28.04.2017 — 20.08.2017

The Restless Earth

Curator Massimiliano Gioni


Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, La Triennale di Milano, Italy

The Restless Earth borrows its title from a collection of poems by Édouard Glissant, a Caribbean writer who probed the question of how different cultures can coexist. The exhibition shares in Glissant’s project. Through the works of more than sixty artists from more than forty countries—such as Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Turkey—and with historical documents and objects of material culture, this exhibition charts both experiences and perceptions of migration and the current refugee crisis as an epoch-making transformation that is reframing contemporary history, geography, and culture.

The Restless Earth focuses in particular on how artists bear witness to historic events, and how art can describe social and political change in the first person. The works on view point to a renewed faith that art and artists have a responsibility to portray and transform the world, creating not just images of conflict, but images that provide a space for critical thinking and exchange. Together, these stories—poised between historical epic and real-time diary—yield a vision of art as lyrical journalism, emotional documentary, and vivid, vital testimony.

Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, La Triennale di Milano

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Zarina, Home is a Foreign Place, 1997
Edition of 25

36 woodcuts with Urdu text printed in black on handmade Indian paper, mounted on Somerset paper
105 × 87 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Group exhibition "La Terra Inquieta / The Restless Earth", 2017
Fondation Nicola Trussardi, Milan and Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Milan
Photograph by Roberto Marassi