On March 5 has just started the last leg of exhibition and educational project dedicated to the gender violence and femicide: PRIVATA (www.progettoprivata.blogspot.it). Hosting a series of meetings and reflections there are the premises of the Civic Museum of Sansepolcro, in Arezzo’s Province, up to the 20 of March.
Define it as an event is an understatement: it is rather a path, in which the main characters are students, parents and teachers: a debate that goes beyond the intimate sphere of women subjected to gender violence, because femicide has no roots within home, it is the result of aberrant rotten relationship with the women’s world instead.
PRIVATA recreates a real experience, which hosts both an exhibition of contemporary art and an educational project, organized by Antonio Zimarino. Participants are artists, such as Federica Amichetti, who created the event, and Attinia, Alessandra Baldoni, Mandra Cerrone, Angelo Colangelo, Annaclara Di Biase, Ilaria Margutti, Giancarlo Marcali and Rita Soccio, with the contribution of Nikla Cingolani and journalist Tamara Ferrari.
Federica Amichetti says: “We all have awareness of this phenomenon, but no society has been able to understand this horror all the way, and this leads us to fight it back from a different perspective.” This is PRIVATA’s goal: a social project that aims to raise awareness through an artistic and innovative vision.
Multiple ways were traveled to outline a non gender violence culture and respect between the genders: the contemporary art way, a book-catalog published by the Communication Project company, coming from Recanati (Macerata), presented in March 2014 in Ancona by PRIVATA project, which includes contributions from journalists, critics, criminologists, theorists and politicians; finally, the theoretical-practical way, through seminars and workshops. They wanted to start from schools, the cultural institution par excellence, through meetings led by experienced psychologists and criminologists.
Antonio Zimarino says: “It is a very interesting model of the many positive changes obliged to us by the persistent condition related to the economic crisis. From my point of view it puts in place those new ethical and methodological principles that assure a more quality of proposal and of reflection on a very urgent and delicate issue. The proposals of the artists become moments of construction and views confrontations, rather than demonstrative shows, and the exhibition is set up as visually and conceptually “open”, able to put together the diversity of shapes and visions, helping to motivate a meaning research. This is what I believe, we have to keep asking to the art industry.”
The works on display are extremely emblematic about the experienced agonizing and terrifying witnessed by those women who suffer gender violence and abuse; but the artists were able to push through, somehow, a message of hope through colors, images, by painting passion.
Article by Rosa Visaggio
English Translation by Piergiorgio Mancini