Curatorial Lecture ‘Tales from two cities’ by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli copyright Fred Ernst OMA 3

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli will focus on Manifesta 12 in depth, starting from Palermo Atlas as a pre-biennial investigation on Palermo and on the film Riders Not Heroes.

Riders Not Heroes investigates the precarious conditions of food delivery riders in Milan. It makes the case for riders as essential workers, lying at the intersection of platform capitalism, gig labor, refugee crises, and COVID-19.

The city as a territory of multiple conflicts and potentials is the common thread to both works.


Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is an architect and curator based in Milan. He is the founder of the interdisciplinary agency 2050+. Since 2017 He has been teaching at the Royal College of Arts in London. Pestellini is currently curating the Russian Pavilion at the 2020/2021 Venice Architecture Biennial. Between 2007 and 2020 he has worked as an architect and partner at OMA.

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