Photo exhibition “Near/Far. Journey to discover the Cultural and Natural Heritage of immigration"
The photo exhibition “Near/Far. Journey to discover the Cultural and Natural Heritage of immigration in Italy”, has been designed and organized by the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, together with PalaExpo and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the National Council of Research to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and of the 20th anniversary of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The exhibition will display 300 photos, intended as a tribute to cultural diversity of migrants, fostering mutual understanding. How do people with a migrant background live and what kind of relationship do they establish with their cultural and natural heritage? What memories, what emotions, what moments of life link them to their countries of origin? The exhibition explores these aspects through images related to places of particular interest or taken during cultural practices and explores different topics: human settlements and movement of peoples; spirituality; festivities, celebrations, crafts, food and artistic expressions; natural environment, and biodiversity. The activity is part of a wider project, called “Arts and performance twenty years after the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage”, based on the collaboration between the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna, the Ministry of Culture, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the National Council of Research and the Municipality of Bologna.
The project consists of a series of initiatives to reflect on the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, twenty years after its adoption.
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