« This exhibition gives Art the responsability to tell the changes, conflicts and tensions stemming from wars, exoduses and natural catastrophes» these are just some of the words used by Clarice Pecori Giraldi, Vicepresident of  the Triennale in Milan, to describe “La Terra Inquieta”.

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

Created by Nicola Trussardi Foundation, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, this exhibition was opened on April 28th and you can visit it until August 20th at the Triennale of Milan (www.triennale.org). The public faces the most ominous and dramatic side of our present.

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

Sixty-five artists, some of whom are migrants or refugees from several parts of the world: Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey try to tell their reality in a different way than  reports from the news which often avoid cruel and strong images, or simply in a superficial and sensationalist way downsizing lives to mere numbers.

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

It has been created following a path that touches different themes ranging from the Syrian war to the emergency in Lampedusa making use of different methods: installations, videos, photos and historical materials.

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

“La Terra Inquieta” Exhibition view at La Triennale di Milano 2017. Photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

This exhibition stresses the greatness and the responsibility Art has, which is not simply to beautify or create happiness but also to voice those who cannot do it themselves. It makes us open our eyes in a world where we ignore  things too often. Maybe it’ because it is easy to pretend that our and their reality are not connected. Terra Inquieta is in a nutshell acknowledgement: it gives knowledge.

Article by Serena Manna

English translation by Chiara Vilmercati

Cover image by Marco De Scalzi