Milano città mondo: #03 EGITTO
13.09.2017 – 07.01.2018
“Milano Città Mondo” is a multi-year research plan conceived by Museo delle Culture in collaboration with Ufficio Reti e Cooperazione culturale (Bureau of Networking and Cultural Cooperation) of Milan City Council. Every year, focus is directed on one of the many communities living in Milan. These research projects result in exhibitions, conferences and events that span over a six-month-long schedule.
From the end of 2017 to the early months of 2018, the subject will be Egypt and the Egyptians of Milan - the second largest migrant community in Milan since the 70's. While not formally organized, the Egyptian community is woven into the urban fabric thanks to its entrepreneurial activities, especially restaurants and construction.
The connection between Milan and Egypt, however, finds its roots much earlier: at the end of the 1940's, more than 60 thousand Italians lived in Egypt, and they had been living there as an integrated community since before the 1850's.
This long but partly forgotten history of coexistence (more than a century, from 1850 to 1950 approximately) is symbolically represented by items from our permanent collection that have been donated by Milan citizens who lived in Egypt most of their lives, such as Prospero Moisè Loria.
From September 13th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018, an Egypt Room will tell their stories and many others, through a series of interviews to eyewitnesses of the present and the past, backed by pictures, sounds and footage all cleverly orchestrated by Prospekt Phographers' video installation. An immersive work of art that will let you relive and remember the ties between Milan and Egypt.
In addition, the full guide of activities, conferences, films, visits and workshops will soon be published, including the great exhibition on Egypt under Amenhotep II.