The exhibition-installation "This is not a Plate" was created by the London based arts production house Moving Universe Productions, directed by Sacha gMullins.
"This is not a Plate" is an international project for human rights, integration and peace education through the arts and the protection of linguistic and cultural heritage.
Through the exposition of 35 ceramic plates, the installation does not merely represent an expression of a material knowledge and traditional craftsmanship highlighting the century old, national artistic culture. The installation is principally a means for preserving cultural heritage of all communities and those at risk of cultural and linguistic cancellation, and a way to celebrate the diversity of peoples’ heritage. For this purpose, each plate bears on it the poem "My Language is My Nation", transcribed on each plate in a different language, even in Tibetan, idiom chosen as the emblem of all languages struggling to express themselves and survive, wherever they are spoken in the world. 35 plates for 35 languages with the explicit intent of nurturing, remembering, healing and uniting people from all over the world.
The installation has been already presented in Nove in 2009 and aims, after the Faenza sojourn, to travel around the world. Complementing the exhibition installation, the project is expressed through various means: the book "This is not a Plate" (Bronze medal winner at the IPPY Awards 2010 in New York, worldwide competition for independent publishers), the "Remember Me" bowl, the Development Labs (Laboratories of discussion/training for educators), the project Remember me Cult, movies on the road in countries reached by the exhibition, Moving Satellite 18-25, the Italian tour of return. During the exposition in Faenza the book "This is not a Plate" will be available in Italian, English, French and Tibetan, and will be translated in the 35 languages of the project.
The initiative, due to its high value and purpose, has already obtained 45 patronages among which the support of the Ministry of Economic Development, of the Emilia-Romagna and Veneto Regions, the Province of Rimini and Vicenza, the municipality of Rimini, Faenza, Venice and Nove, the Confartigianato of Marostica, the AiCC- Associazione Italiana Città della Ceramica, the AfCC-Association Française des Cités de la Céramique, the AeCC-Asociación Española de Ciudades de la Cerámica, the ICC- Italian Cultural Institute in London. An invitation for patronage has also been forwarded to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Video by Alessia Travaglini (Italian filmaker, collaborator of the Moving Universe) and music by Riccardo Cardelli (Italian musician, collaborator of the Moving Universe).