Mare Magnum Nostrum is a project of Gea Casolaro, curated by Leonardo Regano, winner of the 8th Edition of Italian Council, program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
Presented by the Regional Directorate of Museums of Emilia-Romagna, in 2021 Mare Magnum Nostrum will become part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Ravenna.
Mare Magnum Nostrum is a participatory art project that spans the various countries of the Mediterranean, relying on the collaboration of institutions, associations, and above all the public, who will send their photos of daily life unfolding on the shores of our sea, taken in any country, location, time and season. These photos will show some small piece of the Mediterranean Sea, photos of parties, photos of departures, photos of tragedies, photos of protest, photos of all kinds and times. Uploaded directly to the site by the public, the photos will help create a plurality of points of view on our shared sea.
The work is composed of an immersive walkable scenery representing the Mediterranean basin, which will entirely cover the walls of the space. Some of the photos uploaded by users will be included in the installation, in the area corresponding to the place where they were taken, becoming an integral part of the work that will grow stage by stage, gathering more and more images. Day after day, a rhizomatic cartography will develop, made of life stories that intertwine on this sea that has always been a source of exchanges of civilizations, a true common basin that we share and that unites us, abolishing the usual opposing point of view "we on this shore and them on the other". The installation places the viewer in the middle of the water, to really see the Mediterranean "like this huge lake that stretches from Gibraltar to the Dardanelles, and from Tunis to Venice": not a frontier between peoples, but on the contrary, a universe that includes us.
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