The magic of Sami arts in a unique “postcard” format
Guja Mabellini & Lars Nordby are going to present the “Imago Mundi” project in Karasjok, Sápmi, to show participants and friends what has already been done, the future of the collection, the aims, photos and videos from past editions and of many Sami artworks that have already been collected. They will also available for answering any questions!
What is Imago Mundi?
Imago Mundi is the collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world, involving, on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries. Each of them has created a work whose only restriction is its 10×12 cm format, contributing to the creation of a remarkable artistic geography.
The collection, under the auspices of the “Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche” (established upon the wishes of the Benetton family to support and raise awareness of the wealth of landscape, cultural and artistic heritage), has no commercial ambitions, but aims to unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience. The goal is to catalogue works, inspirations and ideas, in order to pass down to future generations the widest possible mapping of the situation of human cultures at the start of the third millennium.
“Imago Mundi is a cultural, democratic and global project that looks to the new frontiers of art in the name of coexistence of expressive diversity”
The social ambition of Imago Mundi is to promote a knowledge and awareness of art and, through this art, of the world. The numerous collections (now about 8.000 artists and artisans from the 5 continents have participated) will be taken on a tour without frontiers to present them for free to the widest possible number of people, together through this web platform, catalogues and exhibitions in collaboration with private institutions, international organizations and public museums.
The increasingly global Imago Mundi project is further evolving and will involve 80 countries by the end of 2017 for a total of over 25,000 artworks.
The Imago Mundi website is a virtual catalog where all the artworks from each country or people can be browsed and admired. The website also has sections about press, scheduled exhibitions, and so on.
“Imago Mundi” was a Latin expression meaning “representation of the world”, therefore, a map. The aim of the project is indeed to portrait the beauty and diversity of the world in a visual way.
“Imago Mundi” portrays the artistic situation country by country but also people by people. Lately, we have worked with several indigenous peoples and shared the beauty of their art, to create awareness, information and respect for them. We have for example already created the collections:
– The indigenous people of North America (supported by Canadian funds)
– The Aborigines of Australia
– The Bushmen of the Kalahari