Exhibition: Seeing is an act
Photo-thematic exhibition by:
Pamela Giorgi, Maria Chiara Pettenati, Isabel de Maurissens
With the collaboration of: Irene Zoppi
Promoters and organizers:
National Institute of Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research – INDIRE
Marte Mediateca Arte Eventi
Graphics by: Rosario Memoli
The exhibition takes its cue from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a programme divided into 17 Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) that 193 UN member countries signed in New York in 2015 to draw a path towards a better and more sustainable future for all. The objectives concern the three dimensions of everyone’s life: the economic, social and environmental dimensions, summarized in the so-called “Five Ps” (people: eliminating hunger and poverty in all forms and guaranteeing fulfilment, dignity and equality in a healthy environment; prosperity: guaranteeing prosperous and full lives in harmony with nature; peace: promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies; planet: protecting natural resources and fighting climate change to meet the needs of present and future generations; partnership: mobilizing the means necessary to implement the Agenda through global collaboration for sustainable development, based on a spirit of enhanced global solidarity).
The path consists of a comparison between images of the past from the Indire Historical Archive and contemporary images produced by the teachers, to encourage a change-oriented attitude, especially in students, the real “curators” of the future.
The historical images of the Indire Archive are visual documents that narrate by analogy or by contrast the past approach to the environment, society and the economy, and aim to suggest a reflection on the direction to take in relation to the achievement of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
On the other hand, the current images are the result of the activities carried out during some face-to-face workshops, conducted by Indire’s researchers, in which the teachers involved were asked to combine a photograph with one of the goals of the 2030 Agenda, taking into account their own disciplinary area: the ‘Native Image Making’ was thus implemented, an approach of socio-anthropological origin that uses images at first as a stimulus (Photo Elicitation) and, subsequently, as a way to produce images (Native Image Making).
Among the 17 objectives of the 2030 Agenda, the exhibition focuses on Goal 4 which concerns “Quality Education“, with the aim of ensuring quality, equitable and inclusive education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for everyone.
The exhibition is designed for school students of all school types and levels, presenting a variety of materials and contents that allow differentiated teaching approaches, from the most direct, playful and simple, aimed at children, to the most structured and rich in information for high school and university students.