadtMuseum Düsseldorf (Germany), of Museo Civico di Castelbuono (Italy) and of Janco-Dada Museum in Ein Hod (Israel). Migration is a traveling exhibition, co-produced by the three museums, with the support of the Federico II Foundation. The exhibition Migration represents the closing event of the program of BAM – Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo a Palermo (www.bampalermo.com), the international festival of theatre, music and visual arts dedicated to the peoples and cultures of the countries bordering the sea, focused on the themes of acceptance and dialogue. After Castelbuono, the exhibition Migration will be showed at the Janco-Dada Museum of Ein Hod (May-December 2020) and finally at the StadtMuseum in Düsseldorf (June-August 2021).
Three geographical poles that express three different points of view on the theme of migration, analysing their elements and problems according to different European and Mediterranean perspectives and latitudes. The aim of the project is to involve museums as privileged "observers" of the present, soliciting in the public a critical reflection through the eyes of six artists from 3 different countries, selected by the three Museums directors.
The exhibition project, with the curatorial coordination of Alessandro Pinto, includes about twenty works by Oren Fisher, Hadar Mitz, Margherita Moscardini, Edith Oellers, Klaus Richter, Francesco Simeti, which investigate the political, economic and geographical differences on migration, a question of historical significance, generated by precarious living conditions, situations of violence, wars, and the growing gap between poor and rich countries.
The Mayor of Castelbuono, Mario Cicero, claims that “cultural institutions today must be at the forefront in reaffirming the values of acceptance, solidarity, all ideals of humanity at the base of the democracies of the 21st century, also through artistic projects able to speak with intellectual honesty to the community”.
As Monsignor Domenico Mogavero Fina, Archibishop of Mazara del vallo declared: The issue of migration needs urgently to be freed from psychological fears and pressures, from populist propaganda, from the sandbanks of political immobility. Let us give back to the phenomenon its anthropological and humanitarian value and, above all, we should privilege the cultural and educational aspects, for which the sensitivity of the younger generation is particularly aware. Cohabitation between different people in the school's compulsory education system, in fact, facilitates the acceptance and welcoming of the other person perceived as equal, even if different. Also, for this matter, as for the environment, let us give the floor to children and adolescents because they have new messages to propose.
As Laura Barreca states, "Migration is a project born from the collaboration of three cultural institutions in the heart of the Mediterranean and Europe, united by the need to confront not only migration issues, but more broadly on the role of museums, and how they can contribute critically understanding contemporary reality through art ".
Patrizia Monterosso, President of the Federico II Foundation in her catalogue contribution: “The risk lying in our need to put some order in our lives is to simplify the immigration phenomenon and the death of thousands of men, women and children, adopting a schematic approach based on belonging and exclusion, useful lives and superfluous lives. This way the tragedy of immigration becomes more and more devastating as we become passive spectators of a constantly rising number of deaths.”
"My curatorial idea refers to the term ‘migration’ only as the state in which a person chooses to leave his country when his life or freedom is in danger. This was the condition of the Jews in Europe before and during the Holocaust", describes Raya Zommer-Tal's contribution to the project.
Susanne Anna refers to the condition of multiculturalism in Germany: “City history is the history of migration in the City Museum of Düsseldorf. So the collaboration with the German, Italian and Israeli colleagues and artists about migration is appropriate. A social, liberal and multicultural urban climate characterized the small city on the Rhine from the beginning”.
Oren Fischer (Israel) is a street artist, autodidact and activist; his artistic work is influenced by the daily struggle between his neighbours in the noisy district of Tel Aviv. In his works he creates his own language, incorporating images, texts and typographical characters with irony and social criticism.
Hadar Mitz (Israel) observes nature and deduces human behavior from it: in the exhibition Mitz presents a series of photographs and videos evocative of the complexity of human and non-human nature.
Margherita Moscardini (Italy) with the neon work “The Decline of the Nation State and the End of the Rights of Man”, title of chapter no. 9 of The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) by Hannah Arendt, refers to the destiny of human rights together with that one of the Nation State, that is the paradigm through which we are used to see divided the planet. History demonstrates that stateless minorities were never assured the inalienable rights, because “the world never found anything sacred in the nakedness of being human”. To make public this thought by Arendt, means to introduce the observer into an era which has recognized the urgency to change the paradigm.
