Arctic Tales, exhibitions in Rome

From 27 May to 4 September, the ARCTIC TALES initiative will be held at the Rome Museum in Trastevere, featuring two photographic reports by Valentina Tamborra and a series of events dedicated to the discovery of the Arctic, from an anthropological, cultural and social point of view. view.

ARCTIC TALES is promoted by Roma Culture, Capitoline Superintendency for Cultural Heritage and by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Rome in collaboration with the Norwegian Seafood Council. Museum services Zètema Progetto Cultura.

The two photographic reports by Valentina Tamborra, entitled “Skrei – Rejsen” and “Mi Tular – Io sono il confine”, were born out of the photographer’s need to explore the borders and discovery of territories in northern Norway. In her professional career, Tamborra examines the concept of boundary under different keys of interpretation and analyzes it as a physical, social and cultural boundary. The reports touch on basic themes such as climate change, sustainability, inclusion, respect for cultures, preservation of memory, tradition and language.

“Skrei – Il Viaggio”, curated by Roberto Mutti with artistic direction by Giuseppe Creti, takes its name from an old Viking expression “to slip”, which means “to travel, migrate, move forward”, but which is also the name of a special type of Norwegian cod. After being exhibited during the fifth edition of the Vogue Photo Festival in 2020, “Skrei – Il Viaggio” arrives in Rome to tell about the migrations of humans and animals.
Valentina Tamborra’s journey began in the Vatican’s Apostolic Library in Rome and in the Marciana National Library in Venice, where the testimonies of the adventurous story of the navigator Pietro Querini are kept. The man who survived the shipwreck of his ship arrives in the Lofoten Islands in 1432 and is rescued by local fishermen, from whom he learns the methods of conserving cod, which he exports to Venice on his return. This trip will deeply connect Italy and Norway and mark the culinary fate of stockfish in the Italian tradition.
With this project, the photographer pays tribute to Rome and Venice when she arrives in the Norwegian islands of Lofoten, which is the heart of her reportage, where she celebrates the stories of men, faces, places and ancient and modern traditions, which become a reason for exchange and crossing of worlds.

With “Mi Tular – Io sono il confine”, curated by Giuseppe Creti, Valentina Tamborra moves to the Svalbard Islands, a strip of frozen land located in the Arctic Ocean, where polar bears and humans compete for an invisible border. The word “Tular”, which in Old Etruscan means I am the border, brings to mind the myth of Ultima Thule, the last island beyond the known world. Svalbard – islands where the temperature drops to -30 ° in winter, the light is a mirage that lasts a few hours a day and the number of polar bears equals the number of inhabitants – has always been known to be an inhospitable place for man. In recent years, however, something has changed: The people who decide to stay are more and more. To date, there are about 3,000 inhabitants and 3,000 polar bears, and there are 40 nationalities present on the archipelago.

Tamborra takes a closer look at who are the people who have decided to settle in this remote corner of the world, which they themselves call a “bubble”.
In this human outpost on the edge of the North Pole, seemingly very distant stories intersect: men and women from all corners of the world live here, side by side, in a peaceful mix of languages, cultures, ethnic groups and religions. Where nature is deadly, humans must find a new balance to survive.

The subjects portrayed are scientists; sled dog breeders; philosophers working as plumbers; chefs open gourmet restaurants with the largest selection of wines in Europe in a place where alcohol is rationed; a miner, one of the last to write fairy tales for children in his spare time: ambitious men trying to preserve a universal memory in this remote place by starting a huge project, the Arctic World Archive, the largest “library / archive” of all human knowledge inside an abandoned mine.
Svalbard is home to many research activities, including the northernmost university in the world, the Norwegian Polar Institute, led until 2021 by a passionate and brave man who has decided to tell and defend the Arctic’s delicate beauty and majestic: Kim Holmén. Holmén has had many research roles on Svalbard over the last thirty years. Today he is an associate professor at ITU, Norway’s Arctic University, located in Tromsø.

Below is the program of events in the museum’s Multimedia Room, which will include a visit to the exhibition.

Kim Holmén – together with SIOI President Franco Frattini and artist Valentina Tamborra – will be one of the main characters at the first event of ARCTIC TALES, entitled Sustainable Communities, which will be held on Friday 27 May from 14:00 to 16 : 00, in English.

The appointments with ARCTIC TALES continue on Tuesday, June 7 from kl. 17.00 to 19.00 with Global Ocean Panel, an English-language panel with Henrik Harboe, Norway’s special envoy Oceans, the director of FAO’s fisheries and aquaculture department and other experts in the field. The event is held on the occasion of the International Year of Craft Fishing and Aquaculture.

On 22 June, the Museum of Rome in Trastevere will also host an important meeting from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm: An introduction to Sami contemporary art: from the Venice Biennale to the history behind Kristoffer Dolmen, director of Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš, Sámi Contemporary Art Center, which will an overview and present to the public the scene and history of Sami contemporary art, on the occasion of the creation of the Sami pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale. At the opening of the evening, Valentina Tamborra will propose her new photographic project “Ákhát – TerraMadre”, dedicated to this population. The photographer’s journey will culminate in this third Arctic chapter “Ákhát -TerraMadre”, which composes the artist’s trilogy linked to the people who live beyond the Arctic Circle, ie the natives of the Sami.

VALENTINA TAMBORRA was born in Milan in 1983, where she lives and works.
He mainly deals with reportage and portraits, loves to mix storytelling and image. He has collaborated and is collaborating with some of the most important NGOs and with organizations such as AMREF, Médecins Sans Frontières, Albero Della Vita, Emergenza Sorrisi and the Italian Red Cross. His projects have been the subject of exhibitions in Milan, Rome and Naples.
He has published in major national media (Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, la Repubblica, Il Messaggero, Il Manifesto) and has participated in radio and television broadcasts (RAI, Radio 24, Radio Capital and Rai Radio2). He is a lecturer at the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan and has given lectures and workshops at IED (European Institute of Design) and Naba (New Academy of Fine Arts), where Double Light, his first major personal project, after being exhibited gave rise to a cycle of lectures. In April 2018, he won on the occasion of the Milan Photofestival AIF Nuova Fotografia Award.

NORWEGIAN SEAFOOD COUNCIL is collaborating with the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture sector to develop markets for Norwegian fish.
For info Seafood from Norway.

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 – 20.00
last admission one hour before closing

Free access

The use of the mask is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. Disinfection gel is available

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