ArteVisione 2017 • Martina Melilli

Memory and identity - continues to grow: to the institutional partnership with the Museo del Novecento is added the collaboration with MADRE - Museo d'arte contemporanea Donnaregina Naples, Mart - Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea Trento and Rovereto, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo di Rome, Museo d'arte contemporanea Villa Croce di Genoa, with the aim of promoting the prize, promoting the winner and the 10 finalists’s work.

The role of ArteVisione LAB is consolidated like a space in which study the poetics and review the projects of the ten finalists, supported by professionals and by the internationally renowned artist Omer Fast in the role of visiting professor. At the first production prize of € 12.000 and 4 months of residence at Careof in Milan, two development grants are added for the second and third place, consisting in a workshop at the SAE Institute or a 3 month of residence at Careof.

The finalists Sandro Bozzolo, Daniele Costa, Lucia Cristiani, Alessandro Di Pietro, Mati Jhurry, Martina Melilli, Giacomo Raffaelli, Jacopo Rinaldi, Caterina Viganò, Zamenhof (Francesco Sileo e Giulia Trincardi) participated at ArteVisione LAB, a workshop with experts in the audiovisual and film industry held in Milan from 16 to 24 January 2017. The finalists had the chance to meet an outstanding visiting professor: the internationally renowned artist Omer Fast (Jerusalem, 1972). The aim of the workshop was to deepen, discuss and evaluate the projects presented and select the winner.

Visiting Professor: Omer Fast

Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972 and grew up between Israel and New York. He received a BFA from Tufts University and from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1995, and also an MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2000. His work is included in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Metropolitan Musuem of American Art in New York; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate Modern in London and Center Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Selection committee

Chiara Agnello - Careof Artistic Director
Denis Isaia - Curator Mart - Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto
Roberta Lissidini - Sky CSR
Paolo Moretti - Director of the International Film Festival of La Roche-sur-Yon et du Cinéma Le Concorde, Member of the FIDMarseille Selection Committee and Program Member Visions du Réel
Roberto Pisoni- Sky Art HD Director
Iolanda Ratti- Conservator at Museo del Novecento, Milan

ArteVisioneLAB workshop

The workshop, organized from January 16 to 24, 2017, was divided into the following modules:

  • Introduction and presentation of the project and the 10 finalists
  • Deepening of the theme of the announcement, analysis of the working method and the poetics of the visiting professor Omer Fast and open discussion on the projects presented by the finalists
  • Introduction to the role of cinematographer - Edoardo Bolli
  • Sound techniques - Mirco Mencacci
  • The editing and television formats - Maurizio Grillo
  • Production, budget management and distribution - Davide Ferazza
  • Legal and contractual aspects of the production and sale of works of art with Alessandra Donati
  • Preservation of video works with Iolanda Ratti
  • Presentation of the 10 projects to the jury

The winner

After examining the 10 proposals of the finalists, the jury unanimously decided to reward the project Mum, I'm sorry by the venetian artist and filmmaker Martina Melilli "for the intensity and urgency in tackling the controversial issue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Through a research process and a close and disenchanted sight, able to penetrate the texture of objects belonging to bodies without names, Mum, I'm sorry represents an attempt to restore an identity and redefine geographical and cultural distances. “

The jury also pointed out the originality of the Confabulazione projects of Caterina Viganò (Milan, 1988) and Pauline di Giacomo Raffaelli (Rovereto, 1988) able both, although on different levels and with different languages, to investigate the complexity of the human mind, reflecting on the fascinating obsession with the preservation of experience.

Mum, I'm sorry at Museo del Novecento, Milan

14.10.2017 19:00 pm
Sala Fontana of Museo del Novecento - Milan
Presentation of the project and conversation between the artist Martina Melilli and the anthropologist Giulia Grechi

10/16/2017 7:45 pm
first viewing on Sky Arte HD

The work was presented for the first time to the public for the Giornata del Contemporaneo on October 14, 2017 in Sala Fontana of Museo del Novecento. The presentation, curated by Chiara Agnello and Iolanda Ratti, was accompanied by a conversation between the artist and the anthropologist Giulia Grechi.