Two works in the exhibition of Edith Oellers (Germany) – Plötzlicher Aufbruch and Geheime Wanderung (Sudden Departure and Secret Hike) – show groups of people on the move. For the artist Migration means leaving own country and place in the world, but also having an inner strength driven by imagination. The images are symbolically painted on the back of geographic maps typical of schools.
Klaus Richter (Germany) recalls how, after the Second World War, his family was forced to leave Bohemia, a region where the Germans had lived for six hundred years. The very personal portrait of 1948 of the family and others expelled in a camp in the city of Hof, in Upper Bavaria, supports a sculpture in which a migrant with a long stride goes towards his destiny of fear, but also of curiosity and hope.
Francesco Simeti (Italy) shows his large velvet panels, Curtain (2017). On its lush surface are interweaved histories of art from East and West, providing a compendium of painting, sculpture and photography. “Curtain” becomes a portal transporting the viewer to sculptures in Russia or the Trump Towers in India, amid flowers, foliage, mountains and clouds appropriated from Italian art history. The scale of the depicted elements reverses the normal size at which they exist in the world. The artist reduces monuments and buildings and enlarges grass and flowers, pushing them outside the ornamental function which they are usually assigned.
In order to develop knowledge and awareness of the themes of the exhibition in the younger generations, the Museo Civico di Castelbuono has scheduled a series of conferences, debates, projections and public meetings aimed at involving schools. Museum guests will be journalists, activists, associations, experts in humanitarian rights and refugees who directly and daily face the migration issue, called to give testimony of their work in order to increase knowledge of the facts and develop a renewed sense of civic responsibility. Among these Monsignor Domenico Mogavero Fina, Archibishop of Mazara del Vallo (TP), Emma Averna and Aldo Premoli, co-founders of Mediterranean Association of Sicily Europe; Alessandra Sciurba, lawyer of Mediterranea Saving Humans; Clementina Cordero di Montezemolo, president of Beyond Lampedusa Association; Leila Segal, founder of the non-profit Voice of Freedom, Paola Caridi, journalist and writer, Clarissa Podbielski, lawyer in Human Rights, and others.
Furthermore, the Friends of the Civic Museum of Castelbuono has developed a program of events that will take place during the exhibition period.
The exhibition includes a catalogue in Italian and English, published by Edizioni Kalós, with texts by the three curators, Maria Enza Puccia, President of the Museo Civico Castelbuono, Patrizia Monterosso, Director General of the Federico II Foundation, Andrea Cusumano, Artistic Director of BAM, Clarissa Podbielski, Lawyer and expert in human rights, international law and refugee law.
On the occasion of the 2019 Christmas holidays, from December 8th, on the façade of the Ventimiglia Castle, will be set up a light installation conceived by #ditosinistro, from 2015 extension of the thought of the artist Francesco De Grandi. A grungy red writing that the author performs with the left hand, addressing contemporary issues with a caustic and strongly incisive attitude.
The Museo Civico Castelbuono wishes to thank Giulia Briguglia, Andrea Cusumano, Valentina Bruschi, Michael Kortländer, Cristina Lombardo, Sergio Capraro, Elisa Miotti, Galleria Ex Elettrofonica, Roma, Galleria Francesca Minini, Milano, Sandro Cicero, Giuseppe Migliazzo, and the partners for the support to the cultural activities: Azienda Fiasconaro, Fecarotta Antichità, Hotel Paradiso delle Madonie, The Hotel Sphere (Palermo), Villa Catalfamo (Cefalù).
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EXHIBITION: Migration. Oren Fisher, Hadar Mitz, Margherita Moscardini, Edith Oellers, Klaus Richter, Francesco Simeti, curated by Susanne Anna, Laura Barreca and Raya Zommer-Tal.
VENUE: Museo Civico di Castelbuono, Piazza Castello – Castelbuono (PA)
OPENING: domenica 15 dicembre, ore 12.00
OPENING TIMES: 12.15.2019 to 04.12.2020
WINTER SCHEDULE: (effective from October 1st to March 31st) from Monday to Sunday: 09.30 – 17.00
TICKETS: full price € 5,00; reduced price € 3,00 (visitors aged over 65 and between 8 and 18, school groups and groups of 12 or more adults, Touring club and Members of the institutions that have signed a convention); reduced price € 2.00 for residents and born in Castelbuono and other conventions; free admittance for children under 7 years old, visitors with disabilities and accompanying persons, teachers, tour guides with groups, Art and Architecture students, ICOM card, journalists with accreditation.