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Ukraine, Iran, Turkey and USA/Mexico

Palazzo Litta Cultura – 13 – 16 June 2018
Palazzo Litta

In collaboration with: MIA Photo Fair Project, Zeit, Ponderosa Music&Art, Threes Production, esterni

Palazzo Litta Cultura hosts Mappe, a 4-day festival of immersion into the creativity of the territories currently taking the spotlight of worldwide political climate. The festival takes place from June 13 to June 16, 2018.

Turkey, Ukraine, Iran, and USA/Mexico: these are the regions where the enzymes of the contemporary resonate in the arts context, but also in the social and geopolitical ones; they are places where current events, economic upheavals and social impulses attract worldwide attention. They are places of limen, a term derived from Old slavonic and meaning on the border.

Following exhibitions that highlight Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa, Mappe is Palazzo Litta Cultura’s third project dedicated to the geography of contemporary creativity. One again, the approach is transversal and aims to present a rich program wherein various forms of arts are involved in a collaboration between a diverse set of cultural players from across Milan: MIA Photo Fair Projects in photography, ZEIT Association in visual arts and installation, Ponderosa Music&Art in music curation, esterni for the film festival, and Threes Productions for the DJ set.

Two complementary sections articulate the project and are in dialogue with one other: Territori in the Courtyard of Honor is dedicated to the shows and live events that take place from the afternoons until late evenings, while the Confini section of the Piano Nobile explores the margins, the spatial and the temporal limits through photography, audio-video installations, and talks.

Curated by Maria Paola Zedda and organized by ZEIT Association, the exhibition Mappe. Sguardi sui confini. in the Confini section focuses on the artistic activities of the four countries through a show dedicated to the criticality of borders and their representations in contemporary art.

Halil Altindere’s migratory flows within Turkey’s urban counterculture. Martin Kollar and Anna Zvyagintseva’s contemporary Ukraine. Daniel Monroy Cuevas’ voyage across the Mexican border. Iranian Simin Keramati’s echoes between the Mediterranean’s Northern and Southern shores. These are all brought forward by Slovenian artist collective Irwin and Italian artist Andreco who deal with iconic representation and interpretation of the borders and the concept of the Nation.

Curated by MIA Photo Fair Projects, the photography exhibition Mappe  offers a sociopolitical glimpse into the cultures of the four countries through the selection of works by artists Manu Brabo, Alejandro Cartagena, Shadi Ghadirian and Servet Koçyiğit.

As its name might suggest, the Territori section dedicates a single day of the festival to each territory: Wednesday, June 13 for USA/Mexico, Thursday, June 14 for Ukraine, Friday, June 15 for Iran, and Saturday, June 16 for Turkey.

During the aperitivos and at the closing of the evening, electronic music traces the territories of the USA/Mexico border, Ukraine, Iran and Turkey. Threes Production’s sound sets out from the Mexican deserts, continues its journey into Eastern Europe, reaches Persian tradition and concludes at Middle Eastern folklore.

esterni and Milano Film Festival are inviting four independent figures to investigate the changing discourse of cinema across borders, geographies and social urgencies between works immersed in cultural landscapes and alien, eclectic escapes. Projections will be held everyday at 9:00 pm by four spokespersons from independent film production from the four countries: Ricardo Silva – 2014 winner of the Golden Leopard Nescens Prize in Locarno and the International Feature Film Competition at Milano Film Festival representing the USA/Mexico border, Kyrylo Marikutsa – director and co-founder of the Kyiv International Short Film Festival for Ukraine, Arash Abbasi – director of the Tehran International Short Film Festival for Iran, and Serdar Kökçeoğlu – film critic and curator of the section short films for the International Istanbul Film Festival for Turkey.

Curated by Ponderosa Music&Art, the music program involves various international artists: Giant Sand – ambassadors of desert rock – hailing from the Arizonian desert, Ukrainian group and innovators of folk tradition DakhaBrakha, Persian classical music ensemble Chemirani Trio and Turkish musician Mercan Dede live with the Istanbul Quartet.

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