Stills of Peace and Everyday Life Edizione VII - Italy and Japan

Stills of Peace and Everyday Life, now in its seventh year, opens the doors to Japan, a mysterious and fascinating Country, with a millennial culture of great aesthetical and intellectual refinement, where the spiritual dimension is constantly linked to the architectures, the imaginary, the landscapes and the unique traditions characterizing its history.

Stills proposes, as its subtitle affirms, a “research of the sense of contemporaneity”. It is an occasion to get to know each other, to understand different cultures deeply through arts. It tries to accomplish its purposes by offering a comparison which is not only aesthetic, but possibly also able to let us seize the profound beauty of stories, environments and narrations belonging to the other. Contemporary art, meetings, conferences, cinema, photography and collateral projects have the objective of helping the audience (also the youngest one, through the specific project “Stills of Peace for Young”) finding, through art and creativity, the ways to make a deep dialogue with what we – often erroneously – believe to be distant from us.


Ma.Co. / Maratona del Contemporaneo

18 and 19 July, 2020 – Atri (TE)

18 July | Piazza Duchi d’Acquaviva


Opening Stills of Peace Edizione VII Italia and Japan


Inauguration of the exhibitions


19 July | Cortile di Palazzo Acquaviva


Guided tour of Stills of Peace’s locations


Opening Cine Japan curated by Pino Bruni


Projection of Kikujiro, a movie by Takeshi Kitano



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Lights /Spaces – Carlo Bernardini and Kaori Miyayama

18 July – 6 September, 2020
Cisterne di Palazzo Acquaviva – Atri (TE)

Curated by Antonio Zimarino
Open everyday: 10.00 – 12.00 / 16.30 – 19.30 / 21.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday Morning


The exhibition is a match between two essential ways of revealing and building the space we live and move in. These ways were born from different cultures but show the same sensitivity into thinking and perceiving the art experience. Architectures, light constellations and celestial veils make dreams’ light and material tangible, so that the exhibit guides us through different roads, towards a place where “looking” becomes a way to reinterpret ourselves and find unforeseen spaces.


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Gei Sha – Yoko Yamamoto

18 July – 6 September, 2020
Museo Archeologico – Atri (TE)

Curated by Paolo Dell’Elce
Open everyday: 10.00 – 12.00 / 16.30 – 19.30 / 21.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday Morning


For over twenty years, starting from the ‘80s, Yoko Yamamoto has explored, through her feminine eye, the suggestive world of Geisha living in the community of Tokio. Her complex and detailed iconographic study unveils a profound point of view on Geishas, which have been erroneously compared to prostitutes by the common opinion since Edo period (1603-1868). A misinterpretation spread through the arts and nourished by the occidental stereotypes.

The word “Geisha” is composed by two kanji: Gei, meaning Art and Sha, which means Person. A Geisha is a person identified in the aesthetic dimension, educated to artistic representation and languages as dance, music, acting and conversation. The occidental stereotype of “sexual toys” in which these women have been trapped is so far from their real nature. Through her sapient photographic work, Yoko Yamamoto wants to debunk this false and decayed iconography. Her art-pieces highlight the peculiarity of the aesthetic person: that profound dimension of the human being, closer to the beauty and the ontological essence of the feminine.


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Stampe Giapponesi Contemporanee 1946-1993 

18 July – 6 September, 2020
Museo Archeologico – Atri (TE)

Curated by Takizawa Kyoji – The Japan Foundation
Open everyday: 10.00 – 12.00 / 16.30 – 19.30 / 21.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday Morning


The exhibit shows a complete panoramic on visual researches made by Japanese artists from the Postwar period and on their meeting with the shapes of occidental art. If we consider the secular history of printing in Japan, starting from the ukiyo-e in the second half of the XVII century, this exhibition gives us a profound vision of the Nipponese world, between tradition and contemporaneity, with rare images by popular artist.

