Institute of Law, Politics and Development

Art and Politics Program

In recent times, the politicization and securitization of cultural heritage has sadly come to the forefront of the news. Historical artefacts, monuments museums and archaeological sites have been violently attacked and destroyed. Against this background, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, described these tragic events as "cultural cleansing" and urged the UN Security Council to include the protection of cultural sites in the lists of UN peacekeeping forces' tasks. Having a significant tradition of cultural heritage protection and promotion, Italy has proposed to create "Cultural Blue Helmets" to defend world cultural heritage from various threats, primarily from terrorist attacks. On June 2016, the European Commission presented a new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations.

Politics and art are more and more tightened. The Program Art and Politics aims at exploring the nexus between art and politics across time (What are the means through which art intervenes in the political arena? And how do politics shape art?). Art is a site of contested representations and visions, embedded in power formations resulting from specific historical moments and geographical locations. The aim of the project is to de-construct that nexus from the perspective of political philosophy and history, IR, security studies, peace and conflict studies. The project promotes various initiatives embracing art and politics.

Research interests:

The aesthetic turns in political theory; art as a protest; creative expressions as a form of resistance; contestation and emancipation; cultural artefacts in non-liberal contexts; art and security studies (from the criminal trafficking of art pieces to the targeting of cultural heritage in times of conflict); global imaginary, arts and philosophy of technology, theory and history of artistic vanguards; places as social, political and cultural artefacts.


Events

  • A Conference and exhibition on Arte, propaganda, tecnica e guerra have been organized in the occasion of the Commemoration for World War I Centenary (September 2015) with the support of the Italian Council Presidency:
  • Filosofie della tecnica e narrazioni della guerra, Barbara Henry (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  • Pacifismo, neutralismo e interventismo in immagini (Italia, 1914-15), Gian Luca Fruci (Università di Padova)
  • Modernismo e futurismo: rovesciamenti postcoloniali, Francescomaria Tedesco (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  • Céline, la guerra e la tecnica, Fulvio Abbate (Scrittore)
  • La grande guerra dei pittori, Monica Cioli (Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma)
  • La guerra al cinematografo, Alessandro Faccioli (Università di Padova)
  • A photography exhibition has taken place at Palazzo Vernagalli in the occasion of its opening (February 1, 2016). Students have been asked to capture the complexity of the political process through photography, opening a debate on the relationship between photography and political advocacy or opposition.
  • During the same event, Palazzo Vernagalli hosted a theatre performance dedicated to the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaja.
  • Corso Arte e Politica: mercoledì 11 gennaio 2017 visita della mostra di Ai Weiwei a Firenze

Seminars

  • 14 settembre 2017, 9.30-11.30, Schegge di futuro. Il Futurismo italiano fra rivoluzione e conservazione, Mario Coglitore, (Università Cà Foscari di Venezia), Aula 1, Palazzo Vernagalli.
  • 16 febbraio 2017, 14.00-16.00, In Search of an Arab Renaissance: Artists, Patrons and Power in Egypt and the Emirates (2001-2013), Catherine Cornet (Ricercatrice EUI e giornalista Internazionale), Aula 8.
  • 27 marzo 2017, 16-18.00, Diplomazia culturale, modelli a confronto, Alessandro Lamonica (dottorando PEI e ricercatore EUNIC), Aula 7.
  • 28 marzo 2017, 11.00-13.00, ‘Visuality’ come strumento di ricerca, Alice Massari (dottoranda PEI), Aula 8.
  • 11 aprile 2017, 13.30-16.30, Scimmia della natura e della realtà sociale: l’arte figurativa dentro e oltre lo specchio, Francesco Strazzari, (Scuola Sant’Anna), Aula 3
  • 23 giugno ore 11.00-13.00, Chiara Certomà (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Biopolitica e ‘governmentality’ nella pianificazione dei giardini pubblici.
  • 26 maggio ore 16.30-18.30, Serena Giusti (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna) e Alessandra Russo (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), La securitizzazione dell’arte.
  • 12 aprile, ore 17-19.00, Alessandro Rossi, (documentarista, DAMS Bologna), Cinema Guerra e Politica.
  • 4 aprile 2016, ore 11-13, Francesco Strazzari (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Problemi di prospettiva.
  • 11 gennaio 2016, ore 11-13, Emanuela Minuto (Università di Pisa) con la collaborazione di Michele Pajero (Allievo ordinario Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Laboratorio sulla guerra di Spagna.
  • 14 dicembre 2015, ore 11-13, Monica Cioli (Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma), La grande guerra nelle avanguardie europee
  • 3 dicembre 2015, ore 14-16, Alessandro Faccioli (Università di Padova), Eroi di celluloide
  • 23 novembre 2015, ore 11-13, Francescomaria Tedesco (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Futurismo e rovesciamenti postcoloniali.
  • 17 novembre 2015, ore 17-19, Barbara Henry (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Arte, filosofia, tecnica e guerra (II).
  • 16 novembre 2015, ore 11-13, Barbara Henry (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Arte, filosofia, tecnica e guerra (I).

Cineforum (in cooperation with the Ph.D. students – Programme in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability) Humanities on screen

  • 13/04/2016 h. 19, room 3 Krugovi (Circles), Srdan Golubović, 2013 (Serbia)
  • 27/04/2016 h. 19, room 6 Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven, 2015, (Turkey/France)
  • 11/05/2016 h. 19, room 6 Mandariinid (Tangerines), Zaza Urushadze, 2013, (Georgia, Estonia)
  • 25/05/2016 h. 19, room 6 Cielito Rebelde, Antonio Gori, 2015 (Mexico, Italy)
  • 08/06/2016 h. 19, room 3 Concerning Violence, Goran Olsson, 2014 (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, USA)
  • 22/06/2016 h. 19, room 6 Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City), Asghar Farhadi, 2004 (Iran)

Publications