The Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) of the MiBAC in occasion of Manifesta 12 – the European Nomadic Biennial of contemporary art and culture – is proud to promote “Education Hub”, a bus that will bring creativity to neighbourhoods across Italy. Palermo will also host the presentation of projects by the 5 artists supported by the international call organised by the Italian Council: Eva Frapiccini, Margherita Moscardini, Lara Favaretto, Alterazioni Video and Luca Trevisani (the last three selected to participate in collateral events).
“Education Hub” will be inaugurated on 15 June at 3:30 p.m. in Piazza Magione, attended by Federica Galloni, Director of the DGAAP. For the duration of the Biennial, the bus will travel to the city’s peripheries to promote a dense programme of site-specific interventions: performances, workshops, meetings, film screenings, guided tours and digital learning projects. The initiative belongs to the activities of the Manifesta 12 Education Department and is realised in collaboration with the University of Palermo, the Fine Arts Academy and the AMAT public transportation company, which provided the decommissioned bus. The exterior and interiors of the bus were redesigned by students from the University (Industrial Design 3 Laboratory, prof. Viviana Trapani, Department of Architecture) and the Fine Arts Academy (Graphic Design course, prof. Cinzia Ferrara, Department of Design and Applied Arts), coordinated by the Madrid architectural practice ENORME Studio.
"With Education Hub it is our intention to contribute to spreading awareness about contemporary art throughout the city of Palermo, in particular in its peripheries, considered fertile terrains for the growth and development of the creativity of Italy’s artists of the future. The DGAAP has always been attentive toward the needs of marginal territories and is committed to promoting the multiple forms of contemporary art” Federica Galloni stated. “For this reason – she continued – we are proud that some of the works supported by the Italian Council are presented during the prestigious Manifesta event, one of the world’s leading international art events”.
The winners of the Italian Council 2017 editions presented in Palermo are:
- Raymond/Via Roma 398. Palermo by Luca Trevisani, promoted by the non-profit organisation Fondazione per l’Arte. The work pays homage to the figure of Raymond Roussel through the realisation of an artist’s book and a series of events and works of art inside the Grand Hotel et des Palmes in Palermo. (One of the collateral events during Manifesta).
- Incompiuto: la nascita di uno stile by Alterazioni Video prmoted by the Incompiuto Siciliano Association. An exhibition and a book recount the most important Italian architectural style of the past 50 years. (One of the collateral events during Manifesta).
- Il Pensiero che non diventa Azione avvelena l'Anima by Eva Frapiccini promoted by the Connecting Cultures Association and the Isole Association. The work investigates the victims and leading figures of mafia wars through photographs documenting diaries, documents and notes found in public and private archives.
- Inventory. The Fountains of Za’atari by Margherita Moscardini, promoted by the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. This project is the fruit of the artist’s work inside the Za'atari Camp, the second largest refugee camp in the world. Moscardini began with an observation of the camp’s water system, to produce an inventory of fountains constructed by camp residents inside their homes, imagining their international presentation in the future as sculptures that become the object of virtuous acquisitions. The results of the project will be presented in an artist’s book and a sculpture for the art collection at the Madre · Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum in Naples.
- Indagare il sottosuolo. Atlante delle storie omesse by Lara Favaretto, promoted by the Fondazione Donnaregina for contemporary art in Naples - Madre · Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum in Naples and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The work includes the realisation of a Time Capsule containing core samples from the ground beneath Pompeii. In Palermo the artist will present the methodology of research guiding the project, through an exhibition of stolen relics that have been returned to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and the books reconstructing the history of the Monte dei Pegni di Santa Rosalia in Palermo, at Palazzo Branciforte, which hosts the exhibition. (One of the collateral events during Manifesta).