Artists of the exhibition: Onchi Kôshirô, Hasegawa Kiyoshi, Munakata  Khikô, Murai Masanari, Hamaguchi Yôzô, Ei Kyû, Onosato Toshinobu, Hagiwara Hideo,  Seimiya Naobumi, Hamada Chimei, Sugai Kumi, Komai Tetsurô, Izumi Shigeru, Fukui Ryônosuke, Onogi Gaku, Fukazawa Yukio, Fukita Fumiaki, Yoshida Hodaka, Kusama Yayoi, Ai Ô, Yoshihara Hideo, Shima Kuniichi, Ikeda Masuo, Kanô Mitsuo, Arakawa Shûsaku, Ozaku Seishi, Kimura Kôsuke, Matsumoto Akira, Yokoo Tadanori, Lee Û Fan, Nakabayashi Tadayoshi, Kurosaki Akira, Funasaka Yoshisuke, Kiyotsuka Noriko, Noda Tetsuya, Yanagisawa Noriko, Isomi Teruo, Ida Shôichi, Morioka Kansuke, Hiwasaki Tadao, Morino Mayumi, Hara Takeshi, Kobayashi Keisei, Ikeda Ryôji, Kawachi Seikô, Karasawa Hitoshi, Tatsuno Toeko, Yamamoto Yôko, Yamaguchi Keisuke


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Kusama Yayoi - Stampe Giapponesi Contemporanee

Kensho – Paolo Dell’Elce 

18 July – 6 September, 2020
Palazzo Cardinal Cicada – Atri (TE)

Curated by Mariano Cipollini
Open everyday: 10.00 – 12.00 / 16.30 – 19.30 / 21.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday Morning


Kensho exhibition is meant to be a cognitive, aesthetic and existential pathway through life moments that have become iconic slivers thanks to the language of Photography. It is a way to find again the time and shapes that structure the “sensitive memory” of the author in the Artwork. As one of the artistic languages, Photography becomes the hypostasis of the Artwork (the photographic object), as any other art technique. The practice of looking, its sharpening, gives back mysterious correspondences, instants of identification with the object; it lets us into very profound states of knowledge and consciousness. It allows us to take off all of our cultural prejudices so that we can see and understand things with simplicity. This work begins in the half of the ‘70s through the lens of a reflex, when the author codes his own language between Optics and photographic Chemistry, fascinated by the possibility of focusing an object, making it raise from the indistinct of the light, from its shapeless substance as a visual metaphor of the intuitive process of knowledge. “Seeing” as a comparison between reality and memory, time’s perception, space’s peculiarities and shape as presence are the themes that characterize the expressive research made by Paolo Dell’Elce. The past working years are recalled through forty-five silvery-salts original prints. The exhibit tries to highlight the perceiving of transit as a place belonging to mind and soul, but also the primordial strength of Nature and Beauty as part of the rational human identity, which is also mysterious, ineffable and doesn’t need explanations to be understood.


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Cine Japan

19, 27 July / 3, 24, 31 August / 6 September 2020

Cortile di Palazzo Acquaviva – Atri (TE)

Curated by Pino Bruni
At 21.00


The Japanese Film Festival examines the most successfull directors of the last three decades. The movies give a complete panorama on the different points of view and tendencies in the Nipponese cinematographic world, for a generous look on its contemporary tradition.


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Stills of Peace Edizione VI – Atri, 2019:

Stills of Peace Edizione VI – Roccascalegna, 2019:


Ideazione e organizzazione:

A cura di:

Fondazione Aria

Con la collaborazione di:

Comune di Atri

Con l’Alto Patrocinio della Regione Abruzzo e di:

(Italiano) Consiglio Regionale Abruzzo
(Italiano) Ambasciata del Giappone
(Italiano) Istituto Giapponese di Cultura
(Italiano) Associazione Giappone in Abruzzo
Società Dante Alighieri
Università di Teramo
Università Chieti Pescara

Sponsored by:

(Italiano) Desma
2Alma cis
7Angelucci Trasporti
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio della Provincia di Teramo
(Italiano) Bper Banca
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6Banca san paolo
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(Italiano) GBSAPRI
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(Italiano) Casa&Co.
(Italiano) Metamer
(Italiano) Tasso&Candeloro
(Italiano) GADA