Museo del Novecento with Sky and Careof as an institutional partner of ArteVisione, presents a preview of the winning work of 2017 edition and acquiring it in its collection.

At the 2017 call - focused on the theme Memory and Identity - Martina Melilli responds with a work of great sensitivity on the migration phenomenon. Born from the dialogue with migrants who survived the long journey, Mum I'm sorry has a close vision about details of stories and affections that belonged to lifeless bodies. They are objects chosen as essential, as "home" on a journey without return, are photos and pieces of paper with numbers noted that talk about a lived and want to suggest hopes for new perspectives.
Full of respect and dignity towards life and the human being, Martina Melilli's work moves away from a numerical dimension to bring the narration on an individual and intimate level where simple "judicial trials" go to create an archive of memories.

Mum, I'm sorry

pro res HD 1920 x 1080 punti
stereo, 48kHz
18'
2017

a film by
Martina Melilli

from an idea of
Martina Melilli e Lidia Savioli

production
Marta Bianchi (Careof)

photography
Stefania Bona

added operators
Valeria Cozzarini, Atej Tutta

mounting
Irene Dionisio

direct connection and sound design
Matteo Valeri

color correction and titles
Emanuele Segre

with the participation of
Cent, Mohammad Kharimi, Souleiman Fofanah, Francis Shemisi, Abdallah Daoud, Ahmed, Ba Cheikh, Fode Ndong – Associazione Culturale Acuarinto

D.ssa Cristina Cattaneo, Davide Porta – Labanof
Tarecke Brahne - Comitato 3 Ottobre
Valerio Cataldi - Associazione Museo Migrante
Claudio Meazza – Comune di Milano
Donato Notonica - Associazione Culturale Acuarinto

The objects were kindly granted by Comitato 3 Ottobre e Associazione Museo Migrante

Thank to
Matteo Anderloni , Silvio Anderloni - Italia Nostra
Micola Brambilla
Stefano Urkuma De Santis
Coteh Lamine
Costanza Meli - Associazione Isole / Archivio Memorie Migranti
Paolo Pagani - Farsi Prossimo

Mum, I’m sorry a production of
Sky Italia
Careof

look to the teaser

_Mum, I'm sorry_ - Circulation

21.12.2017
Cineporto di Lecce
Screening of the film within the review Cinema del Terzo Luogo
28.03.2018 > 10.06.2018
PAC Project Room - Contemporary Art Pavilion, Milan

On the occasion of the solo exhibition of Teresa Margolles YA BASTA HIJOS DE PUTA, curated by Diego Sileo, PAC hosts in the Project room a focus - curated by Chiara Agnello - about the video work Mum, I’m sorry (2017) by Martina Melilli, invited by the institution for thematic affinities and references with the work of Margolles. On April 5 and 19, the contents of Mum, I'm sorry were analized in two workshops open to the public, focusing on the value of objects and their narrative power.

27.04.2018
Calandra Italian American Institute, New York
Presentation of the film within the talk Colonial Heritage, Aspirations, and Embodied Representations in Martina Melilli's Mum, I'm sorry held by Giulia Grechi, invited as keynote speaker at the conference Corporeal Restrictions, Embodied Freedom.

15.05.2018
Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli
Screening and talk presentation of Martina Melilli’s path, addressed to the students of Cultural Anthropology (prof. Giulia Grechi).

17.05.2018
Bari, Spazio 13
Screening of the film within the festival Orizzonti followed by a dialogue with Gabriele Proglio (historian of migrations) and Angelo Romano (anthropologist) on the Right to Desire.

17.06.2018
FAV Festival Internazionale del cinema corto, Santorso (VI)

20-28.07.2018
Lago Film Festival Inside Focus dedicato alla giuria Veneto