Unsettling Genealogies


Unsettling Genealogies is an umbrella term under which I am developing a series of critical incursions in the history of Italian cultural institutions to expose their colonial and fascist roots, highlighting the way such legacies are sanitised, obfuscated or unacknowledged. These interventions take a wide range of forms, responding to the different contexts in which I work and involving networks that I regularly collaborate with, in order to allow for discussion and dissemination. Unsettling Genealogies stems out of the propositions outlined in a statement that I wrote in late 2019 for the journal From the European South (postcolonialitalia):  (Re)entering the Archive: critical reflections on archives and whiteness

The first project is focused on the planned re-exhibition of the former Colonial Museum in Rome, within the ethnographic museum Museo delle Civiltà. Thus far, it consists of two outputs. Firstly, a short article published on the Journal of Visual Culture and Harun Farocki Institut platform in June 2020, which responded to the online press conference held by the museum, in which the re-opening was announced. Secondly, a presentation that I gave at the conference Everything Passes Except the Past held at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, on 17 October 2020 and organised by the Goethe Institut  Brussels (project curated by Jana J. Haeckel).

Read more:

THE ART NEWSPAPER, "Racist or responsive? Italy to exhume Mussolini's colonial museum collection in 'critical' new display"


The full panel, with a presentations by Dr Angelica Pesarini and by the museum's curator Rosa Anna di Lella, as well as the panel discussion, is available here. Please notice that it is mostly in Italian language.

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