Within the context of the exhibition ‘Africa. The forgotten collections‘, which will take place at the Musei Reali in Turin from 27 October 2023 to 25 February 2024, Fondazione Santagata is collaborating with the DRM Piemonte and the Musei Reali to create a programme of side events that shall enrich the exhibition with conferences, lectures, concerts and workshops aimed at fostering a new dialogue with African communities around a controversial part of Italian history.


African Heritage: A Bridge of Cultures

On 25 May 2023, on the occasion of Africa Day, a conference was held at the Campus Luigi Einaudi of the University of Turin, dedicated to the development of artistic, architectural and urban culture in today’s Africa, its connection to the colonial past and its ambition for a sustainable future.

To discuss these topics were invited Takele M. Assefa, Professor of Social Antrhopology at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa University), Medhanie T. Mariam, Asmara Heritage Project Coordinator, and Bekele M. Nigussu, Artist and Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Addis Ababa University).

The venet was organised in collaboration with: University of Turin, Museum of Antrhopology and Ethnography of Turin, Musei Reali di Torino, Direzione Regionale Musei Piemonte, Associazione Donne Africa Subsahariana e II Generazione.


Lectures at the Circolo dei Lettori

The Circolo dei Lettori will host four appointments aiming to engage authors, intellectuals and researchers in a conversation around contemporary African culture. These moments of exchange will seek to crreate a platform for reflection and critical analysis of various aspects of African culture today, with a special focus on literature, art, music, cinema and social dynamics within African societies. Through their expertise and perspectives, participants will contribute to fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse cultural expressions emerging from Africa.

THE APPOINTMENTS:
21 November 2023

Africa between authoritarianism and democracy

speakers:

  • Giuseppe Mistretta – Ambassador of Italy in Angola (2009 – 2014) e in Ethiopia (2014 – 2017)
  • Cecilia Pennacini – Director of the Museum of Antrhopology and Ethnography
13 December 2023
Screening of the film “Inconscio italiano” by  Luca Guadagnino
17 January 2024

Italians’ experience in Congo between the 19th and 20th Century

speakers:

  • Rosario Giordano – Università della Calabria
  • Antonio Ponti – Collectioner
21 February 2024
L’Africa al di là degli stereotipi

speakers:

  • Chiara Piaggio – Author
  • Igiaba Scego – Author
All appointments will take place at 6 pm at the Circolo dei Lettori.


Workshop with schools at the Agliè and Racconigi Castles

Between October and November 2023, the Agliè and Racconigi Castles will host workshops with local schools that will promote age-appropriate and curriculum-consistent activities to foster among children reflections on sustainability and the protection and valorisation of cultural heritage.

The activities will be divided into three phases:

  1. Visit to the Residences of the House of Savoy and the repositories of the two Castles
    The visit to the Savoy residence will give the students an insight into the historical and architectural heritage of the region and the opportunity to reflect on UNESCO themes. They will have the chance to appreciate the rich history and cultural significance of the residence, developing a sense of pride and connection to the local heritage.
    The visit to the repositories will offer students a unique opportunity to explore and learn about different artefacts and cultural treasures of non-European origin. This hands-on experience will enable them to gain a deeper understanding of different cultures and broaden their perspectives.
    Visits will be organised by the Educational Services of the Direzione Regionale Musei Piemonte.
  2. Interactive workshop “CIAK AFRICA!”
    The workshop activity will actively involve the students to provide keys to interpreting the culture and society of today’s Africa through the viewing and analysis of 1 or 2 short films presented at international festivals and at the last edition of MiWorld Young Film Festival, combined with the testimony and musical performance of a Congolese mediator and animator to encourage the process of decentralisation and comparison with other points of view.
    These workshops will be run in collaboration with Associazione Centro Orientamento Educativo – COE.
  3. Visit to the exhibition “Africa. Le collezioni dimenticate” at the Royal Museums of Turin
    This is a unique opportunity to explore African cultural heritage through the exhibition route and to deepen the socio-cultural themes dealt with during the previously held workshop.
    The visit will be led by the Education Department of the Royal Museums.

Saba Anglana concert

On 1 July 2023, on the occasion of Somali Independence Day, the courtyard of Palazzo Carignano came alive with a concert by Saba Anglana, Italian singer and actress with Somali origins.

Born in Mogadishu to an Italian father and an Ethiopian mother, Saba’s unique cultural background has greatly influenced her artistic journey. She arrived in Italy with her family in 1975 and settled in Rome. Here she embared on a poliedric artistic career showcasing her talents in film, theatre and music.

La mia geografia. Concerto di Saba Anglana a Palazzo Carignano - Fondazione Santagata


International Roundtable

As a culmination of the collateral program, on March 20th 2024 Fondazione Santagata organised – in collaboration with ICCROM – the international roundtableAfrica, Culture, Dialogue” at the Einaudi Campus of the University of Turin.

A working session among cultural experts to discuss and reflect on the challenges and opportunities related to the conservation and valorisation of African cultural heritage. The insights gathered during the discussions will contribute to the formulation of a shared agenda for future inter-institutional cooperation initiatives.

The roundtable emerges as an event of significant importance, not only for its crucial role in fueling the debate on African cultural heritage but also for the transformative impacts the discussion is set to generate at an international level.


PARTNERS

Università degli Studi di Torino
Direzione Regionale Musei Piemonte
Musei Reali di Torino


TEAM

Eleonora D’Alessandro (Program Coordination)
Luisa Minero (Administration and Logistics)
Sara Ingoglia (Communication)