As part of the Via Padova 2009 initiative, Assab One invited Enzo Umbaca to develop a project connected to the neighbourhood around the association’s premises.
The project was made possible thanks to the collaboration of a number of local businesses and institutions, as well as individual residents who enthusiastically agreed to take part in the initiative, offering their personal experiences of the neighbourhood, their knowledge and even their homes.
Enzo Umbaca brought the local community together though the design of a new multi-national flag, which flew over the forgotten Monument to those Lost at Sea, next to the one made by local children who enriched their version with their imagination and dreams. The inauguration included a ceremonial raising of the flags accompanied by a trumpet call played by the Via Padova orchestra. A video of the ceremony and a small printed reproduction of the flags were presented at the Triennale. The Lost at Sea project mobilised a number of local businesses and several Milanese institutions whose attention was thus drawn to an area that normally attracts attention for controversial events linked to safety.
Enzo Umbaca was born in Caulonia (RC); he lives and works in Milan. His personal exhibitions include: 2009 at the Galleria Franco Soffiantino in Turin; in 2007 Low Voltage Landscape, at the a+mbookstore in Milan; in 2006 Flash Kick, at the Galleria Franco Soffiantino in Turin; in 2004 Intervista Campanella, at the Galleria Sogospatty in Rome; in 2002 Iuol never uolc alon, at Artopia in Milan; Incroci di Voci, at Viafarini in Milan; Misure Drastiche, at Care/Of in Cusano Milanino. His group exhibitions include: in 2008 Video REPORT ITALIA, at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea in Monfalcone; in 2007 La parola nell’arte, at the Museo Mart in Rovereto; Silenzio, una mostra da ascoltare, at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin; Capricci, at the Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg; On Parallel Economies, Suitcase Illuminated#5, at the P74 Center and Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Mac/Val, at the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Paris; Confini-Boundaries, at the MAN Museo d’Arte in Nuoro; The People’s Choice, at the Isola dell’Arte in Milan; in 2005 Mobilitaly, at the Museo Maxxi in Rome; in 2004 Campo Neutro, at ASSAB ONE in Milan. He has also exhibited in the itinerant exhibition Emergency Biennale, Chechnya; Sweet Taboos, at the 3rd Tiranabiennale, Tirana, Albania. His installations and performances include: in 2006 Paese che vai rumori che trovi, at the LAP Eco e Narciso, in Forno Canavese Turin; Evolution de l’Art, at Space in Bratislava, Slovakia; in 2001 On the Dark Side of the Street, a live concert broadcast from the auditorium of Radio Popolare in Milan; in 2000 Survival, a performance in the underground of Milan and Rome, a web performance by Undo.Net.
Triennale di Milano
Loredana Celano, Leo Torri, Tutamondo