Football fans, their behaviours, culture and history, have been the subject of analysis for decades. However, specific studies of the ultras movement, the youth culture that over the past fifty years has spread over the world, well beyond its origins in Italy, are relatively few. Photographer Giovanni Ambrosio and filmmaker Ragnhild Ekner have both been involved in creating the exhibition Ultra at the Mediterranean Museum. They tell about and show examples from their ongoing work to document the ultras movement in different parts of the world. Together with you in the audience, we discuss what it means to photograph, film, and document a subculture such as the ultras movement? What problems arise, what considerations must be taken into account? And why is it important? The Italian photographer and writer Giovanni Ambrosio has for many years worked with the historian Sèbastien Louis to document ultras groups in Europe, North Africa and Asia. Director Ragnhild Ekner is currently working on the documentary film ULTRAS, about ultra groups in several countries around the world, which will premiere in the spring of 2024. The film is a co-production between Story, Film i Väst and SVT. Moderator: Karl-Johan Cottman, Exhibition Producer at the National Museums…

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I’m screening a selection of my landscape and space related works in Ossessione Napoletana, a multimedia show connecting the narratives of Napoli and Lisboa, cities of songs, literatures, images and obsessions. And, incidentally, two of my cities. How do you look at a city? How can we represent a city in pictures? It’s almost impossible. – New living districts -Spatial disorientation -Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover -Biographies/thresholds -Football landscapes @fondogioia @mdmpelomundo Written by Mauro Gioia @fondogioia and Maria De Medeiros @mdmpelomundo, directed by Maria De Medeiros. With pianist @burgarellag April 8th-10th Trianon Viviani – teatro della Canzone napoletana

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Mauro Gioia’s Conferenze cantate visual set includes this young dead bride, the young absent bride, the young murdered bride. It’s the key image in the visual set for Alpha singers in Neapolitan song, the last Conferenza Cantata at Auditorium Parco della Musica @auditoriumparcodellamusica in Rome and at Teatro Trianon Viviani @teatrotrianon in Naples, written by Giuditta Borelli, Mauro Gioia himself @fondogioia, Antonio Pascale @atpascale66 and Anita Pesce, in which Mauro Gioia tells about a peculiar story inside history of Neapolitan song, related to toxic relationship with love, relationships between men and women, gender violence, gender domination. It’s a documentary photograph picturing one of the most impressive archives I have ever seen: my mother’s trunk containing her pre wedding dowry. While it is still untouched and possibly never opened before, extracting one piece gave me the image of a long running violence related to cultural tradition, family education, ideologic positions. Of a low-fi lifetime impossible to depict violence, in which blood rains into wine in an invisible transparency, in which acceptance itself of invisible yet powerful violence build up an ineluctable structure of your own life. Also combined with the idea of poorly sexually and emotionally educated males as part of…

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I’m currently and proudly a resident at Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, working on the migration from digital matter to printed matter and from minimal gestural painting to digital files and again to paper. The Frans Masereel Centrum is a center for contemporary art, combining an artist-oriented exhibition and production schedule with an international residency programme for artists and curators, often with a specific focus on printed matter-at-large. I’m working to a new series,  Sumbit!,  which also includes texts already written for Sibyl Session performance.

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The Sibyl Sessions project (working title) is an on going work by Alessia Siniscalchi and her collective Kulturscio’k. The tragedy, the myth, the oracles, the prophets. A theater where the text is reduced, summarized, destroyed, to take advantage of the creations where image, sound, effects, art, radical technological inventions, exacerbated and extreme, become a pretext to tell the present, the past, the future. Or to glimpse what we don’t want to know about the human condition. Sibyl oracle prophet? In this work, started on the basis of a collective residency in a theatre in Paris during the first week of March 2021, I write prophecies, responses and pronouncement as Instagram Stories. Beyond the artists working with Kulturscio’k on a regular basis, I invited to join german artist Julia Liedel to interact with my writing. All pictures : © Roberto Di Mola.

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