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Gli ultimi arsenalotti - Immagine tematica: un gruppo di uomini, uno sopra l'altro a formare una piramide, al fianco di una chiglia navale. La foto è con dominante di colore giallo.

Ateneo Veneto, Sala lettura, Campo San Fantin 1897, Venezia
Friday 14 June 2024
At 17:00 (5pm)

In the prestigious venue of the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, Pierandrea Gagliardi, Pasquale Ventrice, Marco Trevisan and Giovanni Luigi Fontana will discuss the most recent history of the Venice Arsenal through the people who worked there, commonly known as 'arsenalotti', and the project that was born around the exhibition 'Gli ultimi arsenalotti'. The eponymous volume complete with photographs and testimonies, published by Venipedia, will also be presented on the occasion.

The exhibition "Gli ultimi arsenalotti" (The Last Arsenal Workers) stems from an extensive research of photographic material and testimonies, which began in November 2021 among the inhabitants of Via Garibaldi in Venice, and was then extended to the whole city and beyond. Via Garibaldi, bordering the Arsenale, is historically the area inhabited and frequented by the workers who, at different levels and over the centuries, have worked inside the compendium and are known as arsenalotti. The materials collected through word of mouth among the inhabitants, (photographs, interviews, brochures, drawings, publications, writings) cover a period from 1930/40 to 2015, the year in which the three dry docks of the Northern Arsenal were permanently closed. At that time, the last 25 dockers were laid off. Their pride in their work led the last dockers to perpetuate over time various moments of their activities in the Arsenal, taking photographs with their colleagues, on board the ships, inside the workshops, inside the docks, in the after-work areas.

The catalogue, edited by Pierandrea Gagliardi, contains first-hand accounts, historical information and more than 100 colour images, also after the exhibition. In large 21x21cm format, already available for purchase.

Pierandrea Gagliardi,after studying philosophy at university, attended a film direction course at the Actor Play House in Milan. Since 1986 he has participated in the Ipotesi Cinema workshop in Bassano del Grappa directed by Ermanno Olmi, working on several film productions. Since 1997 he has been working with Controcampo Produzioni srl, as a director in the field of documentaries and corporate communication films. As a filmmaker he makes several documentary films that are awarded at independent film festivals.

Pasquale Ventrice, historian of science and technology - essayist - former professor at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) - is President of the Centro Studi Arsenale. He lives and works in Venice. Author of books and numerous essays on the history of science including: La discussione sulle maree tra astronomia, meccanica e filosofia nella cultura veneto-padovana del Cinquecento, vol. XXXIV delle Memorie della classe di scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali, Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, 1989 - L'Arsenale di Venezia tra manifattura e industria, Verona, Cierre, 2009 and various essays including: 8) Le macchine e le tecnologie dell'Arsenale tra Ottocento e Novecento, in AA. VV. - the entry L'Arsenale di Venezia e i cantieri navali della marina for the Ottavo Aggiornamento Dell'Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani entitled - Il contributo Italiano alla storia del Pensiero. The Technique. 9) La costruzione navale nell'Arsenale di Venezia, in Atti - Classe di scienze morali, lettere ed arti, 179 - 2020-21, pp. 8-169.

Marco Trevisan, Venetian, creator and founder of Bazzmann Agency and Venipedia. A curious human being, charismatic pioneer of the Italian accessible web, author of books, he has been involved in communication for culture, art, and cultural and landscape heritage for more than twenty years. He directs Venipedia, taking care of the strategy, innovation and editorial line. Culturally omnivorous, he now focuses on climate and climate change, sustainability, biodiversity and related solutions for the present-future.

Giovanni Luigi Fontana, honorary professor at the University of Padua and president of the Accademia Olimpica di Vicenza. He has held the position of full professor of Economic History, was Head of the Department of History and Geography, member of the Academic Senate and Board of Directors, and consultant for relations with Latin American universities at the University of Padua. He served as Director of the Master's Course in Conservation, Management and Enhancement of Industrial Heritage (MPI) and responsible for the University of Padua for the Erasmus Mundus Master's Course "Techniques, Patrimoine, Territoires de l'Industrie. Histoire, Valorisation, Didactique" (TPTI), activated in collaboration with the Universities of Paris I - Panthéon - Sorbonne, Padua and Evora (Portugal), in partnership with several universities around the world.

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Free entry. Event is in Italian language.


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