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Creative project “Il Gattopardo. Three Places, One Story. Palermo-Riga-Vienna”.
Takes place in Italy from March 12 to March 16, 2018, at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo.
Life and professional work of an Italian writer and aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (IT) and a Baltic-German baroness, psychoanalyst Alexandra Alice von Wolff (LV), demonstrated in research, infographics and paintings.
 
In March 2018, the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo will hold a scientific conference in Italy; its visually informative framework will be established by the teaching staff and students of the Art Academy of Latvia, the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, and the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. The visual stories in the format of infographics and paintings will tell about the professional work of a special pair - two bright personalities - the Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957) and the Baltic-German baroness from Stāmeriena, the founder of the Italian Psychoanalytic Association, Alexandra Alice von Wolff (1894-1982). Such a conference with a scientific content and a contemporary visual framework will foster communication between countries and generations. The common path of these two brilliant personalities from two different countries brings a striking insight into the last hundred years of Latvia's history, simultaneously with an insight into the history of the 20th century Europe; it is one of the most emotional threads of the common cultural history of Italy and Latvia.
 
The co-operation and involvement of three European Union universities in this project is not coincidental; each of them has its own role - the Art Academy of Latvia represents the land from which the Baroness von Wolff has come from and has always held in her heart; the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo represents not only the count's hometown but also the magnificent Sicilian landscapes and romantic feelings described in the story of the richly historic novel "The Leopard" ("Il Gatopardo") (1956), which takes place on the backdrop of political actions of the warlord Giuseppe Garibaldi at the turn of a century. In her psychoanalytic practice, the Baroness was a loyal follower of Sigmund Freud, which serves as a reason for the involvement of the teaching staff and students of the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna in the joint collaboration.
 
From January until March, 2018, students of the Art Academy of Latvia have got the opportunity to do research at the National Library of Latvia and to listen to the industry expert Astra Šmite's reading about the materials published by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and Alexandra Alice von Wolff in different languages. In her turn, Gunta Minde, Head of the Department of Accessibility and Popularization of Documents of the Latvian State Historical Archives, provided an opportunity to look into the original documents and testimonies. At the end of February, before the spring trip to Palermo, students and lecturers of the Art Academy of Latvia will go to snowy Stāmeriene to take part in a winter workshop run by two outstanding painters - Kristaps Zariņš (rector of the Art Academy of Latvia) and Aleksejs Naumovs (professor at the Department of Painting of the Art Academy of Latvia). Both painters will hold painting master-classes at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, while the graphic designer Maija Rozenfelde, Head of the Department of Functional Design of the Art Academy of Latvia, and Barbara Ābele, professor, will hold information design workshops.
 
The project was created with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Italy and H.E. Mr. Artis Bērtulis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the Art Academy of Latvia, the National Library of Latvia, the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo and the EU Erasmus+ program, with the aim of securing the ceremonial enunciation of the Centennial of the Republic of Latvia in Italy, in the form of an international and interdisciplinary literature, psychoanalysis, design and visual arts event.
 
Master classes, workshops and conference is one of the Public diplomacy program proceedings, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and part of the events dedicated to the Centennial of the Republic of Latvia and is included in the program of cultural activities of Palermo, the Italian Capital of Culture 2018.
 
Venue and time of the conference "Psychoanalysis and feminism in the age of Sigmund Freud. Alexandra Wolff Stomersee" and workshop:
Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo.
Workshop: 12.03-15.03. 2018.
Conference: 16.03.2018
The visual framework of the conference: Information design and paintings, created during two creative workshops - information design and painting - in the four days before the conference, as well as a one-day winter workshop in Stāmeriene in February.
 
Participants of the 2 creative workshops information design and painting:
3 EU universities - the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, the Art Academy of Latvia, and the Sigmund Freud University (Vienna);
18 information design students (10  IT, 4 AT, 4 LV) 
12 students of painting (10 IT, 2 LV)
9 professors from three universities (Kristaps Zariņš (LV), Aleksejs Naumovs LV), Frančesko De Grandi (IT), Martins Feslaitners (AT), Maija Rozenfelde (LV), Barbara Ābele (LV), Fausto Gristina (IT), Renato Galasso (IT), Sandro Skalija(IT).
 
Conference speakers:
  • Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, musicologist (stepson of the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa).
  • Astra Šmite (industry expert), National Library of Latvia.
  • Stefan Hampl (prorector of the Sigmund Freud University) and/ or Martin Feslaitner (International Institute for Information Design (IIID), founder of the information design company hi-pe.at).
  • Silvana Micheli, associate professor, Psychology Institute of Palermo.
  • Expert of the Italian Association of Psychoanalysis.
Parties involved in the project:
  • Embassy of Latvia in Rome (Artis Bērtulis, Ambassador of Latvia in Italy, Francesca Cocozza, Nellija Reinicāne).
  • Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi (stepson of the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa).
  • National Library of Latvia (director Andris Vilks, industry expert Astra Šmite).
  • Art Academy of Latvia (rector Kristaps Zariņš, professor Aleksejs Naumovs and faculty members of the Department of Functional Design - Head of the Department Maija Rozenfelde, professor Barbara Ābele).
  • Department of Graphics or Multimedia of the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo / Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo (president Alberto Coppola Amero D’Aste Stella, Mario Dzito, Fausto Gristina, Maia Mankuzo).
  • Sigmund Freud University in Vienna (prorector Stefan Hampl).
  • Information design company hi-pe.at and International Institute for Information Design (IIID) (hi-pe.at leader Martin Feslaitner).

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