A cinematographic exhibition at the Civic Archaeological Museum – Bologna Museums Institutions: a series of feature-length screenings that, in one way or another refer to ‘Italy’ as a sort of meaning within a psycho-geographical frame.
The films selected present and critique the particular legends in which ‘Italy’ is manifested, not the Italy of Viva L’Italia by Roberto Rossellini (1961), but the Italy at the end of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s of Bertolucci, Pasolini and others, when the events in Paris in 1968 were still resonating.
These films deal with political, social and personal conflicts with a brand new approach. They are rich in inventiveness, in terms of cinematographic form and for the political and individual imagination that they manage to create. The choice of a museum space and the format of an art exhibition for the screenings of feature-length films will offer the public the possibility to experience them in the form of a material archive rather than as individual works from which to derive critical narration. The sense of the exhibition is not only to show the films from a specific historical moment to celebrate the artistic value but also to question their legacy and their political influence today with a public that has not necessarily experienced the historical conditions that made them pertinent at the moment of their release. Thus they offer the public the possibility to travel back in time to see how this body of work can hold up in our contemporary state of distraction.
Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer. Until recently he was Head of the department for Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London. Currently he teaches at Birkbeck University in London and is visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Centre for Contemporary Art. The most recent exhibition he curated, Things Fall Apart (2016) analyses the artistic legacy of former Soviet countries and related nations, a theme examined previously in Re- imagining October at the Calvert 22 Foundation (2009) in London together with Isaac Julien. Nash established a deep collaborative relationship with Okwui Enwezor for Documenta 11, and The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994, events that both date back to 2002, and ore recently on The Arena Project at the Venice Biennale in 2015 with an epic live reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. He also collaborated with Ute Meta Bauer at the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004). Nash has curated many exhibitions that centred on artists’ work with the image in movement, including exhibitions such as: Experiments with Truth, at the Fabric Workshop and the Museum of Philadelphia (2004-5); One Sixth of the Earth, ecologies of image, at the ZKM in Karlsruhe and at MUSAC in Leon (2012-2013). Together with Joshua Jiang he curated the Shadow Never Lies, M21:21st Century Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai (2016), an important international event centred on the role of the ‘Shadow Image’ (yingxiang) in its digital and analogue forms in contemporary art.
Opening times and dates:
The show will be open from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29, January 2017 at the following times:
Admission is 3 euro; free admission for the holders of ArteFiera tickets
Visitors will also have access to the Egyptian section of the Archaeological Museum.