A book about the occupation of the abandoned Olympic village in Turin (Italy)
Assembramenti umani e spazi urbani:
rifugiati e negligenti politiche di accoglienza
This book tells a story of abandonments: abandoning an urban area, abandoning people. The occupation of the abandoned Olympic village in Turin, locally known as ExMoi, is one of the largest Italy has ever seen: since 2013 over 1,200 migrants and refugees coming from more than 25 different countries have been living in four buildings which were part of the Olympic Village hosting the athletes during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Some have been supporting these people in solidarity, others have been campaigning against them, while public institutions have proven to be absent and forgetful. Is ExMoi a ghetto we are bound to forget? Or is it a place where living together in dignity is possible? What needs to be done for this to happen? And how long would that arrangement last? This story unfolds in Turin, but it reveals faults and inadequacies in the reception of migrants and refugees that are common all over Italy. Telling this story is a call to make up for what triggered it.
EIKÒN TAKING PART IN “Here 2017”
Where: Cavallerizza Reale, via Verdi, Turin
From 19th to 28th may 2017
Opening time: 10 a.m., 11.30 p.m.
The photographers of Associazione Eikòn take part in Here 2017, a festival hosting over 300 hundred visual artists and 100 performers at the Cavallerizza Reale (Turin, Italy), by presenting a selection of shots from their personal projects. The underlying theme is documenting the evolving stories of people who are trying to rebuild their life in Europe. The title “Ongoing” hints at the transition the protagonists of these stories are going through, which sometimes turns out to be never-ending and sometimes paradoxically leads to a state of inertia, marked by exhausting waits and hopes. These projects tell many different stories, documenting the struggles for those who stayed in their home country, the life of those who are stuck in bureaucratic limbo and living in precarious housing, the experience of those who managed to carve themselves a niche to express their culture in a different country and of those who suffer social exclusion.
EXHIBITION: VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE
Where: Oratorio Santa Caterina, Cervo (Imperia)
From 13th to 15th of may 2016
Opening time: 9 a.m., 11 p.m.
At its fourth edition, the eco-sustainability festival “Nuovamente” presents the exhibition “Visita
Interiora Terrae”, a project by the photographer Federico Tisa documenting hermitic life in Italy.
The exhibition is open from 13th to 15th of May and takes place in a charming setting, the Oratorio of Santa Caterina. “119 days walking through Italy from North to South and back to document hermitic life” The photographic book made from the project will be available for sale during the exhibition.
EXIBITION: VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE
Where: Polo Culturale Lombroso 16, Turin
From 23th october 2014 to 7th november 2015
Opening time: 10 a.m., 10 p.m.
Both in religious and lay literature the word “hermit” is often misused to refer to whoever leads a solitary life, including misanthropes. In religious contexts, it is often used as synonymous with “anchorite” (a word coming from the Greek ἀναχωρέω, anachōreō, which means “to retreat”, “to leave for the region outside the city”), living alone like a recluse. However, it is important to draw a clear distinction between hermitic and anchoritic life. Canon 603 states precise criteria for those who wish to follow the hermitic vocation, which is recognized by Roman Catholic Church as one of the “other forms of consecrated life”. These people are usually called “consecrated hermits”.
EXHIBITION: VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE
Where: Palazzo Cosentini, Ragusa
From 6th december 2014 to 11th january 2015
Opening time: 10-12 a.m., 4-8 p.m.
The exhibition “Visita interiora terrae”, curated by Susanna Occhipinti, will open on Saturday6th of December 2014, at 6 p.m., at the ground floor of Palazzo Cosentini, in Ragusa. The exhibition is part of the project “Palazzi aperti”, carried out by the municipality of Ragusa, and presents a photo-reportage by the photographer Federico Tisa. 33 photographs in 119 days, walking through Italy from North to South and back to document hermitic life.