Emanuele Rinaldo Meschini - Declination of Community
What does “community” means in a world supposedly without borders and barriers?
Is community an invention or a tradition?
This micro-exhibition aims to analyze, through videos, the different aspects and the different meanings of the term “community”.
The video of Kaya Behkalam, Das Schöne Land, showing the artist tracing his family's roots back to Iran, his Fatherland. On this trip his personal history gets intertwined with the objective one, as well as the concept of community gets divided between family and state, intimacy is put in balance with a greater history.
The animation of Can Sungu and Malve Lippmann is the final result of workshops with the children and the seniors of the “Kinderinsel” of the Turkish Community House in Frankfurt. It deals with the history of Turkish migrant labourers in Germany. Through the story of the elderly, the children have reconstructed a visual story by creating collages from newspapers of that time. Even in this case, subjectivity and objectivity are joined together through the oral narration of a community. In the video Breadmakers, Fedda analyzes the issue of diversity and disability through the creation of a "productive" society in which the term community is understood in its sense of inclusiveness.
In the video We are Back, shot in Rome during her residency at the British School, Fedda highlights the concept of community as something exclusive and non-guaranteed, something to conquer and to build. It relates the story of the occupation of the former Civil Motoristaion building in the district of San Giovanni. Fedda shed light on a new way of democratic conquest of space for the creation of self-organised community.
Yasmin Fedda, Breadmakers (2007, 11 mins)
Siamo Tornati, We are back (2013, 8 mins)
Can Sungu with Malve Lippmann, Vegeldik-Und wir sind angekommen (2013, 18 mins)
Kaya Behkalam, Das Schöne Land (2005, 50 mins)