Contemporary art exhibition organized by UNHCR and co-curated by Luca Berta and Francesca Giubilei.
The exhibition intends to allude to the ideal link between one of the greatest and most famous artists of the twentieth century with anonymous individuals who, fleeing conflict and persecution, reach our shores on Lampedusa, a symbolic place that can be described as the geometric fulcrum of the Mediterranean southern Europe and Africa.
Perhaps among them, and by extension among all those who are refugees all over the world, there could be the 21st century Rothko.Rothko in Lampedusa is not just a show but a platform of messages, works of art, experiences and personal stories. Its purpose is to challenge visitors to abandon the mainstream vision of those fleeing conflict as a threat to our society and our well-being - as a worthless body encumbrance (see Zygmunt Bauman, Scrap Lives). The project aims to inspire each refugee to be recognized as an individual with a history, a character, a complex of relationships, abilities, expectations, a material and immaterial heritage. Just like each of us.
6 refugee artists chosen globally through the UNHCR field operations network, will present their works in dialogue with those of 8 internationally established artists: Adel Abdessemed, Majid Adin, Ai Weiwei, Marwa Al Zarwhi, Christian Boltanski, Rasha Deeb, Mohamed Keita, Hassan Yara, Nalini Malani, Abu Bakkar Mansaray, Richard Mosse, Dinh Q Le, Artur Zmijewski, Ali Wakwak.