Soft Opening: Friday 23 October, 5 pm - 9 pmWhat is the meaning of an anthropological museum in contemporary society? What does it mean to collect and exhibit ethnographic artifacts today? How do you face the challenges related to decolonization, the restitution of objects, the revitalization of a structure that, due to its static nature, struggles to respond to the dynamism of human cultures? Always perceived as an inviolable institution of Western culture, the museum remains one of the most representative places of a hegemonic vision that often corresponds to the expression of a sense of superiority over other cultures. Starting from a critical analysis of these observations, NEVER . Museo Antropologico Immaginario aims to activate a strategy of intercultural collaboration to rethink the concept of anthropological museum through the development of new participatory methodologies.
Greeting and Introduction: Angelika Stepken and Valeria D'Ambrosio, curator
Performance by Gabriela Acha with Sara Bensi, Serena Calaresu, Giada Cerbara, Simona Dominici, Rita Duina, Caterina Fioravanti, Simona Sora
Every Friday evening at 18:00 film program (see below) in collaboration with the Festival dei Popoli.
Limited admission to the exhibition and screenings with mask and according to safety regulations.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm and by appointment
The MAI is a multidisciplinary space in dialogue between contemporary art, architecture and anthropology, fields of study intended as intrinsically opposite or essentially inextricable in their being forms of representation that take human experience as a starting point. Drawing inspiration from the first Argentine trip of Paolo Mantegazza, founder in 1869 of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Florence, the MAI offers a focus on the peoples and varied cultures of the Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Inside, the visionary nature of Superstudio architect Gian Piero Frassinelli is confronted, from his first unpublished works of the 1960s to the most recent science fiction evolutions, multimedia and performative art for a cultural reappropriation in a feminist key of the Argentine artist Gabriela Acha , and the audio-visual narratives oscillating between reality, legend and fiction by the Chilean artist Marcela Moraga.
In this fiction-museum unhinged by institutional limits, creativity becomes a language capable of forcing static disciplinary notions through dialogue with the cultures represented by the objects on display, to discover the stories contained in them and to rethink native peoples in a new light, in an attempt to offer a different interpretation to understand the world more deeply starting from our relationship with others. The MAI is not a mere repository of knowledge and mute objects but a place of relational research, a space of contact between people called to discover its collections and re-imagine them to give them open meanings ready to face the challenges of the present. The practices of architecture and art, released from the objectifying distance of the scientific discipline, are therefore understood as generators of social space and interactions with the Other, in order to develop new canons of intellectual exploration and to create new communities and ideas. .
The MAI will thus transform the concept of museum from a space of representation to a social process, as a reminder that it is first of all a place of production capable not only of preserving and describing what exists, but of generating new contexts in which to think, act and to interact. Gabriela Acha (1986, Cordoba, Argentina), graduated in Sculpture from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in 2014. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Expedicion collective that works on the interaction between arts and natural sciences. Winner of the Holland Excellence scholarship, in 2020 she obtained a master's degree in ArtScience at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. His artistic practice is interdisciplinary and he has collaborated with several scientific institutions such as the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural of Uruguay and Chile, the Academia Nacional de Ciencias in Cordoba, Argentina and the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Florence, Italy.Gian Piero Frassinelli (born in 1939) has been intrigued by "other" cultures since his early childhood, developing these interests over time with reading, attending the Anthropological Museum of Florence, the National Library, the Festival dei Popoli and ethnic shows. Graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1968, in the same year he joined Superstudio, a group that is part of the movement known as Radical Architecture and which dissolved in 1986. In Superstudio and later he deals with analyzing the phenomenon of architecture through the tools of anthropology . From 2013 to 2018 he held courses in Anthropology at the European Institute of Design in Rome.
Marcela Moraga (1975, San Fernando, Chile) lives and works in Berlin. He studied visual arts at the Universidad de Chile and at the Hamburg University of Arts (HFBK). In 2013 he obtained the Master “Art in Context” at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). His works have been exhibited in galleries, museums and international institutions including: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC Santiago (Chile); Museo de Arte Contemporânea from Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil); TENT Center for the Arts Rotterdam (Holland). In 2019 he won the Villa Romana Prize.
The Archive of the Festival dei Popoli offers a series of documentary screenings connected to the themes of the MAI. Imaginary Anthropological Museum . The exhibition is offered as an integral part of the project, developing food for thought triggered by the works and objects on display. Six titles of international origin question the need to rethink the concept of anthropological museum and aim to bring cultures and populations that every day try to make ancient traditions dialogue with the demands of contemporaneity.
Every Friday evening at 18:00
30.10. Palimpsest of the Africa Museum by Matthias De Groof (Belgium, 2019, 69 ')
06.11. Le terrain du peuple by Anja Göbel (Germany, 2015, 34 '), Abigail by Valentina Homen and Isabel Penoni (Brazil, 2016, 17'), Extremos - Viaje a Karukinka by Federico Molentino and Juan Manuel Ferraro (Argentina, 2015, 26 ')
13.11. El país del diablo
by Andrés Di Tella (Argentina, 2008, 72 ')
20.11. El etnógrafo
by Ulises Rosell (Argentina, 2012, 85 ')