DISPLACED - STORIES IN MOTION
18 May – 6 Oct 2019
From the "Exiles" series by Xenia Hausner, curated by Peter Assmann and Mari Hirose, at the National Archaeological Museum of Mantua, Italy
Friday, 17th May, 5 p.m.
The history of mankind is a history of migration. With DISPLACED - STORIES IN MOTION art meets archaeology, by offering two different points of view observing this precarious human condition.
On the one hand, there are Xenia Hausner's paintings, snapshots of farewells framing faces and outstretched arms of women and men looking out the windows of a leaving train. The vivid but cold colours add troubled anguish to the scene: our collective memory evokes wellknown images of the European twentieth century exodus and, by association, the contemporary dramas of the arriving refugees.
On the other hand, archaeology tells the story of the Mantua territory, which for thousands of years has been the crossroads of different cultures, of men and women on the move: merchants travelling across Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, the Celts and the Longobards, looking for a new land and a new start.
It is a path full of suggestions, which builds a bridge between ancient and contemporary emotions, by presenting the archaeological objects not only as historical documents, but also as real symbols of human lives.