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Imagery as Activism: Blacks in Italy and the Art of Taking Space - 3D virtual exhibition by Temple University Rome

Imagery as Activism: Blacks in Italy and the Art of Taking Space

Tue, 02/09/2021 to Tue, 03/09/2021

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Countless distant and recent injustices and atrocities against the Black psyche and form that have been documented, filmed and disseminated to the world have given rise to the largest civil rights movement in history. As multicultural groups continue to gather globally and take to the streets in support of “Black Lives Matter", Italy, too, must reconcile with its complicated history with race. Art holds a powerful and unique role in highlighting and changing antiquated and erroneous images and narratives that are often attributed and assigned to Black people in Italian art, literature, and society. What role does the art children see in books have in the awakening, evolution, and progress of racial dynamics and justice in today’s Italian society?

What happens when children see themselves, and others, depicted accurately and beautifully in illustrations?

High art oil paintings by Elena Tommasi Ferroni prove that what we've all heard could quite possibly be true: a picture is worth more than a thousand words. It is high time for the stories that are told, both verbally and visually, to reflect all of the beauty, brilliance and bounty that the Black experience and form truly is.

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