European Commission - 7th Framework Programme European Museums and Libraries in/of the age of migrations last updated: February 2015

The Memory of the Sea / La Mémoire de la Mer

7 May - 27 July 2014

Dudelange, Luxembourg | Centre de Recherche sur les Migrations Humaines


After its launch at Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini” in Rome, and the subsequent stopovers at Galata Museo del Mare in Genoa and at GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo, the exhibition “The Memory of the Sea. Objects migrating in the Mediterranean” will travel to Luxembourg. From 7 May to 27 July, it will be displayed at the Centre de Recherche sur les Migrations Humaines (CDMH) in Dudelange. This institution is aimed at promoting, valorizing and disseminating within scientific community as well as to the public at large the outcomes of the research activities carried out on the themes related to migration history and heritage.

The MeLa related exhibition, which is curated by Anna Chiara Cimoli and produced in the framework of the MeLa Research Field 05, illustrates the Sea Memory Musuem in Zarzis, Tunisia, through the images by Alessandro Brasile (2007) and Mattia Insolera (2010), as well as a video by Kami Fares and Giulia Ardizzone (“The Postman of the Mediterranean”, 2013).

The presentation of the exhibition will be complemented by a wide set of public activities.

On 17 and 18 Maywithin the “museums weekend” – a promenade in the neighborhood where the research centre is located will guide the visitors in search of the traces of migration; this initiative aims at helping visitors in focusing on the memory of those who left from “seaside countries” such as Portugal and Italy.

On 18 May – in the occasion of the Festival de la Culture Industrielle et de l’Innovation – a roundtable will debate the topic “Because there is (no) work, what do you want to do?” The event will be chaired by Anna Chiara Cimoli (Politecnico di Milano) and Dario Cieol (curator of CDMH), and it will provide the opportunity to discuss with Mattia Insolera, Kami Fares and Carole Reckinger from Bitter Oranges Project.

At the same time, the local elementary school will organize a special “exhibition inside the exhibition” dedicated to the theme of recycling and reuse.

In addition, a web platform will allow the visitors to upload images of objects referred to one’s journeys (real or immaterial) and to tell their stories: this will create a means to gather more stories related to the multiple and mysterious lives of the objects, in line with the philosophy of Zarzis museum.

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