Carlo Scarpa Hall – free entry until full capacity
More than a city, Palermo is a node in an expanded geography of flows – of people, capital, goods, data and species. Although historically Arab-Norman, the Sicilian capital has been reshaped by recent migrations and now counts Tamil, Somali and Nigerian identities as part of a complex anatomy. At the same time, Palermo’s controversial modern history has left indelible traces – physical, emotional and political – and a unique legacy of civic experimentation.
This study, commissioned by Manifesta 12, undertaken by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and published by Humboldt Books, represents an alternative model for pre-biennial exploration, and is based on an omnivorous collection of stories gathered on the ground, telling of people, places, events and possibilities.
Hou Hanru MAXXI Artistic Director
Hedwig Fijen Manifesta Director
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli Partner OMA & Creative Mediator Manifesta 12
Giovanna Silva Humboldt Books
Pippo Ciorra MAXXI Architettura Senior Curator