September 2015


Isaac Julien - From Ten Thousand Waves to Lina Bo Bardi, via Kapital

  • Tuesday, 22 September 2015 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Isaac Julien, Stones Against Diamonds (Ice Cave), 2015, 5 portrait screens with HD playback, 57'28''

To mark the beginning of his residency at the American Academy in Rome, artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien presents his recent works from Ten Thousand Waves (2010), a response to the Morecambe Bay tragedy in 2004, and PLAYTIME: KAPITAL in 2014, to his contributions to this year’s edition of the Venice Biennale and his current project on the life and work of the Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi. The talk will be followed by a conversation with curator and writer Mark Nash.

Julien has been working on a range of critically acclaimed projects whose collective objective is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting these to construct powerful visual narratives. Concerned with the experiential and the complex multi-layering of ideas, Julien reveals his artistic and research processes to the audience; the ways in which these works very much lead on from one another and form a certain conceptual trajectory.

Julien’s upcoming work on the seminal figure Lina Bo Bardi builds on and extrapolates from his concerns about individuals deeply affected by the crisis and the global flow of capital. A three-part project, Stones Against Diamonds, the first of which premiered during this year’s Venice Biennale and Art Basel as unique site-specific installations, Julien gives a platform to the breadth of Bo Bardi’s creative impulse and egalitarian beauty of her work.

Isaac Julien is the Mary Miss Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall 2015.

The event will be held in English.

Please note: picture identification is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome.


Eduardo Rojas - The Conservation of the Urban Heritage: A Task for All Social Actors

  • Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Iglesia de San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador

Concern for the preservation of urban heritage is no longer the preserve of the cultural elite. Increasingly local communities, organizations of civil society, and private citizens are participating in the designation and protection of urban heritage areas as promoters and supporters. This trend offers the opportunity to design and implement more inclusive and sustainable preservation and development processes for urban heritage areas. However, it also poses governance problems. The most significant are: the difficulties to harmonize the often conflicting goals and expectations of the variety of stakeholders and the slow involvement of private investors and individuals in the process—a condition to bring more resources to urban heritage areas and give sustainability to the preservation process.

This talk will discuss the opportunities and challenges emerging from this trend and suggest reforms to traditional urban heritage preservation planning and implementation methods to take advantage of the opportunities and confront governance problems. The presentation will make reference to four cases of urban heritage preservation in Latin America with different levels of involvement by different sets of stakeholders: Oaxaca in Mexico, Quito in Ecuador, Salvador de Bahia in Brazil and Valparaiso in Chile. The results of these cases illustrate the impact on the sustainability of the conservation efforts of different forms of stakeholders’ involvement and suggest governance strategies that can improve the long-term sustainability of the preservation process.  

Eduardo Rojas is a Resident at the American Academy in Rome in the fall 2015. He is an independent consultant on urban development and visiting lecturer in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture will be held in English.

The event is organized in collaboration with ICCROM (International Centre of the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).

Please note: picture identification is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome.