Orestiade italiana

Curated by Simone Frangi

RICCARDO ARENA, BLAUER HASE, DANILO CORREALE, CURANDI KATZ ON MASAKO MATSUSHITA, NICOLÒ DEGIORGIS, ALESSANDRA FERRINI, FRANCESCO FONASSI, INVERNOMUTO, MARIA IORIO E RAPHAEL CUOMO, ARMIN LINKE E VINCENZO LATRONICO, GIOVANNI MORBIN, GIULIO SQUILLACIOTTI E CAMILLA INSOM, DIEGO TONUS, CARLO GABRIELE TRIBBIOLI E FEDERICO LODOLI

The curatorial project Orestiade Italian aims to group together a series of Italian art studies around an interpretative theory. These studies take a critical and highly analytical approach to the issues of the Italian context, analysed from a cultural, economic, social and political point of view.

The methodological core of this project is an analogical and choral “rewriting” of the key parts of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana (1970), which takes on the sketchy form and theoretical hubs that have emerged from this highly complex and underestimated film in order to impress different lines of research upon Italian “national domesticity” and on the dynamics with which it unfurls within a transnational and global perspective.

Orestiade italiana aims to capture the propaedeutic and recognitional character of Pasolini’s project, with which it establishes a dialogue and shares the decision to use the legend of Orestes ‒ interpreted as a “long preparation for catharsis” ‒ as inspiration for exploring a group of practices that critically assume the advantages and disadvantages of the contemporary democratic plan and its ideological derivations.

Winding its way through the webs of the multiple relationships between artistic practice and cultural research on the Italian art scene, Orestiade italiana chooses to focus on a series of contributions that explore a heterogeneous catalogue of geopolitical issues: an ambivalent link between a documentary approach and cultural orientalism in anthropological and ethnological practice; nomadism and identity migrations; Italian colonial issues, focusing on the impact of decolonization and the opening of the “post-colony” within the political imagination; study of latent conflicts and European stasis; microfascism and social normalization; turbo-capitalist and accelerationist dynamics; political and symbolic resistance.

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