Viva Menilicchi! 2018

Wu Ming 2 + Wu Ming Foundation, Viva Menilicchi!, installation, urban walk
In collaboration with: Fare Ala, Associazione di volontariato Donne di Benin City Palermo, CLEDU, Festival delle Letterature Migranti, Francesca Di Pasquale, Moltivolti, Oratorio Salesiano Santa Chiara, Progetto Ragazzi Harraga

Section: City on Stage

Many places in the city of Palermo are linked to the period of Italian colonialism (1869 – 1945) and its legacy, which is still very much present in the economic interests of Italian companies in Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia and in the flux of migrants who set out from those lands to reach the Sicilian coastline.
Viva Menilicchi! (Long live Menilicchi!) were the words shouted by the socialists and anarchists of Palermo during the demonstration against colonialism in March 1896, one of the first in Europe, immediately after Italy’s defeat in the Battle of Adwa at the hands of the Abyssinian troops of the Negus Menelik II.

On 20 October Wu Ming 2 led a walk through the city, during which various voices combined to recount forgotten stories. More information on the urban walk and the map of the itinerary are available here.

The project is also on view at the Teatro Garibaldi, with an interactive path created in collaboration with the Palermo-based collective Fare Ala.