The Museum of the other and elsewhere

A walk in a very unique place: the Maam Museum of the other and elsewhere, host of the Metropoliz_Città Meticcia, in the company of Velia Littera, curator and gallerist of Pavart in Rome. Velia led me to discover a world populated by living works of art.  In these environments, belonging to a former salami factory, passed to the property of a Roman group of constructions but in fact in a state of abandonment, are partly occupied by a small community of immigrants and precarious who inhabit it illegally.  Besides the families that live there, in the rooms once used as abattoir, a considerable number of artists have filled spaces and surfaces with works and installations of remarkable value, artistic and ideal.

The thing that strikes as soon as you enter the exhibition spaces is the smell, at times unbearable, of mold, damp and other, not well identified.  You have to be careful where you walk because the decommissioned machinery of the Salumificio clutter up the passage, the works are everywhere.  The artists in fact have nested, stuck in every corner, to leave their traces. This means that every square metre is dense with objects and images.

Baby Bang Bang

I went there to find and photograph, Bebébangbang, one of the works of Roberta Morzetti that are the subject of the project RO-MA, exhibited on the occasion of the Rome Art Week 2018 by Pavart.

A village preserves art

The web literature on the subject Maam is nourished, and I refer to the manifesto of the creators of Metropoliz, but also to the critical contributions of Art Tribune.  The action of Giorgio De Finis, sociologist and anthropologist who is the creator, now also director of MACRO, does not fail to generate criticism. The artists invited to contribute to this project of employment in fact, are opposed to the policies of museification of art in our country. In the visitors ' judgments, however, they emerge victorious from the confrontation with emblazoned institutions (I think of the MAXXI) that offer much less things to see, emotions to try, questions to ask: In short much less art of the twenty-first century.

Surprisingly, in doing a Google search, the high rating attributed to the Maam, not already by specialized magazines, but by Trip Advisor.  In fact the visitor experience is strong, rich, sometimes a punch in the stomach, but immersive and stimulating.  The whole operation represents a sociological experiment implemented by means of the cultural lever.  The community inhabiting the spaces annexed to the former Salumificio is peaceful (many children play and run outdoors), also involved in the choice of the works to be exhibited, which are subjected to the evaluation of a participatory assembly.  The social result is worthy of observation. Here you can breathe an air of a small village inhabited by families, who guard a ramshackled container of treasures of art. We are very far from other places occupied abusively, distressing scenarios of a degradation often irretrievable.  

Now the fortunes of these spaces and of this community are hung to the slender thread of the policy which must make decisions, dictated by the judgments of the judiciary, if it wants to compensate a property defrauded, without damaging the museum and without throwing in the middle of the Street people looking for ransom. The presence of valuable works, (what embarrassing to say), might be able to curb the bulldozers more than immigrant families.

Rome Art Week 2018

During the Rome Art Week RAW2018, Velia Littera, curator and gallerist, in his space Pavart of Monteverde Vecchio, invited me to create a photographic project with Roberta Morzetti. Ro-Berta and Ma-Ra are therefore Ro-MA in the Days of Rome Art Week, the week of contemporary art in Rome that involves many artists, gallerists, curators throughout the city.

We also had the joy of sharing the street art event with the artists Carlo Gori and Caltanino in a live performance organized precisely for Pavart on the gate shutters of a warehouse right next to Pavart, in via Dezza.

The inaugural event

Many friends and many new faces at the event organized by Pavart, with an electrifying atmosphere and many flattering comments and for me, the author of the photos and for Roberta, the author of the sculptures.  The setting as a whole forms a harmonious composition in which the photographs enhance the formal values and contents of Roberta’s works.  Personally I have never participated in a more exciting team work.

To see the entire collection of photographs, go here.


Fotoleggendo 2018

It is going to start Fotoleggendo 2018, the feast of photography organized and promoted by Officine Fotografia, and that will unfold in various places of Rome dedicated to photography.

Among these, the Atac Bridge of Garbatella, the pedestrian bridge that passes over the metro station, from 8 to 28 June will become an exhibition gallery of photos of the author, under the title of "A Bridge for photography". It will host a large collective exhibition of the associates of photographic workshops, a central reference of photography culture present in Rome and in Milan.

The inauguration will be Friday, June 8 from 18 to 20. 

In This context will also appear a portfolio of my photos, from the collection "rips", already present on these web pages.  Here the complete collection.


Flow of SAP

The vernissage of the exhibition organized by Velia Littera for Pavart in his showroom in Via Dei Genovesi.

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