Mission to Ethiopia

Priests show part of their collection of manuscripts.

Addis Abeba, February 2019.
Just right before the beginning of Spring I went on a mission to Ethiopia. The aim was to evaluate the state of conservation of some important book collections and to meet the people in charge of their preservation and protection.
My trip was also the occasion to talk to locals about their culture, history and crafts, and to share knowledge and information. It was definitely a constructive meeting that built the foundation for a future fruitful collaboration.

The Conservation of Byobu

Berlin, July 2017 – Last week I was in Berlin again, after almost three years, attending the Workshop on the Conservation of Japanese Screens at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in Dahlem.

One more time I had the chance to meet my teachers from Japan and colleagues from all over the world, and learn about complex objects such as byobu and traditional techniques to built and restore them.

Once again a wonderful and useful experience for both my professional and personal growth.

This five-day workshop is designed for conservators and restorers who already have an advanced knowledge of Japanese restoration and conservation techniques. It is aimed to introduce the basic technique of Japanese paper restoration techniques, the structure of Japanese screens like byobu(folding screen), the analysis of damages on screens through the practical work conducted by Japanese specialists. Applicants are required to have previously taken either “Basics for Japanese Paper and silk conservation” or similar workshops run by Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties such as JPC 2006 downward.”

In the pictures: moments from the workshops; life in Berlin.

The Museum of Islamic Art of Qatar

Doha, June 2017 – I have just returned from my trip to Qatar, my second time in Doha.

I went to Qatar 10 years ago to work as conservator at the Museum of Islamic Art. It was one of the most challenging experiences in my life and surely the most fruitful in terms of what I have learnt about the world.

At that time although the museum was still under construction and it was just an empty space. Today I could finally see it open.

In the pictures: the museum dom from the inside; a view of the city skyline from the museum terrace; me in front of the museum entrance.

A talk in Portugal

Lisbon, March 2017 – On the 9th of March the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon invited my colleague Barbara Cattaneo and me for a presentation on the conservation of paper and photographs along with Luis Pavao, one of the pioneers of photograph conservation in Portugal.

It was a pleasure to meet him and all the participants, to share and compare practice and principles of conservation at international level.
Moreover, we could visit Luis Pavao amazing conservation lab, where he also hosts professionals for trainings and interships.

In the pictures: a flyer of the conference; me and Barbara getting ready for the presentation; visiting the photographic conservation lab of Luis Pavao; Lisbon.

Learning Papermaking in South Korea

Seoul, December 2016 – I recently came back from South Korea where I have attended the workshop on Hanji paper making for foreign specialists held by the Korean Craft & Design Foundation.
My colleagues and I could personally try the Oebal and Ssangbal traditional Korean technique and make our sheet under the expert supervision of very skilful Korean masters.

In the pictures: masters making paper with the oebal technique; the master and me; the group of participants, Korean tutors, teachers and govern representatives.

Re-ORG Conference in Bruxelles

Brussels, October 2016 – Brussels is not far from Amsterdam so I decided to take the chance to attend the RE-ORG seminar on the 29th and the 30th of September.
Lots of ideas and enthusiasm after the final brain-storming!

To know more about the ICCROM RE-ORG project, please visit the following websites:

In the picture: the group of participants.

ICOM-CC PMWG Triennal Conference 2016

Amsterdam, September 2016 – Last week I was in Amsterdam for the ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group Triennal Conference 2016 at the Rijksmuseum.
In the poster session of the conference my colleague Barbara Cattaneo and I presented our reasearch on the physical and aesthetic properties of Hanji and its usefulness in the field of the conservation of photographic prints.

To download a copy of the poster just click here.

Also, a few days before the event we could visit the wonderful Impossible Project factory in Eschede (Netherlands), where instant photography is still alive…

In the pictures: the group of participants; my conference pass; the beginning of the conference; visit to the Impossible Project factory.

Festival of Travel Writing

Rome, September 2016 – In occasion of the IX edition of the Festival of Travel Writing to be held from the 22nd to the 25th of September at the Italian Geographical Society in Villa Celimontana in Rome, I am helping in the installation and mounting of several exhibitions.
The Festival has a rich program of events and is usually attended by a vast audience of travelers, writers, journalists and curious enthusiasts.

In the pictures: visitors at the entrance of the exhibition in 2015; visitors in the reading room of the Italian Geographical Society; Elizabeth Chatwin looking at Antonio Politano’s photographs.

A pleasant discovery in Istanbul

Istanbul, August 2016 – Last week I could visit the paper conservation lab of Serendip Restorasyon in Istanbul and discuss with them about paper and photograph conservation, sharing our knowledge and skills at international level. Indeed a great experience, thank you!
I really hope that we will have the opportunity to meet again soon…
Stay tuned for updates on the topic!

In the pictures: Sükrü Oral and me evaluating some tools; me looking at a photograph; a nice group of people from Italy, Turkey and Pakistan at dinner; the city of Istanbul.