Curated by Viviana Gravano and Giulia Grechi (Routes Agency)
Final exhibition of the research of: TML – Transnationalizing Modern Languages
British School at Rome, Via Antonio Gramsci, 61 – Rome
26 OCTOBER – 11 NOVEMBER, Monday-Saturday 15.00-19.00
Performance by Elena Bellantoni 26 October from 19.00
Performance by Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo 27 October from 19.00
The exhibition BEYOND BORDERS. Transnational Italy. OLTRE I CONFINI. Italia Transnazionale is one of the principal research outputs of the AHRC project TML – Transnationalizing Modern Languages. Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures.
Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy displays both the processes and the results of the research in which TML has been engaged over the last three years, across different countries. The exhibition demonstrates how what we refer to as Italian language and Italian culture exceed geographical/territorial confines and operate through a constant process of rewriting and reworking of familiar ideas of tradition, nation and narration.
TML is examining the forms of mobility that have defined the development of modern Italian culture and its interactions with other cultures across the globe. The project is doing this by concentrating on a series of exemplary cases, representative of the geographic, historical and linguistic map of Italian mobility. The project looks at the Italian communities established in the UK, the US, Australia, South America, Africa and at the migrant communities of contemporary Italy.
Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy will travel to a number of different sites: beginning at the British School at Rome at the end of October, it will move to the Italian Cultural Institute in London at the beginning of December and then, in the course of 2017, to various places within the world, following the itinerary traced by researchers within the project (Addis Ababa, New York, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Turin).
In the way in which it is structured, the exhibition presents a further reading of the research that lies at the heart of TML. Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy appears to the eyes of the visitor as a domestic environment, divided into rooms that correspond to our shared sense of living spaces. The “house” in which visitors to the exhibition are invited to enter is intended, metaphorically, as the space that culture and language offer us to “inhabit” our lives and our relations with other people.
Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy is not simply a visual display. In its various forms (photography, interviews, documents), the material of the exhibition comes to life through the installations, allowing the stories that the material conveys (whether they are those of the people who the researchers have met or the stories of the researchers themselves) to emerge and an intense, participatory experience to take shape.
Beyond Borders also presents Italy is Out, a photographic project by Mario Badagliacca, who has worked as artist in residence for the project, travelling to London, New York and Buenos Aires.