Exhibition, ‘Beyond Borders: Transnational Italy’

The exhibition Beyond Borders: Transnational Italy is one of the principal research outputs of the project. It displays the processes and the results of the research in which TML has been engaged over the last three years. It demonstrates how what we refer to as Italian language and Italian culture exceed geographical/territorial confines and operate through a constant process of rewriting and reworking of familiar ideas of tradition, nation and narration.

The exhibition appears to the eyes of the visitor as a domestic environment, divided into rooms that correspond to our shared sense of living spaces. The “house” in which visitors to the exhibition are invited to enter is intended, metaphorically, as the space that culture and language offer us to “inhabit” our lives and our relations with other people. Beyond Borders also presents Italy is Out a photographic project by Mario Badagliacca, who has worked as artist in residence for the project, travelling to London, New York and Buenos Aires.

The exhibition was first shown at the British School at Rome (Oct-Nov 2016) and then at the Italian Cultural Institute London (Dec 2016 – Jan 2017). It will shortly be on display at the Calandra Institute in New York, at the Museo Italiano in Melbourne and at the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa.

The exhibition trailer, filmed by Isabella Gaffé, shows the opening of the exhibition at the BSR.

The exhibition is curated by Viviana Gravano and Giulia Grechi of Routes Agency – Cura of Contemporary Arts.

The set-up of the rooms was designed by architects Carmelo Baglivo and Laura Negrini (BAN – Baglivo Negrini Architects), Giulio Pernice was responsible for interactive systems and software development, Simone Memé for post-production and video editing, Carolina Farina for graphic design and communication.


There are shorter trailers in English, French and Italian