Venice, project by which migrants narrate works returns to Palazzo Grassi

Palazzo Grassi (Venice) kicks off the third edition of "Other Looks," the cultural mediation program by which migrants, asylum seekers and political refugees narrate the works on display at the exhibition venue.

After the success of the2020 and 2019 editions, in Venice the Educational Services of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dog ana are launching a new season of Altri Sguardi, the museum cultural mediation project conceived by Palazzo Grassi targeting migrants, asylum seekers and political refugees residing in the territory, which, after a training period from October 2021 to January 2022 by the staff of the Educational Services of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana. Punta della Dogana and two tutors chosen from the participants of the two previous editions, offers the opportunity to present special guided tours: unique itineraries that connect work and visitor according to the personal interpretation of the participants.

Starting from Thursday, July 15, and until Wednesday, September 15, 2021, it is possible to apply on the website palazzograssi.itunder“Know - job opportunities / calls.” To participate, you must have attained the age of majority by the open call deadline, have a good knowledge of the Italian language (minimum level A2) and upload an updated curriculum vitae to the site. Participation is unpaid, but transportation expenses will be reimbursed. At the end of the training, candidates will receive a certificate of participation (for more information, write to

Following the success of the first open call held in 2019, which had 9 of the various participants in the workshop Altri Sguardi create special free guided tours to discover the exhibition Luc Tuymans. The Skin and the History of Architecture at Palazzo Grassi, a second edition was held last year from October to December 2020, dedicated to the exhibition Untitled, 2020. Three Looks at Today’s Art at Punta della Dogana. This year, Other Looks restarts with new works and many possible readings starting with the exhibitions Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, curated by Carlos Basualdo and Caroline Bourgeois at Punta della Dogana, and HYPERVENEZIA, Mario Peliti’s project curated by Matthieu Humery, which will open to the public on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Palazzo Grassi.

As in previous editions, the workshop is structured in three phases: the first workshop with an in-depth study of the works on display and the selection of some by the participants, accompanied in this free choice by Palazzo Grassi staff and tutors. The second phase involves the elaboration of a mediation path conceived on the basis of their own personal interpretation. Finally, the third phase involves the participants’ meeting with the public, who will be able to visit the exhibition guided by the participants’ unprecedented gaze and accompanied on a unique journey.

The project is part of the broader framework of initiatives dedicated to the theme of migration, launched in 2019 by Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana, including a series of meetings carried out in collaboration with associations and entities working in the field, such as Refugees Welcome Italia and atelier des artistes en exil. Altri Sguardi, now in its third edition this year, specifically allowed migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the area to be involved firsthand. Contemporary art, at the center of the institution’s cultural activity, thus becomes the lens through which to stimulate new formulas of knowledge and dialogue starting with individuals and their uniqueness.

Photo: Matteo De Fina; Courtesy: Palazzo Grassi

Venice, project by which migrants narrate works returns to Palazzo Grassi
Venice, project by which migrants narrate works returns to Palazzo Grassi