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What is the possible today? Doing ecology means, above all, facing up to this question. "(Im)possible Ecologies" is an exhibition project of NABA Visual Arts Area confronting this issue. The exhibition will take place from June 20 to 26, at the Botanic Garden of Rome and Polo Museale Sapienza, in Largo Cristina di Svezia, 23 A - 24. Here the audience can find the works of art by Milan and Rome campus students of the BA in Painting and Visual Arts, and those of the students of the MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies, starting on the Rome campus* as well from October 2022.

On June 20 at 5:30 PM, there will be a Seminar by MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies students. They will introduce the programme research themes, including their experience curating the "(Im)possible Ecologies" exhibition project. At 7:00 PM, the opening of the art exhibition in Rome will take place, available with mandatory booking, bringing together, for the first time ever, the works by students of the Department of Visual Arts from both campus.

The exhibition at the Botanic Garden of Rome and Polo Museale Sapienza

The relationship between ecologies (environmental, social and psychic), artistic practices and curatorial studies has been one of the central elements of the pedagogic processes developed by NABA's Visual Arts Department. This multiplicity of approaches also inspired "(Im)possible Ecologies". Nomadism, myths and metamorphosis, eco-feminism, colonial memories and a particular call for deceleration are some of the focal themes of political ecology addressed by students-artists. The exhibition project can also rely on a suggestive location. The Botanic Garden of Rome and Polo Museale Sapienza is a living museum, a place for the protection of biodiversity, but also the symbol of Italy as a nation state with a colonial past. It presents itself as the privileged setting in which to address such questions about the horizons of the possible.

The artists and curators of "(Im)possible Ecologies 

"(Im)possible Ecologies" comes from a draft of Andris Brinkmanis (Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Visual Arts Course Leader) and Marco Scotini (Visual Arts Department Head). The exhibition coordinator is Vasco Forconi and its Graphic Identity by Giordano Cruciani.

The works of art are by BA in Painting and Visual Arts students (Rome and Milan campus) and MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies students (Milan campus): Chiara Antonelli, Roberta Argenta, Davide Barberi, Eleonora Del Bene, Isabel Bergant, Elisabetta Bottura, Francesca Bullo, Alessandro Cavallini, Elisa Ceneri, Michela Fabriani, Diego Giannettoni, Romina Guerrero, Camilla Gurgone, Munisa Kholkhujaeva, Kenny Alexander Laurence, Miranda Lopez Ortega, Giorgio Mattia, Rebecca Momoli, Katia Mosconi, Giuliana Paolino, Tatiana Russi Soto, Lorenzo Silvestri, Alessandro Sorrentino, Shaha Tanvi, Mateusz Dalla Torre, Barbara De Veteris, Iris Volpato, Shaoqi Yin. 

The exhibition was curated by MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies students (Milan campus): Shamooda Amrelia, Elisabetta Calligaro, Antonela Solenicki, Zixin Han, Harshitha Jois, Elena Marcon, Nicolò Martinelli, Rosaria Murolo, Alberto Navilli, Barbara Niniano, Martina Pumpel, Alessia Riva, Federica Rizzo.

Special thanks to Silvia Simoncelli (NABA Head of Education of Rome campus), Caterina Iaquinta (Advisor Leader of the BA in Painting and Visual Arts of Rome campus), Lorenzo Romito (NABA lecturer).

(Im)possible Ecologies is the first act in an exhibition project that will continue in the autumn with an exhibition dedicated to the subject of memory and the archive.

* Rome teaching delivery campus is subject to authorisation by MUR for AY 2022/23 

(Im)possible Ecologies: event information

Botanic Garden of Rome and Polo Museale Sapienza, Largo Cristina di Svezia, 23 A - 24
Exhibition: from June 20 to 26 

June 20
From 5:30 PM: Seminar by BA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies students
From 7:00 to 9:30 PM: Exhibition opening. Mandatory booking writing at events@naba.it

Open to the public
June 21 / June 26: from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Access by entering the Botanic Garden of Rome e Polo Museale Sapienza.

Cover: Graphic Identity by Giordano Cruciani