"The exhibition presents the work of 22 Italian and international artists who use the different languages of contemporary art to present their vision of today’s metropolises through a reflection on the concept of “periphery”.
“This exhibition – as Federica Galloni, Director General of Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries tells us – is an ambitious project with multiple objectives: using an outstanding selection of artworks to present various interpretations of this theme; using visual, audio or tactile messages to suggest that citizens develop a greater sense of respect for themselves, for others and for the spaces we inhabit, while reinforcing a sense of trust in institutional bodies”.

The Alexander VII Gallery and adjacent rooms host works by Lara Almarcegui, Rosa Barba, Botto & Bruno, Maurizio Cattelan, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Jimmie Durham, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Claire Fontaine, Alberto Garutti, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Francesco Jodice, Adrian Paci, Diego Perrone, Alessandro Piangiamore, Eugenio Tibaldi, Grazia Toderi, Vedovamazzei, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa, Tobias Zielony.


“The selection of works of art, which directly involved the artists – Anna Mattirolo tells us – was inspired by the ability of each piece to immediately communicate to visitors the theme of a unique experience, which creates a short-circuit between the richly decorated rooms of the past and the perception of the present.”
The artistic research is the fruit of the collaboration of a scientific committee headed by Federica Galloni and comprised of Vincenzo de Bellis, Carolina Italiano, Luca Molinari, Chiara Parisi, Andrea Segre, Esmeralda Valente.
Using the various languages of contemporary art (painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation), the exhibition presents the poetic dimension of a society in transformation. It follows the traces left by human hands on the ground, the form of landscapes generated by human activity and objects that lose their purely practical function to become testimonials to human existence and tracks the identity transmitted by this new environment. At the heart of the considerations made by the artists is a two-sided view-point that oscillates between the condition of the individual and that of society, offering a visible imagination coloured by invisible stories and experiences: narratives that develop in peripheral contexts perceived as spaces without borders, labyrinthic and constantly changing. Here people outline their own difficult efforts to establish a personal, and in some cases transformed, identity.

The publication accompanying the exhibition contains texts by Federica Galloni, Anna Mattirolo, Luca Molinari, Chiara Parisi and Cristina Mazzantini responsible for the graphics and layout.


Exhibition Title:
From me to us. City Without Borders
Promoted by:
Directorate-General of Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries of the MiBAC,
Director General Federica Galloni
and the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic
Anna Mattirolo
Quirinal Palace Piazza del Quirinale Rome
24 October to 17 December 2017
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