Inventory. The Fountains of Za’atari

11 July - 24 November 2018
a project by Margherita Moscardini, exhibition curated by Marcello Smarrelli

Inventory. The Fountains of Za’atari is a project by artist Margherita Moscardini, promoted by the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. It is the winner of the first edition of the Italian Council 2017 competition devised by the Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, in order to promote contemporary Italian art around the world.

The project is the result of artist’s research carried out at Camp Za’atari in Jordan, the second largest refugee camp in the world, opened in Jordan in 2012 to welcome Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war. Margherita Moscardini starts with the observation of the water system within the camp, producing an inventory of the fountains built by the residents inside their homes, imagining their international diffusion, in the long term, as sculptures through a virtuous system of acquisitions. The results will be an artist’s book and a sculpture, destined to the collection at Madre – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina di Napoli.

On June 15th 2018, during the opening of Manifesta12, the project was officially launched by a talk at GAM Palermo. On July 11st 2018 opened the exhibition at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, curated by Marcello Smarrelli.

On September 27th 2018 will be held a special conversation between the artist and  Kilian Kleinschmidt at Sala Graziella Lonardi Buontempo , MAXXI.

[Talk Programme at GAM Palermo]

[Exhibition Press Release at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere]

[Talk Press Release at MAXXI Museum]



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Zaatari, Jordan. Original footage: BBC Television.