Brief CV
Francesca Mila Nemni, born in 1980 in Boston, USA, has been active in the art scene for several years. After earning her bachelor’s degree in photography, followed by a further degree in art history from the Università degli Studi in Milan in 2004, she worked as a freelance contributor to art magazines such as Exibart, Cultframe and Titolo. She has continued to publish numerous reviews, critical essays and interviews. Parallel to this, she held jobs which led to her activities as an art curator. From 2005 to 2008 she directed the Nepente Art Gallery in Milan; from 2008 to 2009 she was responsible for a range of activities as gallery assistant at FORMA, the International Centre of Photography in Milan; from 2005 to the present, she has been taught “Photo Language and History of Art” in Milan. She has written for FLASH ART magazine since 2009 and is co-founder of the curatorial project T-arte Tatin.
Curatorial Statement
"Think globally. Act neighborly" - According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Well-being is now acknowledged as having a connection to ways of living, relationships, social ties and interactions, allowing for a private microcosm and space, a place of comfort and security in the face of global macrocosms. Berlin is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, yet real intercultural exchanges rarely happen. This can be seen in the need to have two different types of gardens within the same city. There is a big gap in Berlin between official allotment gardens (regulated by the Federal Allotment Gardens Act), which are mostly owned by German people, and the community or intercultural gardens, which are often cultivated by people from different countries. These worlds do not often meet. In land cultivation and agriculture, the experience of the passing seasons affords one the time and space to listen to oneself. Connections can be made through growing techniques, ingredients and recipes, between past and future possibilities, between people and cultures, and as moments in different journeys. Like the roots and tubers which connect plants and vegetables underground, the usually unseen connections can be made more visible, acknowledging the actual twinnings between Berlin and other places.