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Scuola Popolare_ Villa Romana

Exercises in disorientation

BHMF and The Recovery Plan

PREFACE

Fischi per Fiaschi was designed in the context of the first edition of Scuola Popolare at

Villa Romana as a direct response to a desire to share time and space without the need

for intermediary icebreakers or moderators and as a form of holding space where all

forms of knowledge production are seen as opportunities for profound or simple

exchange. The format is about putting our minds and bodies to work in a format where

two dimensions that are critical to social nourishment and a critical questioning are

centralized, that of specificity and that of positionality. In a certain sense both of these

dimensions are a terrain that is best explored in collectivity. In order to grapple with

nuance and complexity we have to be willing to address all that grounds us in society

and before we inquire into the pools of knowledge that surround us we must share that

which we hold. This second volume is dedicated to recovery of Forms of being together

and from social isolation that has riddled the past year.

CONCEPT and OBJECTIVES

Fischi per Fiaschi is a series of intersectional workshops, dialogues and exercises guided

by facilitators across artistic disciplines that follow and lead participants in a process of

disorientation and reorientation with the objective of elaborating positionalities,

highlighting ignorance as potential for growth and decentralizing the self in relation to a

range of areas of cultural production involving storytelling, forms of self representation,

socio-spiritual healing and the relationship between personal and public communities.

Each session is accompanied by a hands-on collective workshop re-purposing a Tuscan

tradition, “l’impagliatura dei fiaschi”. The phrase prendere fischi per fiaschi alludes to

forms of confusion or drastic errors in perception.

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This second volume is composed of four workshop sessions that provoke the unsettling

of our perceptions and prejudices as keys to accessing a destabilized reflection on

knowledge production and relays strategies for elaborating and fostering processes of

collectivity. Using the metaphor of the impagliatura dei fiaschi originally employed to

alleviate fragility as a means for occupying our hands and minds, each session pushes

the facilitator along with the other participants towards acts of rendering the familiar

unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar. The interventions and workshops employ a

reflexive verbs as thematic frameworks geared towards alternative forms of language,

exchange and sharing, are each flanked by a meditative practice of weaving and

wrapping while the final session brings about a process of collective study. The platform

is developed and coordinated by BHMF and The Recovery Plan as a form of didactic

development with a range of protagonists from our network. The BHMF team also

provides hands on assistance for facilitating the sessions and activates outreach towards

partner institutions for the solicitation of participants.

LIST OF WORKSHOPS/EVENTS

JULY 1 | I. Raccontarsi_ Georges Senga at Villa Romana

JULY 8 | II. Conoscersi_ Silvia Rosi at Villa Romana

JULY 22 | III. Curarsi_ Musa Michelle MattiuzzI at The Recovery Plan @ SRISA

JULY 29 | IV. Rapprasentarsi_ Banji Chona at Casa del Popolo del Galuzzo

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TITLE

Raccontarsi

FACILITATOR

Georges Senga

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

In this workshop Georges Senga examines the role and form of oral narratives based on

fact and fiction intertwined as a means for exploring and expanding archival research.

METHOD

Story telling and the construction of a life from fragments are elaborated in this session

pushing participants to “raccontarsi” based on interwoven personal stories with fictional

dimensions. The work of Impagliatura is introduced and each participant will be

engaged in this while reflecting upon story telling.

BIO

Born in 1983 in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo), Georges Senga is a

photographer. Georges Senga’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions

: Lubumbashi Biennale in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2019, Asbl Dialogues in 2013,

Bamako Biennale in 2011, 2015 and 2017, Addis Fotofest in 2014 and 2018, Kampala

Biennale in 2014, Cape Town Art Fair in 2018, Sesci_video Brazil in 2019, Contour

Biennale in 2019, Kigali PhotoFest in 2019, Fondation A in 2019, Wiels art centre in 2019,

Galerie Imane Farès in 2019, Cargo in Context in 2019, FOMU in 2019, Jean Cocteau

cultural centre in 2020, United Nations, United States in 2020. He has won the Thamie

Mnyele Award (Netherlands, 2019), DemoCrasee, Bamako Biennale (Mali 2017), CAP

PRIZE – International Prize for Contemporary African Photography of the IAF Basel

(Switzerland, 2017), SADC Research Residency Prohelveltia (South Africa, 2017), Leon the

African RAM, Bamako Biennale (Mali, 2015), SADC Research Residency Prohelveltia

(South Africa, 2014), Special mention, PHOTOAFRICA (Spain, 2009).

