Post-colonialism inspires young artists at Rome's Maxxi

3rd Bvlgari Prize, 3 finalists' works exhibited until November

24 June, 17:30

    Young artists inspired by post-colonialism showcased in an exhibition in Rome's Maxxi gallery Young artists inspired by post-colonialism showcased in an exhibition in Rome's Maxxi gallery

    ROMA - "Supporting young talents means investing in the creativity of our times and our future." It is in this spirit that Giovanna Melandri, Fondazione Maxxi president, and Jean Christophe Babin, managing director of the Bvlgari group, presented three works at Rome's Maxxi museum by the artists Alessandra Ferrini, Silvia Rosi and Namsal Siedlecki.

    The works will from June 23 to November be at the center of an exhibition curated by Giulia Ferracci of the third edition of the Maxxi Bvlgari Prize, a project that brings together the museum and the fashion house in supporting young artists.

    Set up in Gallery 5 on the third floor of the museum, the exhibition presents three works selected by an "international jury", Melandri said, with Hou Hanru, Maxxi's artistic director, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Maxxi Arte director, Hoor Al Qasimi, president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Chiara Parisi, Pompidou-Metz director, and Dirk Snauwaert, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre director.

    In November, the jury will decide on the winner, the work of which will become part of Maxxi's permanent collection.

    The exhibition opens with the Archive Room, in which - its walls bearing a motif reminiscent of the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi - three display cases showcase the materials and notes that inspired the artists.

    Then there is "Gaddafi in Rome: Notes for a Film", by Alessandra Ferrini, a video installation analysing the official visit to Italy by former Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi in 2009, to celebrate the signing of a Friendship and Cooperation Treaty between Italy and Libya.

    The exhibition continues with Nuovo Vuoto by Namsal Siedlecki, a journey by the artist into the empty spaces inside a bronze sculpture.

    The last work is a project by Silvia Rosi, an Italian-Togolese artist, through videos and photos looking at the story of her family and inherited identity dedicated to the Ewe and Mina languages, which were once spoken in Ghana and Togo.

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