A Present Heritage

a festival of performance and live art and an exhibition
at BAM – Biennial of Mediterranean Archipelago

from 18.11 to 15.12.2019 in Palazzo Sambuca, Palermo


Photo Erika De Martino


A Present Heritage is a live art and performance festival focusing on the experience of receiving and passing knowledge. It is a dialogue between different generations that have experienced major paradigm shifts in history.

The experience of post-war, the introduction of telematics in day to day communication, environmental issues, the instability of markets, austerity politics, global migration, mass extinction: how the present entanglement between different generations is working on these issues?

What kind of collaboration is desirable that would put in connection different know-how in problem solving? What role do we envisage today for historical memory?

These are the topics we want to explore through a universal, often non-verbal language: performance.

The age and experience of performers range from artists born in 1950 with 40 years of experience to artists born in 1980 with 10 years of experience in the field. This variety is seen as richness and opportunity to aggregate different perceptions of the present.

The relation withe the theme of BAM, breaking the wall, is seen as part of a lifelong learning process: how do we access and put in better use the heritage we receive? what are the cultural, cognitive, social, political and inter-generational barriers that we face today?


Invited Artists

Claudia Di Gangi, Shinji Kanki, Liina Kuittinen, Dario Lo Cicero, Giuseppe Lomeo, Egle Oddo, Leonardo Ruvolo, Tomasz Szrama, Timo Tuhkanen, Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, Oliver Whitehead, Willem Wilhelmus.


Dates and place

Day 22.11 at 18:00, Opening of the festival A Present Heritage.
Days 23.11 and 24.11 from 18:00 to 20:30, the program will continue every day with different performances.
Entrance is free and open to everybody.

A Present Heritage takes place at Palazzo Sambuca at the venue of Dimora OZ cultural association. Entrance is from Piazza Magione in Via Francesco Riso 9.

The traces left after the performances will be on display at Palazzo Sambuca until day 15.12., with the following opening hours: every Thursday and Friday from 17:00 to 20:00.


Organisers and Promoters

Idea and coordination of A Present Heritage is by Italian artist Egle Oddo.

Since 2015 she has started a research open to the participation of artists, activists and scientists. The project is called Collective Intelligence, and during the years it has produced a series of events, residencies, exhibitions and cultural exchanges between Finland and Italy, also with the participation to Manifesta 12 in Palermo.

BAM – the Biennial of Mediterranean Archipelago, is a fertile context to present the work of those artists that wish to foster international exchanges. A Present Heritage seems a natural continuation of the cooperation growing and expanding between the professionals of the cultural field in Helsinki and in Palermo.

The participation of Collective Intelligence is supported by partners from Finland, Myymälä2 gallery, Pixelache Helsinki, and the Finnish Embassy in Italy. The partners in Palermo, Dimora Oz and KAD, support the communication of the event. The University of Palermo supports the scientific research of one of the projects presented. Art critic and writer Lori Adragna has been invited to collaborate with the event through the production of critical texts. The Mediation and Reparative Justice Operating Unit of Palermo will be present at the event with a brief seminar on the importance of mediation for social cohesion.