16/09/2017 – 14/01/2018
Curated by Nicolò Degiorgis
The concepts of Heimat, the sense of belonging to a place, and homeland, interpreted in the light of current events in Europe, are the focus of the exhibition presented by Nicolò Degiorgis (Bolzano, 1985), Museion’s guest curator for 2017.
Hämatli & Patriæ tackles the theme using the symbolism in the Flemish painting of 1570 by Simon de Myle entitled Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat, which depicts the landing rather than the departure of the ark, as is usually represented in artworks.
Taking its cue from this curious, almost grotesque, scene, the exhibition has been conceived as a large-scale mise-en-scene of the painting itself, interpreted in a contemporary key. Issues such as migration, nationalism, populism and identity are tackled in the form of dialogues inspired by the human figures, animals, objects and situations in the painting. The exhibition, which presents more than thirty works, including videos, sculptures, installations, photographs, drawings, artists’ books and documents, takes the form of an installation to explore, giving visitors food for thought regarding some of the events of recent years.
The main dialogue is that between Hämatli, the Germanic term which is the root of the word Heimat, and patriæ, the Latin word for nation and homeland. These concepts prompt 23 more dialogues, such as those between East and West, obverse and reverse, prey and predator, land and sea, border and horizon, pigs and the economy.
Yuri Ancarani, Apparatus 22, Filippo Berta, Mohamed Bourouissa, Donna Conlon, Simon De Myle, Nicolò Degiorgis, Hannes Egger, Aslan Gaisumov, Henrik Håkansson, Petrit Halilaj, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Paolo Icaro, Armin Linke, Marcello Maloberti, Philipp Messner, Giuseppe Penone, Walid Raad, Ernesto Schick, Giovanna Silva, Superflex, Eugenio Tibaldi, Luca Trevisani, Luca Turi, Danh Vo et al.
Nicolò Degiorgis (Bolzano, 1985) studied Oriental languages at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and in Beijing, and teaches artistic photography at the University of Bolzano and in the city’s prisons. He is the founder of the publishing house Rorhof and curator at the foto-forum gallery in Bolzano. He has had several exhibitions in institutions and taken part in national and international art events. His book “Hidden Islam” earned him the prize for best book at the renowned Festival Recontres d’Arles in 2014.