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On December 16th from 9 am to 12 pm, in Room 0.01 of the Academy’s campus in Rome, NABA will host the conference “Verso il giardino e la scuola di Herat in esilio” (Towards the garden and the school of Herat in exile), in collaboration with Stalker, within the three-year-long project “LA ZATTERA. Alla deriva tra storie e immaginari della città invisibile (Roma 1870-2020)”. The initiative will involve lecturers and students from the Afghan school of Herat, currently in exile, as well as Silvia Simoncelli, NABA Head of Education - Rome, and Marco Scotini, NABA Visual Arts Department Head, in a conversation that will intertwine the themes of education, artistic production, and migration.

A bridge between Rome and Herat, between those who give and those who seek refuge. Herat was world-famous for its school of miniatures but also for its gardens. A small ecosystem to re-create the relationships between nature and art, a place of free artistic expression: painting, miniatures, photography, music, and poetry that are condemned to silence and clandestinity in Herat today. "The Herat school in exile in Rome" aims to be a reciprocal and open space for action, training and transformation, between cultures and disciplines, between city and school, between human beings and the environment in which they live. It aims to be an art space dedicated to the meeting between artists, intellectuals and students arriving in these days from Afghanistan to Rome, to keep alive artistic traditions now silenced in Afghanistan including the ancient tradition of the Herat miniatures.

La Zattera, alla deriva tra storie e immaginari della città invisibile (Roma 1870-2020)” is a Civic Engagement project between artistic research and urban and social exploration for the realisation of an artistic work in three years. The project is promoted by Roma Culture, is the winner of the Public Notice Contemporaneously Rome 2020 - 2021 - 2022 edited by the Department of Cultural Activities.

Verso il giardino e la scuola di Herat in esilio
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Room 0.01
Via Ostiense 92, Roma
December 16th from 9 am to 12 pm
Free access until full capacity is reached
Access allowed only to those presenting a Green Pass