By Paola Boccalatte

The Museo Diffuso (Museum of Resistance, Deportation, War, Rights and Freedom,Turin, Italy), with the support of the Polo del ‘900 and the collaboration of the National Cinematographic Archive of the Resistance, proposes a sort of new interpretation of its permanent exhibition on the occasion of the World Refugee Day.

The United Nations World Refugee Day is celebrated every year on June 20 to commemorate the approval, in 1951, of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees by the General Assembly of United Nations. The Museum means to honour a day of great significance for the civil calendar and fulfil its mission.

On June 20, the Museum proposes a temporary change of its permanent exhibition, replacing part of the usual contents with new testimonies of refugees and people who experienced war, occupation and different regimes in more or less distant times and places; the contributions, collected specifically for the occasion, are incorporated in the “stations” of the museum path: “Everyday life”, “Living under bombings”; “Living under the regime”; “Living the occupation”; “Living free”. On the multimedia table, the usual documents give way to videos with zenith shootings of refugee camps and people fleeing their country, in the search for freedom. The path will end, as usual, with the exhibit “Living the Constitution”, to confirm that the democratic process is the only possible way to create a free and responsible community.

The stories are proposed by a group of new citizens who spontaneously showed up at the Museum and offered their collaboration. The museum works not only ‘for’ the community but also ‘with’ the community. The Museum considers people to be not only visitors but also co-creators of contents, focusing on participation and activating energies, knowledge, memories in the direction of an inclusive society and a conscious citizenship.

More here (in Italian).