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Curated by: Alberto Salvadori

The show

«Frontiers change, one needs to listen to the stories of those who travel to become aware of this. Artists are those wayfarers, deserters, seekers of hidden truths, as Emanuele Trevi writes, thanks to whom we can and we should go beyond the convention of the limit that a frontier imposes; this is why frontiers change.»

Alberto Salvadori, Fondazione ICA Milano’s director and curator of the exhibition

ICAMilano – Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti continues its programme with a new project, the solo exhibition of Masbedo, artistic duo formed by Nicolò Massazza (1973) and Iacopo Bedogni (1970).

"Why frontiers change" is the title of the exhibition, curated by Alberto Salvadori, on view from Saturday, 12th October to Sunday 10th November 2019 on Fondazione ICA’s two floors.

The focus of the project is a reflection on the past and present history of Sicily, which has always been both everyone’s and no man’s land, mitopoietic place par excellence. The exhibition gathers pre-existent works, re-editions and new artworks, all originated in Sicilian lands and related to their social and cultural complexity. Elements of Sicily’s history blend with each other, like the story of the production house Panaria Film and the testimony of Palermo’s mayor Leoluca Orlando, famous references to the cinematography of Vittorio De Seta, Ugo Gregoretti, Francesco Rosi and Luchino Visconti and the issues related to the Tamil community of Palermo. 

The exhibition also becomes the occasion to present the artists’ most cherished themes: cinema’s history and its relationship to performance, the image as a tool for reflection and memory’s divulgation, the importance of cultural actions and, at the same time, its performative dimension.

Through an Italian historical and cultural path, Masbedo reveal the creation of a dream, the cinematographic one, brought to life in the spaces of ICA. The artists activate in this way a reasoning on the cinema of the past, opening a reflection on history’s deported image and its capacity to influence cultural and performative actions.

"Why Frontiers Change" is an exhibition co-produced by ICA Milano with In Between Art Film and Stone Island.

Executive co-production by AreaVideo Cultural Association.


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Via Orobia, 26
20139 Milano


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