By listening to my fellow storytellers, I realised that our testimony becomes more powerful when we are ten people, when we are one hundred people. Listening to their stories was a wonderful opportunity for me to understand how we can bear witness.
Helia Hamedani, project participant
Words like Helia’s, as well as of other participants in the project “My Iran”, show the potential of storytelling in addressing artworks produced in the context of a recent and controversial history, bringing to the surface painful memories like exile from one’s own country of birth, or the suffering and wounds caused by the war.
“My Iran”, a project curated by Marta Morelli (MAXXI Education Department) and Silvia Mascheroni with the Iranian community in Rome, involved a group of twelve citizens of Iranian origin in providing a multi-vocal perspective on the complex contents of the Unedited History. Iran 1960-2014 temporary exhibition.
They were involved in an intensive storytelling workshop, focusing on a selection of artists and artworks around which personal memories and insights took shape.
Their short stories were published in a brochure (see below); reduced versions were included in display alongside the more traditional art-historical captions; video interviews of participants were shown on a screen at the end of the exhibition.
The integral texts of the twelve stories are published, both in Italian and in English, in the exhibition brochure My Iran.