Marinella Senatore: Piazza Universale / Social Stages. A farewell to the assembly of communities the show made possible.

Marinella Senatore, “Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II”. Courtesy of the Queens Museum. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

Possible is one of the dearest words to artist Marinella Senatore.

I have been privileged enough to be in a constant dialogue with Marinella for the past six years, working on a number of projects that moved, every time, the bar of my ethical and curatorial sensitivity a little bit higher, or possibly, it got moved somewhere else, somewhere I never expected to see it operating from. I talked to Black Lives Matter activists in their 20s and to an icon of Young Lords movement in his 70s on the same day; I met Elvira and Loredana, two passionate women who run a music high school in a tiny village in Sicily and inspire their students to dream high and work hard with their incredible talents; I discussed with Living Theatre members the transcription of the ‘Frankenstein’ Julian Beck and Judith Malina performed in Venice in 1965, while they were preparing their act for a parade, and watched Martha Graham School’s dancers rehearse and seek approval in the astonished gazes of Marinella and I. I learnt new forms of bodily exhaustion while the fatigue turned into inspiration, drawn daily from getting in touch with individuals, groups or communities, who understand their bodies as political entities and their passions for arts, politics or simply getting together, as a way to access new constellations on how the society in which they live can be affected by their actions, and ultimately be shaped in different ways.

Marinella Senatore, Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II. Courtesy of the Queens Museum. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

This message is just a thank you to the over 300 people who taught me, by doing, their understanding of protest, celebration, and memory, enacted by powerful choreographic movements, dedicated musical executions, heartfelt activists statements, and in many more ways. An immense ‘Grazie’ to Laura Raicovich, Larissa Harris, Lindsay Berfond, Sophia Lucas, and all the other women (and men) who dreamt big and made this empowering experience possible and shaped in such an incredible way.

Of course my last heartfelt and moved thank you goes to Marinella, that showed me, once again, that it is possible.