Pestifera, Art Contemporary Museum - Rivoli - 26 June to 25 September 2020 -
The film program investigates the representation of pandemics through the art of cinema. Reflecting on the meaning of an exhibition that explores the themes of moral and physical contagion, the artist and director Irene Dionisio declares, "The systematic exploitation of the planet has been transformed, through a predicted and predictable zoonosis, into the scourge of the 21st century. Humanity, especially on its way, after a long and forced captivity, was faced with a banal certainty, that of its own finitude. Faced with "absurdity", Albert Camus would write, of one's own existence, how to react in order not to give in to madness? The cinematic representation, as a succession of threshold images of the global collective unconscious, offers us a possible catharsis, epoché and, perhaps, a recovery of a much-needed collective breath ".
Lovers Film Festival - Turin LGBTQI Visions - 32th, 33th, 34th editions -
The first gay cinema festival in Italy, amongst the most important ones at international level, "Lovers" , recounts different and multi-faceted sexual geographies, but also its care and its profound love for cinema and the LGBTQI community itself.
The Festival, founded by Giovanni Minerba and Ottavio Mario Mai and directed for three editions by Irene Dionisio keeps developing within continuity and the enhancement of its three decades of tradition: a particularly focused ‘eye’ trained on cinema, offering new, visionary and prophetic narrative viewpoints about complex contemporary reality. Among the many authors it presented over the years with premieres, are Gus Van Sant, Gregg Araki and Ken Russell.
LaComune - Cinematographic Observatory on Contemporaneity
LACOMUNE is a device, a gym for active citizenship, a pilot project for a film observatory and permanent assembly on an annual basis. The project is structured on the basis of a common theme identified on the basis of its cultural, social and political relevance and topicality, its imaginative reach and the impact it has on people's lives. The project focuses on a projection device introduced by conversations with the respective authors and / or civil talent and accompanied by meetings in public and / or digital places, preceded by in-depth speeches. The project was born from the co-design of the work team - with widespread leadership - composed of the curators Francesca Comisso and Luisa Perlo (a.titolo), Irene Dionisio, director, visual artist, the festival director and film critic Francesco Giai Via, by the cultural operator Ambra Troiano and by the philosopher and curator of the Milan Triennale Leonardo Caffo, who with Andrea Polacchi and Luca Bosonetto belongs to Arci Torino Committee constitutes the group with maieutic function that will conduct public and / or digital assemblies according to shared community rules. The project was born in collaboration with the Arci Torino Committee, Ucca, a.titolo, Associazione Cinema Ambrosio and Wild Strawberries - Laboratory for Moving Images.
Proibitissimo is a project by Irene Dionisio written with the curatorship of Viola Invernizzi, the collaboration of ANMC, Vittorio Sclaverani, with the support of Center d'Art Contemporain Gèneve, Wild Strawberries and Hangar Creatività, Regione Piemonte: it is a collective research and trial on censorship in Italian cinema from the post-war period to '98, through an exhibition, a video installation, an editorial project and this film review. Written and scripted by Cesare Zavattini, despite being considered by most critics to be one of the best cinematographic works of De Sica and one of the masterpieces of Neorealism, "Umberto D." was, at the public level, one of the least understood: when it came out in cinemas, it encountered many obstacles: as with the previous "Bicycle Thieves", there were those who complained that reality was shown there with dramatic realism. Statement by Irene Dionisio, curator of the Proibitissimo project: «Among the films chosen to be shown at the Cinema at the Palazzo Reale, Umberto D. by De Sica could not be missing. It is the film for which Giulio Andreotti, then undersecretary for entertainment, uttered the famous words that dirty clothes must be washed at home ».