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Massimiliano Gatti

The Day Memory Dissolved: an artistic perspective on endangered archaeological sites in the Middle East
Opening Reception: Oct 18, 6 pm

Curated by Renato Miracco
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Massimiliano Gatti presents a stunning record of work: recent images from Syria (Palmyra, Apamea, Resafa) and Iraq (Khorsabad, and the Jerwan site, both near Mosul). The exhibition – which includes photographs of structures before their deliberate destruction; sites looted for profit; and fragile ruins that remain intact – is not a work of journalism, but rather a poetic investigation of objects and structures as metaphor.     

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. 

Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Italy, Washington DC; AIFIC (American Initiative for Italian Culture); Melchionna, PLLC.

Register for opening reception here
Artist and curator will give brief remarks at 7:00 pm
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

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. 


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