This is part of the conversation which took place between Maria Grazia Panigada and Li Chenxi, one of the workshop’s young participants, in front of Anselm Kiefer’s painting Die deutsche Heilslinie (2012-2013).
“Our time through the seven Heavenly Palaces”, a three-day intensive workshop curated by Simona Bodo and Mara Clementi (Fondazione Ismu) together with Maria Grazia Panigada, actively involved a group of eight youths with different cultural and social backgrounds (China, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Italy) in a journey to discover “The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015”, Anselm Kiefer’s permanent installation at Pirelli HangarBicocca.
Throughout the workshop, young participants had a first-hand experience of how their expanded ability to listen attentively, to pause in front of the artworks, to thoroughly look at them and establish a deep connection, could evolve into a creative act in its own right.
This process resulted in the creation of eight written short stories drawing inspiration from Anselm Kiefer’s work.
The workshop was organised in the framework of “YEAD – Young European (Cultural) Audience Development”, a four-year project co-funded by the “Creative Europe” programme (2015-2019), whose main goal was to involve young people as cultural actors and creators (with a particular focus on creating opportunities for mutual knowledge, exchange and enrichment between youths with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds) by developing creative partnerships between cultural institutions and film-makers.
The emotions and reflections of workshop participants are documented in the video “Our time through the Seven Heavenly Palaces”.