Is another Europe possible? The Ventotene spirit and the teaching of European history

Fabrice Dubosc, who has been BABE’s psycho-social consultant for migration related narratives as well as adviser for fieldwork in schools, has sent us a post on a topic that we have very much at heart, how to contribute to save the European project by cultural actions. His proposal reminds me of the utopian suggestion by […]

Mapping Lampedusa: cinema and “emotional geography”

Legend has it that a hermit lived on the island of Lampedusa during the Middle Ages. Due to its strategic location, the island was at the time a favourite object of conquest for Christian and Muslim caravels sailing across the Mediterranean Sea. Determined to avoid trouble and violence at the hands of the sly and […]

Orality, Visuality, and Memory: Wael Shawky at the Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy

The artist is standing in front of the large screen – actually a whole wall – showing one of his films, Al Araba Al Madfuna III (2015-16), with striking images in photographic negative, resulting in colors between green and purple. He is listening attentively to three young women who come from various parts of the […]

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Refugees and art in the “Bijlmer-bajes”: A visit to a former prison becoming a “creative refugee centre”

  Recently, an Amsterdam prison has been turned into a refugee centre. To make it a less hostile environment, artists are involved in redecorating the building and organizing activities. This combination of a former prison, refugees and art offers interesting food for thought. Placing refugees in (old) prison cells is problematic and can go terribly […]

Dialogue between Oral History Projects? Looking back at the “Ongekend Bijzonder Symposium”

Unknown Voices, New Lessons: this was the title of a symposium dedicated to the “Ongekend Bijzonder” (which loosely translates to “Unknowingly Special”) oral history project that started on October 1st, 2013. Over the course of two years, twenty-four fieldworkers had collected an impressive 248 oral history interviews in four cities (Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and […]

We Are Here: A Demand for Visibility through Artistic and Collective Organizing

On May 10th 2016, I attended the public lecture and presentation of the We Are Here refugee collective at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. I had been following the activities of the WAH collective closely for quite some time; as a growing group of some 225 undocumented refugees and migrants, they represent a […]

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Das Haus der 28 Türen, Bewegung Nurr, Berlin

The writing of this post has been interrupted and delayed several times. Its troubled itinerary is concerned with the relationship between space, memory and mobility embodied by Das Haus der 28 Türen/The House of the 28 Doors, the installation by the art collective Bewegung Nurr, which was first displayed in Berlin’s Tempelhofer Feld from July […]

Color Difference?

While visiting Brussels in June 2015, I visited the enlightening exhibition White Ebony on Albinism in Congo, displayed by Patricia Willocq, a freelance photographer who has already made a name for herself on the world scene for her talent and social commitment as a Rights activist. The exhibition was inaugurated at the Halles St.Gery to […]

Reflections and actions around the World Refugee Day

In June 2105 the Mosaico Association held an important conference in Turin within the programme of events for World Refugee Day. Understandably, in this precise moment in history, it could take no action but posed a series of questions such as: How many casualties occur in our waters? In which way could Europe avoid this […]

El uso de la visualidad para el estudio de las migraciones entre Europa y América Latina

Muchos son los intentos multidisciplinarios que actualmente ponen en marcha investigadores para el estudio de los flujos migratorios. La historia oral ha sido uno de los precursores más significativos en este ámbito de estudios. Sin embargo, hoy en dia se trata de llevar a cabo trabajos de campo e indagaciones que incluyan nuevas técnicas de […]

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Tra i luoghi del margine. Fotografie e immagini di una Polveriera dismessa nell’area torinese

A monte di questo post c’è un lavoro di approfondimento didattico che ho compiuto dal dicembre 2014 al maggio 2015 presso l’Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Blaise Pascal di Giaveno in provincia di Torino. Con la collaborazione di Lorella Pogolotti e insieme a studentesse di classi diverse sono state affrontate tematiche connesse al rapporto fra migrazione, […]

Turin’s Pan-African Festival 2015

At the end of May 2015 I attended the meeting “Promoting Africa and the relevance of young people being part of the Diaspora”, based in Turin and organized on the occasion of the Pan-African Festival. We could not miss out this festival, which is of greatest interest to us, taking into account what it has […]

Bouchra Khalili, Foreign Office, 2015

In the first part of 2015 the Palais de Tokyo, the large museum of contemporary art in Paris, hosted various exhibitions of relevance for our ERC project “Bodies Across Borders”. Among them, the solo exhibition “Foreign Office” by Bouchra Khalili struck me most, not only for its intrinsic interest, but also for its reverberations on my […]

Crossings by Land, Water and Air, opening lecture by Ursula Biemann for Biennale Democrazia, Turin, Italy, March 25, 2015

Biennale Democrazia, a  series of  events bringing the idea and practice of democracy into public discussion, takes place in Turin since 2009. Its program includes not only lectures, dialogues and readings, but also concerts, theatre performance, and various shows. The overarching theme this year is “Passages”, referring to the crossing of borders, walls, and barriers […]

Exhibitions as visual mapping of knowledge

In this post I would like to compare three cultural relevant museums adopting the interpretative gaze of the knowledge production and visual mapping: I have visited two of them, the Musée de l’Histoire de l’Imigration and the Quai Branly Museum, three years ago; the last one, instead, at the beginning of the 2015, during my […]

Drawing Conclusions Symposium, Utrecht, June 24, 2015

The Drawing Conclusions symposium held at BAK on Wednesday June 24, 2015 in Utrecht caught my attention as a conversation that could possibly align itself productively with some of the main objectives of the BABE project. An afternoon of insightful, challenging and inspiring dialogue confirmed my expectation. An institute that operates at the intersection of […]

Conference Borders in the European Memories, Frankfurt am Oder, March 5-6, 2015

This conference is worth a post for several reasons. For one thing, the context was an embodiment of the title, because Frankfurt am Oder is by excellence a border place: spatially between Germany and Poland, and temporally between the past, when Germany was divided in an Eastern and a Western part, and the present, after […]

MoAD: Stories in Fragments between Visual and Visuality

MoAD is the acronym of Museum of the African Diaspora. It is based in San Francisco, on the central and crowded Mission Street. Since opening, in December 2005, MoAD became one of the most interesting cultural places of the Bay Area, like de Young Museum, MOMA and Legion of Honor. In the multicultural socio-cultural San […]