Franco Summa, Amare Progettare Essere. Foto © Giovanni Tavano, Courtesy MAXXI L'Aquila
Wednesday 17 May 2023

MAXXI for the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

lobby, Carlo Scarpa foyer and MAXXI auditorium

Photographs, installations, performances, films: a day of freedom, sharing, inclusion and equality in the name of the arts.

Starting in the morning, at the opening of the Museum, and until the evening, we celebrate 17 May through the power of creativity. Discover the programme:

from 11 am

We start with the exhibition of Amare Progettare Essere by the Abruzzese master Franco Summa, on show until 22 May in the Museum lobby. Essere (being) can be realised through Amare (love) as a projection of oneself towards the other, and Progettare (projecting), which derives from the Latin ‘to project forward’ or ‘in favour of’.

On the occasion of the International Day, six photographs from the I travestiti (the transvestites) series by Lisetta Carmi are also on display in the Carlo Scarpa foyer. The images testify to Carmi’s long work dedicated to the transvestite community in Genoa between 1965 and 1971, highlighting the photographer’s particular way of understanding photography: a tool for pursuing and revealing the truth. The photographs will remain on display until 18 June.

from 3 pm

In 1975, for the performance Sentirsi un arcobaleno addosso (Feeling a rainbow on you), Franco Summa donated 24 t-shirts, specially woven with as many bands of colours, to 24 author-actors who, in Summa’s own words: “Paint the city by living it in the awareness of the social and cultural responsibility of being protagonists of its definition”. Re-proposing this performance at the Museum on 17 May is an invitation to establish a conscious relationship with oneself, with others and with ‘the environment of life’.

from 6:30 pm

The day ends with a double screening in the Museum auditorium, with free admission subject to availability.

6:30 pm Let’s Kiss – Franco Grillini. Storia di una rivoluzione gentile by Filippo Vendemmiati (Italy, 2021, 85′): through a live account by the protagonist, the biopic, with a light tone and unpublished documentary material, reconstructs over thirty years of political history and bears witness to a challenging and gentle struggle in the name of dignitỳ and equality.

9 pm Stranizza d’amuri by Giuseppe Fiorello (Italy, 2023, 130′): Sicily 1982, Gianni and Nino meet by chance and then love each other by choice. Their love is pure and sincere, but they cannot escape the prejudice of the country that does not understand or accept it. The film is dedicated to Giorgio and Antonio, victims of the Giarre crime in 1980 in the province of Catania.

With the support of UNAR – Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali. In collaboration with Fondazione Franco Summa, Fondazione Cinema per Roma.