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Words by Rosa Anna Di Lella

Introducing the Artists in Residence "Museo delle Civiltà"

Photo: LA MUTA – Poetry Performance 2021-2022

The evaluation committee for the Call for Applications Care in a World We Share with Others/Caring in a Precarious World has selected the winning project for the residency among 180 applications submitted from 48 countries.
The winning project, which will be awarded a grant of a total amount of euro 10.500, as well as coverage for travel and accommodation in Rome in autumn 2022, is PhonoMuseum of the Extincts proposed by Wissal Houbabi, feminist and activist, artist and writer.

Photo by Claudia Bouvier

Wissal Houbabi’s proposal, characterised by a collective and process-based methodology, will be realised in cooperation with a working group formed by Suranga Katugampala (director, author and visual curator), Ismael “Astri” Lo (sound designer, artist, audio curator), Kwanza Musi Dos Santos (activist, consultant, polyglot, Questa è Roma association President), Toi Giordani (designer, poet, performer, project designer – Collettivo Zoopalco of Bologna). Furthermore, the project will be carried out in collaboration with the cultural association Questa è Roma, the Collettivo Zoopalco of Bologna, and in partnership with the Centro Studi Post Coloniali e di Genere – UniOr of Naples.

The project PhonoMuseum of the Extincts fully responds to the theoretical and methodological perspectives outlined by the call and brings an important contribution to the critical analysis of museum collections, their denominations, methods of presentation, and their rethinking from a future perspective which sets the museum in a hypothetical 2152.

The commission has also decided to award two grants of euro 5.000 to two other projects, giving two special mentions to Bianca Baldi for the project Sicomoro Centenario and to Malak Yacout for the proposal Expanded Memory. The two mentions will allow the two winners to start a dialogue with the museum, and initiate research projects starting from the exploration of the collections.

The 2022 residency Care in a World We Share with Others/Caring in a Precarious World is organised within the framework of the European Project Taking Care – Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care, which explores the connections between ethnographic collections held in European museums and broader issues related to the climate crisis and the Anthropocene, addressing issues related to colonialism and its social and environmental consequences. The Museo delle Civiltà in Rome is the Italian partner of the European project, coordinated by the Weltmuseum Wien, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

The evaluation committee was composed by Rosa Anna Di Lella (cultural anthropologist, Museo delle Civiltà), Viviana Gravano (curator of contemporary art and professor at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera – Milan), Matteo Lucchetti (curator for contemporary arts and cultures, Museo delle Civiltà), Fiamma Montezemolo (artist and professor of Cinema and Digital Media at the University of California), Igiaba Scego (writer).