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What is Pasolini for me



What is Pasolini for me

pasolini pittoreSymposium organized on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini

2022 marks the centenary of the birth of the great Italian intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini, and to celebrate this important anniversary all the main Italian cultural bodies present in NSW decided to join forces to organize an event designed for a wide audience, to offer an insight into a controversial and somewhat problematic character. Pasolini’s intellectual depth and international relevance is well known in Italy and abroad, but probably less known among second generation Italians. The event, which is the result of the collaboration on the initiative of Comites NSW and the Dante Alighieri Society with the Italian Cultural InstituteCo.As.It., and the Niawa and GIA associations, wants to provide an opportunity to meet and discuss the subject in an informal context, giving the opportunity to those who wish to do so to share what they experienced while reading this author.

The event will be held in English in order to allow second and third generation Italians, as well as the broader Australian public, to follow the presentations and participate in the Q&A that will follow the speeches.

The conference will be introduced by the Consul General of Italy, Andrea De Felip, wil be moderated by Antonella Beconi and will include the presentation of the following lectures:

  1. Caterina Paoli (Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of New England): Giovanna Bemporad and Pier Paolo Pasolini: a teachers’ encounter.
  2. Laura Crippa (visiting research fellow at the University of Sydney): «The scandal of contradicting myself»: the Pasolinian drama of ‘Gramsci’s Ashes’.
  3. Bruce Isaacs (Associate Professor of Film Studies and Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Sydney): Cinema of Words and Images in ‘The Gospel According to St Matthew’ (1964). “A dictionary of images does not exist.” Pasolini, 1965.
  4. Stefania Riccardi (artist): ‘La ricotta’ (Curd cheese), 1963. 35’ short film part of the anthology film Ro.Go.Pa.G.
  5. Maria Cristina Mauceri (Honorary Associate at the Department of Italian Studies, University of Sydney): The grace and anguish of a son's love: "Supplica a mia madre" by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
  6. Roberto Costa (PhD in Anthropology, Macquarie University): Pasolini, a critical anthropologist. Docufilm ‘Appunti per un'Orestiade africana’.
  7. Robert Farotto (co-founder of Dante Alighieri’s Book Club LibrInsieme): Pasolini’s ‘Petrolio’ (1972-1975), an unfinished last literary testament analysed with a shared reading.
  8. Giuseppe Musumeci Catania (Architect at Bongiorno Hawkins & Associates, Sydney): Pasolini: Degradation of the landscape.
  9. Antonella Beconi (Convenor of Italian at the Centre of Continuing Education, University of Sydney): Pasolini, memoria storica dell’Italia anni ’60 / Historical memory of Italy in the 60s. A reflexion about l’arte di arrangiarsi = the art of getting by. Docufilm ‘Comizi d’amore / Love meetings’, Pasolini, 1964.
  10. Robert Farotto: Pasolini Petrolio, an unfinished last literary testament analysed with a shared reading, 1972-1975 book

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Bologna, 5 March 1922 - Ostia, 2 November 1975) was an Italian poet, director, screenwriter, writer, actor andpasolini decamerone playwright. Culturally versatile, he distinguished himself in numerous fields - literature and cinema among those best known to the general public - also working as a painter, linguist, translator and essayist. Attentive observer of the changes taking place within the Italian society from the second post-war period up to the mid-seventies, as well as controversial figure at times due to his open homosexuality, he often attracted strong controversy and heated debates due to the radical nature of his judgments, very critical of bourgeois values and the emerging consumeristic society, as well as towards the 1968 and its protagonists. Pasolini's sudden and violent death, which took place in circumstances still partially shrouded in mystery, was perhaps in line with the existential philosophy of the great intellectual, and could be summed up in the words of the author himself:

“I love life fiercely, desperately. And I believe that this ferocity, this desperation will bring me to an end. I love the sun, the grass, youth. The love of life has become a more deadly vice for me than cocaine. I devour my existence with an insatiable appetite. How will this all end? I ignore it"

6.30 pm: Refreshments

7.00 pm: Symposium

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential: 

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Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Dante Alighieri Society

In collaboration with : IIC, Co.As.It., Comites NSW, NIAWA, GIA

Entrance : Free


Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Leichhardt