- Host: Rebecca Lamoin
- Visual artist: Sam Cranstoun
- Writer: Mary-Rose MacColl
- Photographer: Jacqueline Bawtree
QPAC and Museum of Brisbane present
2018 QPAC International Series
Inspired by Vanity Fair’s bitingly satirical 1930s series Impossible Interviews, this project brings together nine Brisbane residents to imagine a conversation they would like to have with a chosen figure from Italian history.
Real people, historical figures, imagined dialogues
An amazing mix of historical figures were selected to converse with from fields including art, science, religion and politics. Some, like infamous Casanova defy categorisation.
Individually each of these figures led extraordinary lives and come together here for the first time, woven with the lives and imaginations of these nine Brisbane residents to create a sweeping overview of the richness and impact of Italian culture across centuries.
with Saint Agatha, the saint of Siciliy
with poet Dante Alighieri
with painter and architect Giorgio Vasari
with astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei
with Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi
with adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova
with film and stage actress Giulietta Masina
with his Nonno Michele Romano
with politician, journalist and activist Marco Pannella
Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.