NOVO is pleased to announce the participation of artist Nidhal Chamekh with his exhibition “come sa di sale lo pane altrui” at the seventh edition of Black History Month Florence presented by Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director of Black History Month Florence at MAD the Murate Art District.
For this edition, the organization brings with it a new cultural center The Recovery Plan at SRISA functioning as a hub for information, dialogues, research and exchange throughout the month. This edition also represents an expansion of the program shifting into Black History Fuori le Mura. In order to bring together associations, individuals and institutions, generating a shared space for co-promotion of Black History Month events.
The exhibition opened on February 10 with the presentation of the projects by Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director of Black History Month Florence, the artist Nidhal Chamekh and the researcher Jessica Sartiani.
Fuga, the theme of this edition, is a meditation on the fugacity of the concept of Blackness (Moten, Harney 2013) and on the instability that permeates geo-cultural realities blurring the boundaries between local and transnational. It is also a reflection on the current situation and on the distrust that persists in the Italian context with regard to the peoples and cultures of African origin, which drives many to flight.
Nidhal Chamekh’s “Come sa di sale lo pane altrui” brings together two series of works that question the notion of the archive as a witness. Chamekh’s childhood in the popular neighbourhoods of Tunis and the persecution of his militant family, deeply affect his art located at the intersection of biography and politics, while drawing memories transformed into testimonies.
Nidhal Chamkeh's solo exhibtion curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto is also on view within the gallery spaces of NOVO Florence until March 12, 2022.