Minted in Enemy Bronze represents a premiere of a decade long research project by artist Justin Randolph Thompson. Supported by an Italian Council grant in 2021, with chapters of the film presented at Museo MADRE in Naples and MUCEM in Marseille, this exhibition is the first institutional solo show by Thompson in Italy. The exhibition presents a dozen recent film works dedicated to the excavation of Black histories in Italy developed through dialogues and exchanges with Black scholars, artists and activists at sites that carry atmospheric tension.
Thompson is Research Fellow at the British School at Rome over the past three years and this exhibition represents the closing of this cycle, which has facilitated the development of this body of work.
As co-founder and director of Black History Month Florence and The Recovery Plan, the project is embedded with an elaboration of the methodologies, research and histories that are embedded in these cultural hub dedicated to the centering of Blackness in Italian history.