Fondazione Merz


CALM / Instructions for deactivating the alarm,_Public Program

a program of events on the occasion of Michal Rovner’s exhibition ALERT


10, 17, 18 December 2022  – free admission

CALM / Instructions for deactivating the alarm, is the set of events that the Fondazione Merz is proposing on the occasion of Michal Rovner’s exhibition Alert.

The program has been structured on the basis of a reflection on the contrast of the two terms Alert/Calm.
While Rovner’s exhibition invites us to enter the exhibition space, transformed into an unfamiliar dimension, in which silence and darkness envelop the spectator, the aim of Calm is to take the visitor by the hand and accompany him in the encounter with who represents the stranger and the different from us.


Saturday 10 December 2022 at 7pm
screening of the film Be my voice (2021)
by Nahid Persson, 90 min.

An intense portrait of journalist and activist Masih Alinejad who has urged Iranian women to rebel against the forced hijab. Her call to action has become one of the greatest acts of civil disobedience in Iran today.

Saturday 17 December 2022 at 7pm
book launch of  Il libro della scomparsa by Ibtisam Azem (hopefulmonster editore)
in conversation with Paola Caridi and Giulia Turconi 

Mystery surrounds an unprecedented event: around midnight on a night like any other, all the Palestinians suddenly disappear into nothing. No-one knows what has happened to drivers, labourers, doctors and nurses, young and old. What could happen to the Israelis if the Palestinians were no longer, at the same time, enemy, scapegoat and alibi? What happens when, in one’s own life, the enemy disappears?.

Saturday 17 December 2022 at 9pm
screening of the film 200 metri (2022)
by Ameen Nayfeh, 86 min. 

Ameen Nayfeh, a Palestinian director making his first feature film, has encapsulated the reality of one of the symbolic places of contemporary conflict in the minimal space occupied by a Palestinian family – father and grandmother on this side of the wall, mother and children on the other, in Israeli territory – and extended it to the heights beyond the city, to the spaces patrolled by the Israeli army and crossed by busy and courageous ordinary citizens. The metaphor illustrates the paradox of two nations sharing the same territory, yet divided by unbalanced power relations.

Sunday 18 December 2022 at 11am
screening of the film Zanna Bianca (2018)
by Alexandre Espigares, 85 min.

A wolf cub wanders into the Yukon forests alongside its mother with the perception that everything around him is equal parts wonder and danger. Barely a little older, the cub comes across an Indian chief, Grey Beaver, who recognises in the mother wolf the sled dog that had valiantly helped him in the past and so adopts her and her son, naming the cub White Fang. From that moment on, the little wolf (with a quarter of dog blood) will learn about the world of men, as lovable in the persons of Grey Beaver and his tribe as they are detestable in the person of Smith, a thug who tries to subjugate White Fang with a cudgel in an attempt to turn him into a fighting dog.