Solo nel Deserto

Collective exhibition of the students of the Academy
of Fine Arts of Florence by Stefano Giuri and Robert Pettena.

18 june 2021 – 10 july 2021

The traveling exhibition involves several exhibition:
Manifattura Tabacchi – via delle Cascine 35, Firenze
Circolo Mario Bencini – via Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante 58, Firenze
DLF Dopo Lavoro Ferroviario – via Giovanni Paisiello 131, Firenze
Autocarrozzeria Osmannoro – via Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante 95, Firenze

It’s possible to visit the exhibition during the opening hours of the various exhibition venues.

The guided tour of the exhibition will take place on Friday 18 June, at 5.00 pm. The itinerary will start from Manifattura Tabacchi (main entrance from Via delle Cascine 35) involving the exhibition venues of the surrounding district, to end in the internal spaces of Manifattura and Toast Project Space.

Free entry

The access to the exhibition is limited in compliance with the measures taken by the Italian government in order to contain and control the the epidemiological emergency COVID-19.

Solo nel Deserto, the students collective of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence born during the Workshop curated by Stefano Giuri and Robert Pettena, aims to observe the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi and its neighborhood, to consider them as democratic spaces that create habits, visions and wairs.
The photographs, the sound interventions and the installations create a narrative mapping of places and people who trace their cultural memory value precisely through the passage of documentation.

The project was possible thanks to the support of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and the collaboration of Nam – Not A Museum, Toast Project Space, and PIA-Palazzina Indiano Arte.

The works of Gaia Casarano, Cosimo Ermini, Zhe Huang, Xin He, Zhenlong Jiang, Dinara Kamzina, Cui Li, Yuchen Li, Jiayang Li, Federico Niccolai, Federica Ricci, Chiara Salvini, Pan Shilu, Xiaoyuan Tang, Davide Vaccaro, Lu Zheng, Cao Zhihao, Huang Junsheng, Yuantong Ma, Wang Qing, Marco Baldini are exhibited.

Alongisde Solo nel Deserto, the Archivi e topografie immaginarie exhibition takes place, a photographic and narrative mapping of the embankment and the Cascine, curated by Robert Pettena.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on Friday 18 June, at 18:00, at PIA-Palazzina Indiano Arte (Piazzale dell’Indiano 1, 50144 – Florence) and will be open until 31 December 2021.

The works of Mengxue Cao, Zechuan Chen, Ay Awo Endo, Zi Hui Gao, Xin He, Yi Liu, Yixiao Lu, Claudia Mazziotti, Elena Pellegrini, Davide Vaccaro, Shiyu Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Zhang, Xin Zhou, Ying Zhu are exhibited.

The exhibitions “Solo nel Deserto” and “Archivi e topografie immaginarie” see the return of Robert Pettena’s workshop with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. The workshop focuses on the practices linked to the art of memory expressed through spatial maps in architectural photography, to then come, in the form of the two collectives, to trace a narration of spaces commonly understood as urban voids. Thus an ideal map of the area defined by the Arno and Mugnone rivers is outlined, which sees the places and interventions connected to Manifattura Tabacchi and PIA – Palazzina Indiano Arte in a dialectical relationship between human action and the resilience of the landscape.