Following the invitation by GAP Project and MAD Murate Art District, artist and publisher Nicolò Degiorgis, whose work focuses on prisons and detention, exhibits for the first time the photographic material published in the book “Prison Museum” (Ed. Rorhof). The volume traces a visual dialogue between the spaces of the Bolzano prison and Museion, the city’s museum of modern and contemporary art. The artistic project stems from Nicolò Degiorgis’ experience as a teacher at the Bolzano Penitentiary Institute and as a guest curator at Museion. Located only 102 meters apart and similar in size, the two structures conceal deep contradictions between similarities and differences.
In 102 meters, a distance the artist found also in Florence between Panopticon and MAD, photography becomes an instrument of inquiry between the two institutions and the communities that inhabit them, drawing an imaginary line connecting the two buildings. Photos and texts, produced by inmates during classes held inside the Bolzano prison, show and testify the actual carceral situation. The installations created by the artist engage a reflection on the vital limits of detention. Within the framework of the European project GAP – Graffiti Art in Prison, in collaboration with Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, MAD Murate Art District presents the artistic residency of Nicolò Degiorgis and the exhibition project he conceived for Florence. GAP – Graffiti Art in Prison is a three-year project launched in 2020, funded by Erasmus+ (Strategic Partnership for Higher Education) and carried out by the international partnership between the University of Palermo, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, the Departamento de Historia del Arte de la Universidad de Zaragoza and ABADIR – Academy of Design and Visual Communication of Catania. The goal is to develop, starting from the graffiti in the ancient prisons of the Steri in Palermo, a cognitive process between art history and architecture. In addition, the project has the ambition to experiment new processes of social inclusion in detention institutions through the languages of contemporary art.
The exhibition will open on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 pm at MAD Murate Art District and will run from March 29 to April 30, 2023, in the Laura Orvieto room of MAD and in the Panopticon of the Murate.
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