Preserving Delay. An exhibition by the AA Museum Lab at Manifesta 12

Among the four laboratories involved in the biennial’s Research Studios, the one directed by Giulia Foscari analyses the cultural scenario of Palermo.

AA Museum Lab, "Preserving Delay", veduta dell'installazione, Convento di Sant’Antonino, Manifesta 12 Palermo, 2018

Manifesta 12 Research Studios is a platform that invites four European architecture universities to carry out investigations and actions on the urban territory of Palermo. One of the involved laboratories is the AA Museum Lab, a course run by Italian architect and curator Giulia Foscari at the Architectural Association in London. The “Preserving Delay” exhibition analyses the complex cultural scenario of Palermo, developing strategies to recognise and preserve the identity and intensity that characterise the Sicilian capital. Isolation, slowness and delay are seen as qualities to be preserved, to try to avoid the mistakes in which many “advanced” cities have incurred.

Among the presented projects: a research on the relationship between street art and gentrification, a reflection on the abusive landscape of Pizzo Sella, a “Sicilianity” Atlas based on the writings by the local writer Leonardo Sciascia, an analysis on the urban potential of votive shrines, a diffuse archive for Letizia Battaglia... Interacting with the local community, each student made an ephemeral intervention around Palermo. Every research is also shown as a publication at the Convento of Sant’Antonino, within an installation that reconstructs the project conceived by the student Mingyi Lim for Pizzo Sella. The scenography in which the research is presented is in dialogue with the general theme of Manifesta 12: the Planetary Garden.

Img.9 AA Museum Lab, "Preserving Delay", installation view, Convento of  Sant’Antonino, Manifesta 12 Palermo, 2018
AA Museum Lab, “Preserving Delay”, installation view, Convento of Sant’Antonino, Manifesta 12 Palermo, 2018
Preserving Delay
AA Museum Lab with UNA
Unit master:
Giulia Foscari W. R.
Unit tutor:
Giacomo Ardesio, Harikleia Karamali
Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia, Andrew Kwok, David Lin I-Chun, Jane Wong, Linxin Li, Mingyi Lim, Sadia Rahman, Vidhi Goel, William Himpe, Zhan Su
Opening dates:
until 4 November 2018
Convento of Sant’Antonino
corso Tukory 2e, Palermo

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