Massimiliano Gatti exhibition at The Italian Academy, Columbia University, New York
The Day Memory Dissolved Curated by Renato Miracco
Palmyra ruins, 60 x 90 cm (23.62 x 35.41 inches), Giclée fine art inkjet print on Photo Rag cotton paper, dibond, framed, 2009.
Massimiliano Gatti presents a stunning record of work: recent images from Qatna, Syria, Nineveh, Khorsabad, Tell Gomel, Mesopotamia, the Tigris, Kurdistan, Iraq—and a wall of inscription-bearing stones from the Jerwan site. This exhibition is part of “Protecting our Heritage,” a focal topic for the Washington cluster of EUNIC (the European Union National Institutes of Culture). This exhibition is also part of the Italian Academy's International Observatory for Cultural Heritage, which launches in 2016–17 with a group of Fellows studying the conservation, protection and preservation of heritage and the contemporary destruction of art and architecture. A series of exhibitions and conferences also addresses the political uses and abuses of cultural heritage as well as the exchange, transport, and trafficking of objects.
Massimiliano Gatti, photographer and archaeological activist, worked with the archaeological mission of the University of Udine in Qatna, Syria, from 2008 to 2011. Gatti’s interest in the exploration of ancient ruins and traces of the past has also led him to work with photographic projects in Scotland, Syria, Iraq and Italy. His work is featured in important public and private collections including the Galleria Civica di Modena, Fondazione Fotografia, BNL Paribas, and the Collezioni Comune di Monza.
Renato Miracco, author of books, catalogues and articles on a variety of cultural subjects, has curated more than 100 exhibitions. He directed New York’s Italian Cultural Institute for two years, served as a counsellor for the Scientific Committee of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies since 2006, and has been since 2010 the Cultural Attaché for the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. Co-sponsor: the Embassy of Italy, Washington DC; AIFIC (American Initiative for Italian Culture); Melchionna, PLLC.
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Opening reception: Oct 18, 6pm
Exhibition continues until Nov.16; Hours: weekdays 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Closed on Mon/Tues, Nov 7/8)
Free and open to the public
Location : The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue,
New York, NY 10027
(Just south of 118th Street)