Nicola Lo Calzo “Binidittu”


Podbielski Contemporary
Via Vincenzo Monti, 12, 20123 Milano MI


06 Oct 2021 - 14 Dec 2021



Nicola Lo Calzo “Binidittu”

An new project by artist Nicola Lo Calzo which, through the history and cultural heritage of St Benedict the Moor, examines the relationship between the history of colonialism and contemporary cultural identity.

Born to African slaves in the early 16th century near Messina, and then living as a friar minor in Sicily until his death (1589), St Benedict, known as Binidittu, was not only elected protector of both Afro-descendants in Latin America and Palermo, Italy, but also became an icon of redemption and emancipation worldwide. The exhibition features medium- and large-format images, that retrace the main stages of Binidittu’s biography: from his release from slavery to his death, from the post-racist utopia to his beatification.

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    Courtesy of Podbielski Contemporary.