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TITLE

Conoscersi

FACILITATOR

Silvia Rosi

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

In this workshop, Silvia Rosi examines the nature of the personal narration of collective

understandings of identity.

METHOD

Anchoring the dialogue in the capacity of vernacular images to hold memory, images

broght in by participants are used to reflect upon the slippage between access to self

and to community. The work of Impagliatura is introduced and each participant is

engaged in this as an accompaniment to the sharing of personal archives.

BIO

Born in Scandiano in 1992, living and working between London and Modena. She

graduated from London College of Communication in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in

Photography. Her work retraces her personal family history drawing on her Togolaise

heritage, and the idea of origins. The theme of family is explored through self-portraits

in which she plays her mother and father, narrating their experience of migration from

Togo to Italy. Her images are partially informed by the West African studio portrait

tradition. Awards: 2020 Foam Talent; 2020 Portrait of Britain; 2020 Lens Culture Portrait

Award; 2019 Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020. Exhibition: 2020 Italia 90 - Condominio

(IT); 2020 Taylor Wessing NPP Exhibition; The National Portrait Gallery (UK); 2020 Small is

Beautiful XXXVIII; Flowers Gallery (UK); 2020 Athens Photo Festival; Benaki Museum (EL);

2020 Landskrona Foto (SE); 2020 Getxo International Image Festival (BC) through PH

MUSEUM Photography Grant 2020 With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery (UK);

2020 Jerwood/Photoworks Awards Jerwood Arts (UK)

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TITLE

Curarsi

FACILITATOR

Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

How do plants archive stories, struggle in the political arena and often play a crucial role

in re-imagining society? How to listen to the tongues within plants, what kind of stories

do they tell, and to whom? Mattiuzzi’s investigative action connects the oral traditions of

power herbs and flowers by South American healers and their land struggles to the

political agency of gardens within the urban fabric. By linking the power of plants against

both histories of oppression and the dangers of on-going extractivism and

gentrification.

METHOD

A narration of the artists' work provides a starting point for sharing a dialogue on

personal and collective practices of "healing". The Impagliatura work is introduced and

each participant is engaged in this while reflecting on the gardens as care sites.

BIO

muSa Michelle Mattiuzzi * is an undisciplined artist whose work comes from

performance and writing. She used photography and film to express herself. Colonial

violence is a constant theme in his work. His works appropriate and subvert the exotic

place assigned to the body of the black woman by cis white normative images and

which transform her image into a sort of aberration, an entity divided between the

marvelous and the abject. She is currently interested in "black radical thinking" and the

study of philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva and cultural theorist Fred Moten. She is the

founder of the Rethinking the Aesthetics of the Colony platform in collaboration with the

Goethe Institut São Paulo and the Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) of the University of

British Columbia. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

• Brazilian who was born in São Paulo in 1983.

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TITLE

Rappresentarsi

FACILITATOR

Banji Chona

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

In this workshop, Banji Chona examines tensions in relation to notions of dislocation and

diaspora. Self representation versus identities imposed from the outside are at the core

of this dialogue.

METHOD

The conflation of multiple forms and understandings of self representation are

elaborated in this project that engages notions of access through a dialogue around

technological forms of borderless connectivity. The work of Impagliatura is introduced

and each participant is engaged in this while elaborating upon individual positions of

“rappresentarsi” in regards to pluralized realities of contemporary connectivity and

technoscapes.

BIO

Banji Chona is a Zambezian artivist and artchivist whose work manifests across the

artistic and cultural spectrum. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in International

Relations & Politics from The University of Manchester and is currently in the process of

acquiring her Masters of Arts in Arts & Culture Management from The Rome Business

School. Banji Chona is one of the selected MQBMBQ project ("My Queer Blackness, My

Black Queerness") is an ongoing digital project that explores the multiple facets of black

queer identity. It is a protest, a celebration that frames darkness as a polyphony, a genre

or a melody with a wide variety of notes and textures - denouncing both queer white

racism and queer black antagonism and queerphobia through art, cinema and literature

through fundraising, magazine articles, film screenings, etc.

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