ÜberMauer, BAM Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo is Taking over Palermo

Words by My Art Guides Editorial Team
November 5, 2019

The second edition of the BAM-Mediterranean Archipelago Biennial, titled “Übermauer” opens on November 6th until December 8th 2019.

BAM is an international festival of theater, music and visual arts dedicated to the peoples and cultures of the countries bordering the sea, focused on the themes of reception and dialogue. The 2019 edition takes place in the year in which three anniversaries of strong political and symbolic significance occur: the thirty years of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tienanmen Square uprising and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall motions. Organized by Fondazione Merz, European Alternatives and BAM – Palermo, the exhibition is taking over the entire city.

In the words of Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo:

“Palermo opens its arms to the Mediterranean. This biennale bases itself on the notion that the Mediterranean is not a sea that divides but an Archipelago or a Continent of Water that unites and must increasingly unite the peoples that inhabit it. Art has shown us so many times that it runs ahead of politics, that it expresses freedom and promotes peaceful coexistence among human beings, because it constantly tries to grasp its nature, all different because human beings are all different and all equal because human beings are so too.
“I am a person, we are a community” is the vision of Palermo, as an alternative to a selfish individualism and a suffocating belonging to closed groups. “I am a person” because everyone must see their rights and their individuality recognised, but this can only happen in a community perspective in which no one is left behind. All different and all the same in a “common home”.”

The full programme features events and activities in a wide range of fields: Visual Arts, Theatre and Performance, Educational, Open Studio, Literature and Music.

Highlights of the visual arts programme include:

Michal Rovner by Fondazione Merz
Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo – Via dello Spasimo 10
6 – 10.11.2019 | h. 12 pm – 9 pm
12.11 – 8.12.2019 | Tuesday-Sunday h. 5 – 9 pm

Shirin Neshat by Fondazione Merz
Sala sopra le mura allo Spasimo – Via dello Spasimo 10
6 – 10.11.2019 | h. 12 pm – 9 pm
12.11 – 8.12.2019 | Tuesday-Sunday h. 5 – 9 pm

Damián Ortega TALKING WALL by Fondazione Merz
Piazza Magione
6.11 – 8.12.2019

Zena el Khalil ASTARTE’S COSMIC SYMPHONY by Fondazione Merz
Convento della Magione – Piazza Magione
6 – 10.11.2019 | h. 12 – 9 pm
12.11 – 8.12.2019 | Tuesday-Sunday | h. 10 am – 5 pm

Teatro Bellini – Piazza Bellini
6 – 10.11.2019 | h. 12 – 9 pm
12.11 – 8.12.2019 | Monday, Tuesday, Saturday | h. 10 am – 1pm / 3 – 6 pm /Wednesday, Friday | h. 5 – 9pm; Sunday | h. 10 am – 1 pm

Patrizio Di Massimo by Fondazione Merz
Ex-Ospedale Complesso dello Spasimo via dello Spasimo 10
6 – 10.11.2019 | h. 12 pm – 9 pm
12.11 – 8.12.2019 | Tuesday-Sunday h. 5 – 9 pm

Walled Unwalled, multimedia installation by Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Oratorio dei Bianchi, Piazzetta dei Bianchi
23.11 – 23.12.2019 | Tuesday-Friday h. 9 am -6 pm
Saturday-Sunday h. 9 am – 1 pm

Check out the full programme here.

BAM Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo 2019 – 2nd edition
ÜberMauer, Palermo
November 6 – December 8, 2019

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