Mediterranean Shared Sacred Sites open to public in Rome

Photo exhibit from today until Jan 19 at École française

06 December, 14:57

    (di Valentina Maresca) (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 06 DIC - The Shared Sacred Sites exhibition is a sort of pilgrimage via photos, videos and informational panels around a plural Mediterranean, passing from one sacred site to another.

    The exhibition is free for all and open starting Tuesday until January 19 at the École Française de Rome, Piazza Navona 62.

    This original itinerary on sanctuaries frequented by believers of the three largest monotheistic religions was introduced in the Italian capital by École Française de Rome director Brigitte Marin, who noted that the theme of the exhibition converged "with different studies and research programs on the history of religion and sainthood in the Mediterranean, bringing an original view" that "reveals unexpected connections between beliefs of different [religious] traditions".

    Marin reiterated that the École Française de Rome is a "research institute and one to train researchers" that also has the mission of "spreading knowledge for a non-academic public", meaning "in a more accessible language" than that typically found in published studies.

    "The sense of an exhibition of this type is to illustrate exactly the same contents that are the product of advanced and modern research, consisting in on-the-ground investigations and with methods based on our disciplines, in this case ethnography and anthropology," she added.

    Marin noted "the work of research and modernisation" that had been done to render the exhibition space appropriate for the show, different versions of which had been held in Marseilles in 2015, Tunis in 2016, Salonika and Paris in 2017, Marrakesh and New York in 2018, Istanbul in 2019, and Ankara last year.

    The inauguration in Rome, thus brings this visual pilgrimage through the Mediterranean to "a familiar space, since these saints are ones that everyone knows", with the figure of the Virgin Mary of a transversal theological importance - but also to a dissimilar context, since there is discussion on "gestures and practices produced and experienced by the believers of other religions".

    She added that she hoped a Rome museum would host it as well, and "2025 would be a particularly auspicious date since it coincides with the Holy Year and inter-religious dialogue is a significant theme of the next Jubilee".

    The exhibition was curated by Dionigi Albera and Manoël, who is also a photographer, and is divided into four sections: saints and prophets, the Christian Virgin Mary and the the Muslim Mary, architecture, and actors and mediators.

    The exhibition will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM from Monday to Friday, Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.

    It will be closed on Dec. 8 and between Dec. 24, and Jan. 1.


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