MUDEC – Museo delle Culture di Milano presents Dialogue with the Unseen, a solo show by Valerio Rocco Orlando (CRF 2011), curated by Alessandra Pioselli, which will run from the 7th to the 16th of June in the Khaled al-Asaad Space of Cultures.
Filmed by the artist in Israel and Palestine between 2014 and 2019, Dialogue with the Unseen will be shown for the first time to the public as a two-channel video installation, with a workshop and public talk complementing the exhibition.
The film is a spiritual journey and political pilgrimage in the Holy Land, a live recording of conversations between two Palestinian men and a Palestinian woman who share their unique personal experience of God, nature and society.
Existential, spiritual, philosophical and political nuances inform the dialogues about the invisible and invisibility between Saleh Bakri, an actor and icon of the Middle Eastern cinema and theatre scene, and two young Palestinian authors. Through the eyes of rapper Eisa Khalifa gazing upon Nazareth at sunset from Mount Precipice and the voice of poetess Asmaa Azaizeh with her tangible testimony on what remains of old Haifa, Dialogue with the Unseen explores the sense of belonging and the cultural identity of a community that endures.
Opening: Thursday June 6th, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Duration: June 7th to June 16th, 2019
Location: MUDEC – Museo delle Culture, Via Tortona 56 – Milan // Free Entry
Tuesday 11th June 2019 – 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Within the exhibition, Valerio Rocco Orlando will facilitate a workshop with the students of Arab Language and Culture from the Department of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication at the University of Milan (Prof. Letizia Osti and Prof. Cristina Dozio), with the aim to delve into the theme of invisibility from a philosophical, aesthetical and cultural viewpoint.
Thursday 13th June 2019 – 6:30 PM
Public talk with Saleh Bakri, who will be in Milan for the first time, Valerio Rocco Orlando and Alessandra Pioselli: a dialogue about the film, its poetics, the context and the experience that has inspired its realisation. The meeting will be conducted in English.
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