APOLIDIA WORKSHOP WITH SCHOOLS

APOLIDIA, the inaugural exhibition launched by THE PINNA, in collaboration with AVAPO Mestre, showcases the works of 15 artists from backgrounds marked by conflict, coloniality, statelessness, and diaspora. Held at the deconsecrated Santa Maria delle Grazie in Mestre, Venice, from May 5th to 19th, 2024, the exhibition probes the intricate relationship between contemporary art and the concept of motherland. Sponsored by Fondazione Venezia, APOLIDIA delves into the nuanced interpretations of homeland as experienced through the lenses of artists grappling with displacement and the politics of identity.These artists, originating from regions as diverse as Syria, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Ukraine, and Ethiopia, present works that not only articulate a sense of displacement but also challenge and expand the aesthetic and sociopolitical understanding of belonging. Their art reflects on personal and collective narratives, driven by their circumstances of conflict, migration, and the search for identity, underscoring the exhibition’s commitment to fostering a deeper understanding of these global issues.

EDUCATIONAL IMPACT

In conjunction with the exhibition, THE PINNA organized a series of educational workshops in collaboration with local schools, impacting approximately 280 students and 30 teachers. These workshops, conducted at the exhibition site, were designed to extend the themes of the APOLIDIA exhibition into the classroom, providing a practical and immersive learning experience.

SCHOOLS INVOLVED

– C. Battisti primary school of the Caio Giulio Cesare comprehensive institute

– T. Vecellio primary school of the San Marco comprehensive institute

– A. Manuzio middle school of the San Marco institute

– Liceo statale L. Stefanini

– Guggenheim School of Art

For a total of 280 students.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:

– Multicultural Education: Introducing students to the diverse cultural and ethical backgrounds of the artists, promoting an understanding of multiculturalism.

– Art Interpretation: Enhancing students’ ability to interpret and connect with artworks, relating them to broader socio-cultural themes.

– Empathy and Personal Growth: Encouraging students to explore their own perceptions of home and identity, fostering empathy for the experiences of others.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

– Interactive Installations: Students interacted with installations such as Judy Mashnouk’s “Chaos”, where they contemplated what personal item they would take if forced to flee their homes, linking personal security with the realities of displacement.

– Creative Expression: Participants were asked to encapsulate their exhibition experience in a single word, which was then used to create a collective artwork, integrating their perspectives into the ongoing narrative of the exhibition.

The feedback from these sessions was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the effectiveness of integrating art with education to tackle complex and often sensitive topics. These workshops not only enriched students’ understanding but also allowed them to contribute personally to the discourse generated by APOLIDIA.

By hosting APOLIDIA, THE PINNA has reinforced its commitment to using art as a dynamic educational tool, bridging gaps between diverse cultural experiences and promoting a deeper, empathetic understanding of global human conditions.