Staff and students contribute to the Italian Cultural Institute's 'Stay Safe' project

Empty canal street in Venice

Staff and PhD students in the School of Arts have contributed reflective pieces in response to COVID-19 for the Italian Cultural Institute.

Dr Maurizio Cinquegrani, Senior Lecturer in Film in the School of Arts, as well as Bernardino Branca and Stefano Farinelli, PhD students in the History and Philosophy of Art have contributed to the Institute’s online Stay Safe! project, which aims to maintain a sense of community by sharing thoughts and sources of inspiration during COVID-19.

Maurizio’s piece’, entitled ‘Chiuso in casa’, focuses on how he is re-discovering the work of playwright and screenwriter Eduardo de Filippo, particulary his play La paura numero uno (The Greatest Fear, 1950) which struck a chord due to recent events.

Maurizio’s piece can be read here (in Italian):

Bernardino has contributed an extract from his forthcoming work Villa Cara (Mimesis Edizioni, 2020) entitled ‘Intervallo di riflessione’, about a grimacing demon automaton owned by Manfredo Settala, an Italian collector:

Bernardino’s piece can be read here (in Italian):

Finally, Stefano  has contributed a piece, entitled ‘La vita è, in effetti, grottesca’, about sculptor Silvio Cosini and the grotesque.

Stefano’s piece can be read here (in Italian):

Further Stay Safe! reflective pieces can be found on the Italian Cultural Institute’s website:

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