by Alessandra Cianelli, Opher Thomson
Country: Italy
Year: 2020
Duration: 30

Eighty years have passed since the monumental exhibition of “Altrove” was inaugurated and then quickly closed again in Naples. A lifetime. The discovery of a family letter launches a journey to find the missing grandfather who disappeared overseas that same year in that same war, setting out from the overgrown ruins and remains of the exhibition complex — archives hidden in plain sight. An exploration of wonder and longing, and of the cultural formation and persistence of western colonial thought.


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Alessandra Cianelli

(Italy) is a researcher and artist. Her research develops into works at the intersection of private and collective memory practices, through the production of video, audio, texts, installations, performances and lectures. Her most recent project, Il paese delle terre d’oltremare (2012-2020). A member of the Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies at the University L’orientale, she founded the Dormire foundation in 2014, an informal residence project for artists, thinkers and researchers.


Il Paese delle Terre d’Oltremare (2012-2020), All’aldilà Diqua (coregia Opher Thomson, cm, 2020).

Opher Thomson

is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. His work concerns notions of home and the significance of place and landscape, often exploring the marginal spaces that give clues to our contemporary condition. He published several books: among them, Travels Through Absence, Il luogo nel mezzo e The New Wild. His first feature documentary The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands premiered at various international festivals in 2017 and is now being distributed theatrically throughout Italy by Tucker film.


The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands (The New Wild - Vita nelle terre abbandonate, 2017), All’aldilà Diqua (coregia Alessandra Cianelli, cm, 2020).


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“Together we set out from the fanta-exotic ruins of the Exhibition of the Overseas Territories in Naples, looking for pieces and clues that might have the power to open these hidden worlds. We travelled far and wide between times that (maybe) were and times that (might) one day be, towards the roots of our colonial self but often lost in these lands of Elsewhere: over-there, over-here, all’aldila’diqua. […]. What is really shown from these collected mirabilia is the epiphanic power of the gaze: the magic of sounds and words. They have the double power — miraculous yet ambivalent — to illuminate and resonate, to open space and time: here-there, there-here. All’aldila’diqua.


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Alessandra Cianelli, Opher Thomson. SCREENPLAY: Alessandra Cianelli. CINEMATOGRAPHY, FILM EDITING, SOUND: Opher Thomson. CAST: Alessandra Cianelli. PRODUCTION: Opher Thomson, Alessandra Cianelli.

CONTACTS: Opher Thomson mail@christopherthomson.net
Alessandra Cianelli cianellialessandra@gmail.com