Neither on Land nor at Sea is a project by UNIDEE Residency Programs at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, curated by UNIDEE Visiting Curator 2022/24, Chiara Cartuccia. It takes shape across a series of residency modules and an accompanying public online/on-site programme.

The UNIDEE modules are programme-based, short-residency formats. Participating residents, selected via open calls, are offered the opportunity to expand on their ongoing research and practice exploring Mediterranean complexities and geographical thinking in the arts and beyond, within a group of peers.

Conceptual note, or a first trigger:
Through a situated investigative methodology rooted in critical whiteness studies, I am interested in exploring the specific imaginary that constitute the Euro-Mediterranean as a hegemonic space, shaped by colonial continuities, neo-imperialist interests, and necropolitical dynamics. As a collective but highly personal exploration of notions of positionality, resistance, and accountability, I wish to scrutinise the uses and abuses of history within nationalist ideologies and international relations across the Euro-Mediterranean, with a focus on media events, political performance and technologies of war, vision, and communication.

Mixed format - screenings, readings, collaborative activities and 1-1 sessions.
Aim: to collectively develop a creative investigative toolkit.

Module III | 10-16 June
Mentor: Alessandra Ferrini

Hasan Özgür Top (online)
Vincenzo Estremo

Nour Bishouty
Sarri Elfaitouri
Zilan Imsik
Kumjana Novakova Adrian Schindler
TRANSIT GROUP / Aya Bseiso & Reem Marji

Alessandra Ferrini is a London-based artist, researcher and educator. Experimenting with the expansion and hybridization of the documentary film, her research questions the legacies of Italian colonialism and Fascism, with a specific interest in the past and present relations between Italy and the Mediterranean region. Her work has featured in international exhibitions, including: 5th Casablanca Biennale (2022-23), ar/ge kunst (Bozen, 2022, solo show), Maxxi Museum of XXI Century Art (Rome, 2022), MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki (2021), Manifesta 13 Paralléles du Sud (Marseille, 2020), Museion Bozen (2020), Sharjah Film Platform (2019), Istanbul Biennal collaterale (Depo 2019), 2nd Lagos Biennal (2019), Manifesta 12 Film Programme (Palermo, 2018), Villa Romana (Florence, 2018 and solo show 2019), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022). Her long-term research-based project Gaddafi in Rome was the winner of the Maxxi Bvlgari Prize 2022 and was the recipient of the 2017 Experimenta Pitch Award at the London Film Festival (British Film Institute). She is a PhD candidate at the University of the Arts London and a Research Fellow at the British School at Rome. Her writing has been published internationally and featured in Everything Passes Except the Past - Decolonizing Ethnographic Museums, Film Archives and Public Space edited by Jana Haeckel for Sternberg Press (2021).

Hasan Özgür Top is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Istanbul. Departing from the context of Turkey and the larger Mediterranean, his research delves into the mechanism of propaganda, exploring the relationship between ideology and iconology. His wore explores the ways in which the relations between image, text, mythology, ideology and theology takes shape in politics. Top held his first solo exhibition in Lima and his works have been exhibited and screened in Istanbul, Berlin, Shanghai, New York and Vienna. He graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 2014 and 2019. In 2020, Top received his MA from the Dutch Art Institute.

Vincenzo Estremo holds a Media and Film Studies Ph.D at Università di Udine and
Kunstuneversität Linz, at the moment, is post-doc at Quadriennale of Roma. In 2022, he spent a research period at the Film-Maker Cooperative in New York thanks to the project
Italian Council and within the program Mekas100! He is a theorist of the moving image
and lecturer of exhibited cinema studies at NABA Milan, he additionally teaches Aesthetics at Università San Raffaele Roma 5. Estremo collaborates with several Art Institution in Europe and co-direct the book series Cinema and Contemporary Art (Mimesis International). He writes for Flash Art Italia and International. His books are: Extended Temporalities. Transient Visions in Museum and Art (Mimesis International 2016), Albert Serra, cinema, arte e performance (Mimesis Edizioni 2018), Teoria del lavoro reputazionale (Milieu Edizioni 2020). Soon will be published his next book: Indistinzione (PS editore 2023).