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THE RESTLESS EARTH
An exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni
Organized by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and Fondazione La Triennale di Milano
For the Visual Arts Program of the Triennale directed by Edoardo Bonaspetti
La Triennale di Milano
Viale Alemagna, 6
April 28 – August 20, 2017
The Restless Earth borrows its title from a collection of poems by Édouard Glissant, a Caribbean writer who probed the question of how different cultures can coexist. The exhibition shares in Glissant’s project—a pressing and necessary one that tries to describe this unstable and agitated present as a polyphony of voices and narratives. Through the works of more than sixty artists from more than forty countries—such as Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Turkey—and with historical documents and objects of material culture, this exhibition charts both experiences and perceptions of migration and the current refugee crisis as an epoch-making transformation that is reframing contemporary history, geography, and culture.
THE RESTLESS EARTH by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi 1/1
Courtesy Francis Alÿs and David Zwirner, New York/London
in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Felix Blume, Ivan Boccara, Abbas Benheim, Fundación NMAC Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo, and children of Tangier and Tarifa
Don't Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River
Strait of Gibraltar, 2008
Video and photographic documentation of an action
The Restless Earth explores real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing the odyssey of migrants through personal and collective tales of exodus inspired by varying degrees of urgency and longing. The exhibition revolves around a series of geographic and thematic lines of inquiry—the war in Syria, the state of emergency in Lampedusa, life in refugee camps, the figure of the nomad or stateless person, and Italian migration in the early 20th century—which intersect with works that serve as visual metaphors for conditions of mobility and precariousness.
The Restless Earth focuses in particular on how artists bear witness to historic events, and how art can describe social and political change in the first person. The works on view point to a renewed faith that art and artists have a responsibility to portray and transform the world, creating not just images of conflict, but images that provide a space for critical thinking and exchange. Together, these stories—poised between historical epic and real-time diary—yield a vision of art as lyrical journalism, emotional documentary, and vivid, vital testimony.