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photos by Giacomo Giannini

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photos by Giorgia Benazzo and Romina Aliaj

Milano Cina


curated by Do Knit Yourself for NABA
Academy of Fine Arts – Fashion Design and Design departments
on the occasion of Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011, as part of POSTI DI VISTA design sensibile

April 12 - May 7 2011


On the occasion of the 50th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, FDVlab in collaboration with Milan City Council, organizes POSTI DI VISTA design sensibile. Viafarini takes part in Posti di Vista initiative by presenting at the Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano Cina an exhibition of the projects realized by the students of Fashion and Design Courses of NABA Academy of Fine Arts.

The exhibition represents the prosecution of the project Milano Cina - Un?esperienza di design, a project of window dressing the involved via Paolo Sarpi during the 2009 and 2010 editions of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, curated by do-knit-yourself in collaboration with NABA.
The exhibition at Viafarini describes the commixture between different experiences realized in the showcases of via Paolo Sarpi, and addresses not only to the design insiders, but to a wider audience as well. Made in China objects will be put side by side to Italian manufacts draw from the district, with an analytical and comparative approach, thanks to a photographic survey by Giacomo Giannini.

The area surrounding via Sarpi, located in the Milanese historical centre nearby the Fabbrica del Vapore, represent a relevant settlement of the Chinese community in Italy, dating back to the 20?s and originally linked with the silk fabric processing. Nowadays the area still represents the largest Chinese community in Italy. Unlike other similar metropolitan districts, the 90% of the residents of the so-called Milanese Chinatown distric are Italians. Over the past fifteen years, however, the district has undergone major changes, especially from the productive and entrepreneurial point of view. Over the last years, Chinese merchants have replaced their Italian colleagues, and now the Chinese community runs a wide network of shops, small laboratories and agencies, especially focused in the wholesale market. Milano Cina exhibition is an attempt to establish a contact between Milanese and Chinese cultures, that co-exist sharing the same urban space, but rarely have the chance to collaborate, often acting on parallel planes without communicating with each other. This edition will present a project of requalification of public green spaces in the new pedestrian area of via Sarpi, curated by NABA, with the contributions of young pupils of the school located in via Giusti.

In collaboration with NABA Academy of Fine Arts and with the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo and Gemmo spa.


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