On 17 June 2017 Warwick in Venice participated in Art Night. This is an annual event coordinated by Ca'Foscari, one of the most prestigious and beautiful universities in Venice. Based in a Venetian Gothic palace, the main historical seat of the University overlooks the Grand Canal.
Art Night, or Art Night Venezia, offers the opportunity for organisations all over Venice to extend their opening hours and invite the public in. A whole series of events took place over the evening across Venice; including art exhibitions, guided tours and performances.
Warwick in Venice, based at the historic Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in the Cannaregio area, teamed up with Associazione Arzanà, a secret museum of the history of Venetian boats, and the Chiesetta della Misericordia, a former church turned exhibition space on the opposite side of the canal, which hosts the Biennale exhibition "Do ut des" by the Italian-Egyptian artist Omar Hassan.
While a duo of musicians regaled passers-by, whether on foot or afloat, to a concert of guitar music and folk and rock ballads —some spontaneous dancing was observed— rowers from the Arzanà, an organisation that promotes the cultural heritage of Venice's water transport, ferried visitors across between the two venues in rare, historic Venetian boats.
At the Palazzo Pesara Papafava, a continuous stream of visitors viewed a unique, digital portrait gallery ‘Italy is Out’, by the photographer Mario Badagliacca, exploring what it means to be an Italian abroad today. Through a series of portraits of people and personal objects she exhibits a collection of the lives of individuals and communities through different generations. Telling the story of “Italinity”, Italian culture and identity.
A collection of large black and white photographs the 1960s restoration of the Madonna dell'Orto, currently on loan to Warwick thanks to Venice in Peril an organisation which supports the restoration of Venice’s monuments, buildings and artworks, also drew much attention.
Last but not least, our guests were treated to recipes and stories from an Instagram project #PanOnTour by Subodh Gupta organised by the Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick. This project invites visitors to borrow the pan and cook a dish in it which meant something to them. They were then encouraged to take photographs on their dish and the process which could be uploaded to Instagram. This project will continue with the next intake of Warwick in Venice students in October 2017. Students, staff and friends of Warwick in Venice will be enjoined to borrow the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava's own deep skillet (the traditional, Venetian pignata) to cook up a meal with traditional, sustainable ingredients from Venice's market. Look out for the Pignata tra le calli!
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