Opening Archivio Aperto 2021
Patrizia Vicinelli – In transito

Opening Archivio Aperto 2021
Patrizia Vicinelli – In transito
Patrizia Vicinelli

“There isn’t arrival there isn’t break there isn’t departure, but the relentless following”

Patrizia Vicinelli, I fondamenti dell’essere 


Poet, performer, artist, experimental filmmaker from Bologna: thirty years after her demise, Archivio Aperto celebrates the poetry of Patrizia Vicinelli (1943-1991) with Patrizia Vicinelli – In transito, a composite project curated by Giulia Simi and dedicated to the rediscovery of her figure, with events, screenings, readings and exhibitions.


Opening event of the XIV edition of Archivio Aperto, Patrizia Vicinelli – In transito is starting Thursday 2nd September at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, when her images, her voice and her words will meet live the trumpet of Paolo Fresu, one of the most renowned jazz musicians internationally. An original live sound addition during which there will be, for the first time in colours, the work Apotheosys of schizoid woman, a booklet of visual poetry made between 1969 and 1970 during her exile of the poetess in Morocco, and published in 1979 in black and white on the avantgarde magazine «Tau/ma», founded and directed by Mario Diacono e Claudio Parmiggiani. The booklet resurfaces thanks to an archival research which shed light upon 27 diapositives made with partner Gianni Castagnoli and extends in its multifaceted opulence of signs and materials: the graphic trait, the collage, the excerpt from newspapers, magazines, telegrams, medicine boxes all live with Vicinelli’s thoughts and family pictures.


The booklet weaves with never-seen images from the film archive of Home Movies – a Super8 film from the 1970s and an excerpt of the Non sempre ricordano (1987) video performance, both shot by Castagnoli – and Alberto Grifi’s pictures, preserved by association of the same name. It isn’t the first time that Vicinelli’s words and Fresu’s trumpet meet: the two of them made, in 1989, the show Majakovskij il Tredicesimo apostolo, a concert  for voices and trumpet later published in a CD by label Cramp Records – extremely rare as of today.



Reservation is compulsory and seats are limited. You can buy your ticket on Vivaticket at this link. In person sale will take place on 2nd September only, at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, starting at 18:00.


From 31st August to 30th September, Vicinelli’s poetry will resonate even in the city spaces thanks to the collaboration with Cheap, independent of street-art promotion: in 19 notice boards scattered throughout the streets of Bologna, there will be posters with words and images excerpted from the author’s texts in the spirit of an in-transit poetry celebrating the epic and the ethics of the wayfaring dear to the poetess.



The festival will be structured in a series of meetings with those who knew Vicinelli’s person and works closely. In the Stabat Mater hall within the Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio, a lecture by Niva Lorenzini (3th September, 17:30), lecturer of Italian poetry of the XXth Century and amidst the most important scholars of the works by Vicinelli, and a meeting with Daniela Rossi and Jonida Prifti (22nd September, 17.30): the former curates the Di Versi In Versi festival, and followed


The series of meetings will end on the 26th September with the round table discussion in Villa Aldini, in collaboration with the “Patto per la lettura” of Bologna within the Inosservanza festival context, as curated by the theatre company Archivio Zeta: they will take part at the meeting, curated by Lorenzo Mari, translator and poet, and Beatrice Seligardi, comparative literature scholar, poet Alberto Masala and poetesses Loredana Magazzeni and Rosaria Lo Russo.

More info about the events and the booking methods will be available from Wednesday 25th August.


Patrizia Vicinelli – In transito


A Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia project
In teh context of Archivio Aperto 2021 and Bologna Estate 2021, the programme sponsored and managed by Comune di Bologna and by Città metropolitana di Bologna – Destinazione Turistica.


With the support of the Bologna Municipality, Regione Emilia Romagna, MiC.
In collaboration with Comunicamente, Kiné, Cheap, Associazione Alberto Grifi, Patto per la Lettura, Inosservanza – Archivio Zeta, Istituto Parri.
With the contribution of Unipol, Coop Fond, Lavoropiù.

Curated by

Giulia Simi


Home Movies, Kiné


2nd September 2021, 20h30


Teatro Comunale of Bologna