Palermo as a person. Exhibition of Marija Biljan

Monday 5 December 2016

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If you had to imagine Palermo as a person, who would you see?

“Palermo as a person” is an exhibition of illustrated stories of Palermo. In the period of seven months, permanent and temporary residents were asked to imagine what Palermo would be like, if it was a person: would it have a gender, how would s/he look like, what would her/his personality be like…?

After conducting interviews, the collected stories of personified city were illustrated by artists from Italy and abroad. Palermo is one of the 15 cities, which were so far chosen for this creative experiment. However, it is the first city that hosts the exhibition.

Exhibition is curated by Marija Biljan from Croatia, who started the project in February 2015, while she was living in Valencia, Spain. Since then, she has been interviewing people in various places. The conversations were translated and elaborated, sometimes made into poems or short stories. Later, each personification of the city was illustrated by artists from seven countries.

This exhibition is only one part of this international project combining anthropology and art by using illustrated stories to explore the relationship between inhabitants and their city. During these two weeks, visitors will be able to see and read thirteen different perspectives of Palermo and also get an insight into other personified (European) cities. The space will also offer an opportunity for visitors to create their own imagined personality of their city.

The opening will be held on 7th December at 19:00h at Porco Rosso, Piazza Casa Professa,1.

City As a Person in Palermo is carried out with a support of Arci Porco Rosso and CESIE, where Marija is doing her European Voluntary Service.

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