InformationCurated by Anna Chiara Cimoli and Francesco ManninoDesigned by Garap2018
The museum is everyone’sDuring the election campaign of 2018, we have seen several Italian museums become the subject of racist and xenophobic attacks. We questioned ourselves. What to do? What is the space of the reaction, of the concrete response, of the contrast in regard to certain postures that we see stiffen around us, which we can’t, don’t want to resign ourselves to?Museums are knots of a complex network. They are subjects and objects. They cannot be neutral, because no speech is ever. But they can educate, make people reflect, take action, affect the territory, work with young and older people. They can invent, propose and then listen, in a spiral that defends from easy thinking, from the automatism of hasty judgment, from prejudice.Here, then, is our proposal. Every museum that has the opportunity to do projects and take action to promote cultural diversity and to reiterate that the museum, as Christian Greek said, "belongs to everyone".The actions can be of any kind, small or large. We will map all of them and collect them on the blog Museums and Migration, which has been gathering museum practices dedicated to reflection on migrations for some time, and about the "other" in general.What actions can be taken? For example, an Italian language workshop at the museum, visits led by the director dedicated to migrants, curatorial reflections on collections objects, projects aimed at mediation for different audiences, revisions of the texts and labels through the lens of inclusion, new layouts highlighting the "migrant objects", actions led by the museum in its community (in schools, shops, cultural centers, public spaces, parks, prisons...), guided tours that give voice to people in the museum usually do not take the floor, and more generally the whole editorial and scientific work.It is a call to action that wants to contribute to weave a capillary, solid fabric that does not yield to the first tear, which acts as a barrier against racism and prejudice, which repeats again and again that museums are for all citizens and want to talk to everybody, without differences. There is a culture to build, and the moment is now.