Progetto Genesi 2024 Art and Human Rights

The Exhibition

Curated by Ilaria Bernardi

Progetto Genesi. Arte e Diritti Umani, a major exhibition and educational initiative dedicated to the theme of human rights, conceived and curated by Ilaria Bernardi, in the belief that contemporary art can assume the role of ambassador of human rights. In parallel Progetto Genesi offers to transform the traditional format of the exhibition into a fully-fledged traveling museum moving from city to city with its collection, exhibition, and educational activities.

Its first two editions, respectively in 2021-2022 and in 2023, presented the works in the contemporary art collection of the Associazione (the Collezione Genesi), made up of artists from around the world and of different generations, who deal with the relevant social and environmental issues of our day and age. Initially, the Collection included 37 opere, to which over the course of 2021-2022 15 new acquisitions were added, presented in 2023 on the occasion of the second edition of the Project.

Since the first edition of Progetto Genesi, the exhibition has identified the Collezione Genesi six main theme-based sections through which the works express a message linked to the defense of human rights:

– The Memory of a People– Multicultural Identity– Victims of Power– The Color of a Person’s Skin– The Female Condition– The Safeguarding of the Environment

For the last stop of the second edition, Brescia in November 2023, rather than present the whole Collezione Genesi, only a part was included, using it as an introduction to a theme-based exhibition about Iran, with works loaned by major collectors, and international museums and galleries. This new exhibition format was further developed in the following two exhibitions held in November 2023 in Alba, at the Banca d’Alba, in collaboration with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, and in December 2023 in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Indeed, each of the two exhibitions involved a small number of works from the Collezione Genesi, in order to include works with various origins (i.e. loaned by artists, museums, galleries, and other collections) and develop an exhibition path dedicated to a specific theme: in Alba violence against women, and in Geneva the relationship between Italian art and human rights.

The third edition of Progetto Genesi marks a further evolution in the theme-based exhibition format developed in Brescia, Alba, and Geneva. It will in fact be characterized by four exhibitions, each of them different, in terms of both the works displayed and the theme dealt with, joined by a common thread: a focus on the condition of women in the world.

The focus on the female condition in the world will be present in each of the four exhibitions via a closer look at a different internationally renowned artist, but one of different provenance and generation, respectively: Simone Fattal (Damascus, Syria, 1942), Shirin Neshat (Qazvin, Iran, 1957); Monica Bonvicini (Venice, Italy, 1965), Binta Diaw (Milan, Italy, but of Senegalese origin, 1995). The choice of the four artists does not just derive from the quality of their work; above all from their being bearers, through their lives, of women’s experiences in different geographical and social contexts. The closer look at these four artists are also a way to approach a major project which the Associazione Genesi is working on and will not be announced until fall 2024.

The first exhibition includes the 15 new acquisitions to enter the Collezione Genesi presented for the first time.

The additional information regarding the exhibited works and the sections can be found in an innovative app by Hidonix that can be downloaded on mobile phone via QR Code. The app provides an audio guide, as well as the audios by FAI Ponte tra Culture volunteers. FAI Ponte tra Culture is a project aimed at valorizing dialogue and cultural exchange between individuals of different backgrounds and religious beliefs. The app gives also visitors regular updates on the various educational and exhibition activities taking place for the entire duration of Progetto Genesi. Click here to download the App.

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[Cover: Silvia Rosi, Self Portrait as my Mather on the Phone, 2019. Ph. © Anna Arca. © Silvia Rosi]