Storytellers are a formidable time machine, both emotional and intellectual. The point is not so much to “adhere” to what they say, as to familiarise with a new way of looking at artworks, where the museum’s focus shifts from the collections to human beings, their ability to listen, to contemplate, to pause, to heal the rift between art and life, between the universal and the individual, between fleeting enjoyment and a long-lasting sense of ownership.
Giovanna Brambilla, Head of Education Department
“Twelve storytellers in search of an author”, a project promoted by GAMeC Education Department, aims to trigger new insights into the museum’s Permanent Collection, by acknowledging storytelling as a crucial tool to convey emotions and lived experiences alongside art-historical contents, and to help all individuals approach cultural heritage in a way that gets them personally involved.
Twelve of the Museum Mediators with an immigrant background regularly working with GAMeC took part in a storytelling workshop led by Maria Grazia Panigada.
Each one of the resulting twelve stories is connected with an artwork from the Permanent Collection, and interweaves specialist knowledge with personal autobiographies in a way that encourages listeners and visitors to approach works of art from a new perspective.
A partnership with NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts (Milan), Digital Video course, led to the production of video clips of Mediators telling their stories, which in turn were re-interpreted by NABA students through original videos of their own.
The video clips, where stories revolving around the Permanent Collection are told both in Italian and the Museum Mediators’ mother tongues (Albanian, Chinese, Farsi, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Hungarian), are aimed at creating new connections between GAMeC and a diverse audience, by breaking cultural as well as language barriers (the narrative trail covers most of the languages spoken in major migrant communities living in Bergamo).