Official opening: 4 ottobre 2017


Spanning four days of voyage across four regions, Palazzo Litta transforms into a geographical point for visual arts, photography, live music, film screenings, performances, concerts, DJ sets and talks.

Palazzo Litta Cultura hosts Mappe, a 4-day festival of immersion into the creativity of the territories currently taking the spotlight of worldwide political climate.

Turkey, Ukraine, Iran, and USA/Mexico: these are the regions where the enzymes of the contemporary resonate in the arts context, but also in the social and geopolitical ones; they are places where current events, economic upheavals and social impulses attract worldwide attention. They are places of limen, a term derived from Old slavonic and meaning on the border.

Following exhibitions that highlight Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa, Mappe is Palazzo Litta Cultura’s third project dedicated to the geography of contemporary creativity. Once again, the approach is transversal and aims to present a rich program wherein various forms of arts are involved in a collaboration between a diverse set of cultural players from across Milan: MIA Photo Fair Projects in photography, ZEIT Association in visual arts and installation, Ponderosa Music&Art in music curation, esterni for the film festival, and Threes Productions for the DJ set.

Two complementary sections articulate the project and are in dialogue with one other: Territori in the Courtyard of Honor is dedicated to the shows and live events that take place from the afternoons until late evenings, while the Confini section of the Piano Nobile explores the margins, the spatial and the temporal limits through photography, audiovideo installations, and talks.

Curated by Maria Paola Zedda and organized by ZEIT Association, the exhibition Mappe. Sguardi sui confini. in the Confini section focuses on the artistic activities of the four countries through a show dedicated to the criticality of borders and their representations in contemporary art.

Halil Altindere‘s migratory flows within Turkey’s urban counterculture. Martin Kollar and Anna Zvyagintseva’s contemporary Ukraine. Daniel Monroy Cuevas’ voyage across the Mexican border. Iranian Simin Keramati’s echoes between the Mediterranean’s Northern and Southern shores. These are all brought forward by Slovenian artist collective Irwin and Italian artist Andreco who deal with iconic representation and interpretation of the borders and the concept of the Nation.

Curated by MIA Photo Fair Projects, the photography exhibition Mappe – held on the occasion of Milan Photo Week between 13 to 16 June with a preview from 7 to 10 June – offers a sociopolitical glimpse into the cultures of the four countries through the selection of works by artists Manu Brabo, Alejandro Cartagena, Shadi Ghadirian and Servet Koçyiğit.

As its name might suggest, the Territori section dedicates a single day of the festival to each territory: Wednesday, June 13 for USA/Mexico, Thursday, June 14 for Ukraine, Friday, June 15 for Iran, and Saturday, June 16 for Turkey.

During the aperitivos between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm and at the closing of the evening, electronic music traces the territories of the USA/Mexico border, Ukraine, Iran and Turkey. Threes Production’s sound sets out from the Mexican deserts, continues its journey into Eastern Europe, reaches Persian tradition and concludes at Middle Eastern folklore.

esterni and Milano Film Festival are inviting four independent figures to investigate the changing discourse of cinema across borders, geographies and social urgencies between works immersed in cultural landscapes and alien, eclectic escapes. Projections will be held everyday at 9:00 pm by four spokespersons from independent film production from the four countries: Ricardo Silva – 2014 winner of the Golden Leopard Nescens Prize in Locarno and the International Feature Film Competition at Milano Film Festival representing the USA/Mexico border, Kyrylo Marikutsa – director and co-founder of the Kyiv International Short Film Festival for Ukraine, Arash Abbasi – director of the Tehran International Short Film Festival for Iran, and Serdar Kökçeoğlu – film critic and curator of the section short films for the International Istanbul Film Festival for Turkey.

Curated by Ponderosa Music&Art, the music program involves various international artists: Giant Sand – ambassadors of desert rock – hailing from the Arizonian desert, Ukrainian group and innovators of folk tradition DakhaBrakha, Persian classical music ensemble Chemirani Trio and Turkish musician Mercan Dede live with the Istanbul Quartet.

Mappe Technical Sponsor: Kartell
Media Partner: Lifegate


Photography Exhibition Preview
June 7 – 10, 2018
Opening hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Free admission

Festival | Mappe
June 13 – 16, 2018 – Tickets available on presale
Opening hours of the exhibition Mappe. Sguardi sui confini:
Wednesday to Friday from 5.00 pm to midnight
Saturday from 11.00 am to midnight
Last entry 11.30 pm

Wednesday, June 13 | USA/Mexico
5:00 pm – 00:00 am Confini | exhibition
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Borders and frontiers; from the European borders to the North frontier. An exploration of the new geographies of the contemporary. Speakers: Andreco (artist), Irwin (artist collective), Ricardo Silva (film director and researcher), Diego Sileo (curator at PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan) | talk
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm RPMdj-set
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm M/S: My Soul, montage film curated by Ricardo Silva with an introduction | film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Giant Sand | concert
11:30 pm – 1:00 am RPMdj-set

Thursday, June 14 | Ukraine
5:00 pm – 00:00 am Confini | exhibition
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ukraine Focus
Rewrite the present. Art reflects on the redefining of geopolitical borders. Speakers: Kyrylo Marikutsa (co-founder and director of Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine), Anna Zvyagintseva (visual artist, Ukraine). | talk
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Healing Force Projectdj-set
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Selection of short films curated by Kyrylo Marikutsa from Kyiv International Short Film Festival with an introduction | film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Dakha Brakha | concert
11:30 pm – 1:00 am Healing Force Projectdj-set

Friday, June 15 | Iran
5:00 pm – 00:00 am Confini | exhibition
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Iran Focus
Video and the body as tools to trump borders. Speakers: Arash Abbasi (film director and Vice Director of TISFF), Mazdak Faiznia (Faiznia Family Foundation), Marco Meneguzzo (Curator), Valentina Valentini (Faculty staff teaching Electronic and Digital Performing Arts, Sapienza University of Rome) |  talk
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Joseph Tagliabuedj-set
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Selection of short films curated by Arash Abbasi from Tehran International Short Film Festival with an introduction | film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Chemirani Trio | concert
11:30 pm – 1:00 am Joseph Tagliabuedj-set

Saturday, June 16 | Turkey
11.00 am – 00:00 am Confini | exhibition
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The border as a methodology. The Turkish contemporary scene by Halil Altindere (visual artist, Turkey), Melis Balci (film director and programmer, Instanbul International Film Festival, Turkey), Mercan Dede (musician, Turkey) | talk
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Paquita Gordon | dj-set
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Selection of short films curated by Serdar Kökçeoğlu from International Istanbul Film Festival with an introduction | film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Mercan Dede Istanbul Quartet | concert
11:30 pm – 1:30 am Mercan Dede | dj-set
1:30 am – 2:00 am Redi Hasa | cello concert

Tickets are available online on TicketOne and Mailticket, with presales.
One-day ticket: 12€
4-day Festival Carnet: 40€