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“The Restless Earth” (La Terra Inquieta) from 28 April at La Triennale di Milano


La Triennale di Milano and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi has announced the exhibition “The Restless Earth”(La Terra Inquieta) which will be open to the public from April 28 to August 20, 2017.

Cover-image: Adel Abdessemed, Hope, 2011-2012
Boat, resin, 205.7 x 579.1 x 243.8 cm. Courtesy of Adel Abdessemed
© Adel Abdessemed, ADAGP Paris. Photo Maris Hutchinson_EPW Studio

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, and co-produced by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and Fondazione Triennale di Milano, the exhibition is part of the Visual Arts Program of the Triennale directed by Edoardo Bonaspetti and is the result of a partnership between two institutions whose missions have always centered on the present.

La Terra Inquieta” borrows its title from a collection of poems by Édouard Glissant, a Caribbean writer who probed the question of how different cultures can coexist.
Through the works of more than 60 artists from 39 countries, such as Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Turkey,  the exhibition makes a map of both experiences and perceptions of migration and the current refugee crisis as an epoch-making transformation that is reframing contemporary history, geography, and culture.


Yto Barrada, Couronne d’Oxalis (Oxalis Crown), 2006
C-print,125 x 125 cm. Courtesy Yto Barrada and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg / Beirut


Yto Barrada, Landslip, 2001
C-print, 60 x 60 cm. Courtesy Yto Barrada e Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Amburgo / Beirut

Through installations, videos, documentary images, historical sources, and material artifacts, “La Terra Inquieta” explores real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing the odyssey of migrants through personal and collective tales of exodus inspired by varying degrees of urgency and longing. The exhibition revolves around a series of geographic and thematic lines of inquiry – the war in Syria, the state of emergency in Lampedusa, life in refugee camps, the figure of the nomad or stateless person, and Italian migration in the early 20th century – which intersect with works that serve as visual metaphors for conditions of mobility and precariousness.


Rokni Haerizadeh, The Sun Shines on a Graveyard and a Garden Alike,
And The Rain a Loyal Man From a Traitor Knows Not, 2015.
Gesso, watercolour and ink on printed paper, 29.7 x 42 cm
Courtesy Rokni Haerizadeh and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Following the unequal and often exploitative exchanges of labor, commodities, and capital in our globalized economy, the exhibition attempts to trace a choral history of the multitudes of migrants who too often remain nameless. At the center of the exhibition is the video installation “The Mapping Journey Project” by Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili, who, with disarming simplicity, collected the stories of migrants who have traveled across entire continents seeking entry to Europe.


Steve McQueen, Static, 2009
35mm colour film, transferred to HD digital format, sound
7’3’’, continuous projection
Courtesy Steve McQueen; Marian Goodman
Gallery, Paris & New York and Thomas Dane Gallery, London


“The Restless Earth” (La Terra Inquieta)
La Triennale di Milano
Palazzo della Triennale
Viale Alemagna,6 – 20121 Milano
28 April / 20 August, 2017


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