Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: The courage of words

July 4th, 2018


The courage of words” stems from the request of the client to develop an exhibition layout related to Giorgio Ambrosoli, an Italian civil hero killed by the Mafia in the late 1970s. The method of narration adopted is to present the lawyer Ambrosoli through his own words, through the letter he wrote to his wife a short time before dying.

The exhibition itinerary is divided into two large spaces: the courtyard with the visitor reception areas (ticket point, cloakroom and bookshop) and the internal space, the real heart of the project. The exhibition space is characterized by two suspended opalescent walls that divide the space into three bands and two opaque walls that mark the the beginning and end of the exhibition.

In the entrance area the visitor is introduced to the life of Giorgio Ambrosoli thanks to a brief chronology of the fundamental events of his life and the places of Milan he used to frequent. For the narration of this theme the exhibition shows off the objects used by the lawyer: the typewriter represents his office, the wedding photos, the church of San Babila where he married…
The three areas in which the exhibition is organized represent: private life, public life and Ambrosoli’s letter addressed to his wife. The latter is inserted in a central position, between the two opalescent walls, as it represents the guideline of the entire exhibition.

In the space dedicated to the lawyer’s public life, the exhibition presents his work against the mafia and reproduces the tense situation in which Ambrosoli and his family live; in the space dedicated to private life, the exhibition shows Ambrosoli’s family, his friends and the values which Ambrosoli believed in.
The last section of the exhibition is dedicated to the narration of the mafia from the seventies to the present day: the interactive ledwall allows visitors to know other victims of mafia and which are the most important organized crime groups in Italy.

A project by Camilla Maria de Capitani

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