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JOURNEY TO ITALY XXI – The Gaze on the Other

28 October 2022 – March 2023

The exhibition presents and crosses perspectives on the Italian present by eight artists working in Italy or Germany

Curated by Ludovico Pratesi

Guido Casaretto, Crossing Carnevale (Video, 15 min, 2019) © by the artist

“JOURNEY TO ITALY XXI “deals with the practice of traveling to Italy today, which has changed fundamentally since Goethe’s time. But there are still some similarities: every journey is a confrontation with something new, something different. And it also means facing one’s imagination with reality.

The exhibition presents and crosses perspectives of eight artists of different generations working in Italy and Germany and analyses the situation of Italy and Germany in an Europe shaken by crisis. The state of emergency seems to have become a kind of hallucinatory normality.

Supranational relations have recently become very complex and often themes such as migration, gender diversity, climate change, the assertion of minority identities, populism or limitation of freedom due to pandemics are on the focus of artistic creation.

In the global society of the 21st century, the issue of the relationship to “the Other” has become crucial and acute. How does each of us relate to the need of establishing relationships with those who are different from ourselves? And what is the attitude behind it?

Each of the artists is asked to answer this question with a single work: How do you relate to the other?

The view of an opposite- today and yesterday – becomes the thread of a narration in a European present full of contradictions and ruptures.

The artists are: Francesco Arena, Guido Casaretto, Johanna Diehl, Esra Ersen, Silvia Giambrone, Benedikt Hipp, Christian Jankowski, Alessandro Piangiamore.