Manifesta 12 Palermo. The European Nomadic Biennial

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The ideal place for Manifesta 12 Palermo – The Planetary Garden/Cultivating Coexistence– is the Botanical Garden, created to cultivate, study, experiment, mix and collect different species.

Here the works perfectly dialogue with the context as in the case of the video by Zheng Bo Pteridophilia in which, in the Taiwanese forest, young people establish a so intimate relationship  with nature, that they feel the scent, the fragrance, the softness that they make love with the plants themselves.

But even the historic buildings offer striking backgrounds with their frescoes, the slashed ceilings, the fundamental works of art history such as stucco theaters by Giacomo Serpotta in the Oratory of San Lorenzo with the work of Nora Turato.

The works of the artists are largely concerned with the problem of migration. Great prevalence of videos. In some people talk a lot, in others, see Cristina LucasUnendig Lightning at the Casa del Mutilato, the images of the thousands of bombings on the world map are enough and the images of their consequences to nail the spectator to the projection. And many works with different techniques. With different approaches.

At Palazzo Butera, on wallpaper, the Fallen Fruit collective illustrates, with bright colors, Theater with the Sun, the fruits from many parts of the world with the attached Public Fruit Map of Palermo.

And at Palazzo Butera also Maria Theresa Alves presents a composition of tiles that show the image of a garden with Brazilian parrots, prickly pears, Jacaranda trees, symbols of freedom of movement of seeds and animals also in Palermo with A proposal of syncretism (this time without genocide).

At Palazzo Ajutamicristo Filippo Minelli asked to freely sew and interpret 30 flags, Across the Border, to people from countries dealing with the problem of migration.

Chimirenga, magazine, platform for the development of editorial activities, a project founded in 2002 in Cape Town, is installed near the Teatro Verdi and works on the next special issue of the magazine, relating to the bystanders.

At the Forcella de Seta Palace Patricia Kaersenhout with The Soul of Salt presents a mountain of salt, referring to the legend that African slaves did not eat salt to be light enough to fly back to Africa. Those who want can take away a handful of salt to dissolve salt and pain in the water.

To the beautiful Church of S. Maria dello Spasimo, without roof, for which entering you think of a bombing, while we inform you that it has never been finished, the English collective Cooking Sections built an installation of bricks that protect the growth of plants.

At Palazzo Costantino, Masbedo place Videomobile, an old van that, after having traveled the places of cinema on Sicily, becomes an installation with monitors and screens for an audience that is very interested in the event.

Marinella Senatore organizes, from the church of SS. Euno and Giuliano, a procession to involve the population inviting everyone to meet and interact, amateurs and professionals. Palermo Procession is an urban performance and a multimedia installation with a lot of band music, majorettes of Capaci and the children of the district Ballarò.

But also Matilde Cassani invades the historic center with cannons that shoot colored sheets. (fig 10)

At the Teatro Massimo Bintou Were, in Sahel Opera, made in Africa and sung, danced, shouted and lived by African artists tells about young people who want to try, with the help of a Smuggler, to cross the border between North Africa and Melilla, Spain.

Among the Collateral Events The Russian collective AES + F ironically tackles the problem with compositions of porcelain figurines in the Rococo style dear to the bourgeois classes of not so long ago in which young girls of the good bourgeoisie welcome black-skinned boys and girls on their boats. A dramatic theme treated with the nonchalance typical of the unaware.

The archival research work of Eva Frapiccini fits perfectly into the splendid municipal archive “the thought that does not become an action poisons the soul” by Connecting Cultures and Isole.

“Designed in 2014, as part of an exhibition project on the issue of legality, at the Court of Palermo, the work of Frapiccini continues today with a second residence in the Sicilian capital, to complete its investigation into the victims and the protagonists of the wars of mafia “.

At the Zisa two important events: at the ZAC Zona Arti Contemporanee the exhibition Resignifications with about one hundred and fifty works by forty-four international contemporary artists, photographs, sculptures, paintings and videos and six ancient works of art, polychrome sculptures depicting Moors, from the Acton collection of Villa La Pietra in Florence.

And at the International Center of Photography directed by Letizia Battaglia the artists of Alterazioni Video present Incompiuto: The birth of a Style, photographic Atlas of the unfinished works together with the collective of research and architectural design Fosbury Architetture.

But the places and the events are so many, infinite that it would be a very long list. It is certainly worth visiting both the historic canonical sites and all the palaces and churches open for the occasion.

bo zheng_IMG_8048_wolfgang_traeger_ptZheng Bo, Pteridophilia, 2016-ongoing, video ph. Wolfgang Traeger

2 turato noraNora Turato, i’m happy to own my implicit biases (malo mrkva, malo batina), 2018 Performance, tecnica mista

3 lucas_christinaCristina Lucas, Unending Lightning, 2015-ongoing, video installation

6 minelli_filipoFilippo Minelli, Across the Border, 2010-ongoing, mixed media, performance

8 masbedoMasbedo, Videomobile, 2018, multimedia installation

10 cassaniMatilde Cassani, Tutto, 2018, mixed media installation, performance

12 AES-F-Mare-MediterraneumAES+F, Mare Mediterraneum, 2018, hand painted porcelain

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