Freedom of Movement is a revisiting of the 1960 Olympic marathon in Rome, when the first black African runner won the gold medal. The artwork consists of three simultaneous projections. On the first screen, an African runner inscribes once again episodes and architectural scenarios of the historical marathon into the streets of Rome. On the second, a choir of African refugee teenagers moves across the spaces of the Colosseo Quadrato at EUR and step on its roof to perform a song about their own identity and that of the country now hosting them. On the third screen, sequences of a contemporary night run are superimposed with footage of the 1960’s marathon and intertwined with archive material of the construction of the EUR and Foro Italico.
11 March – 17 April 2017
Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani. Freedom of Movement
curated by Pippo Ciorra and Elena Motisi
MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
via Guido Reni, 4/a Rome