Friday 23rd Mar 2018

Invitation to the opening on the 8th of March - 
Dear Friends of Italy, of contemporary art and of science,

This Consulate of Italy is happy to invite you to a new contemporary art event we are supporting, the opening of which will be held on March 8, at 18h00 for 18h30, at the Iziko SA Museum.

Hemelliggaam or the attempt to be here now ( is a project by artists Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler, in collaboration with a group of Italian scientists and musicians living and working in Cape Town. You will find here attached a short press release with some info on the show, which will run at the Iziko SA Museum and in the Company’s Gardens till April 22. As you can see from the invitation flyer, this exhibition will be Hemelliggaam “Chapter One”, since the project will continue in the next few years, with more exhibitions in South Africa and in Europe.

The Consulate of Italy is a proud sponsor of this broad artistic endeavor, which touches also upon the impact on local communities of the SKA – Square Kilometer Array, an enormous international scientific project of which Italy is one of the founding members and main financial contributors.

Our involvement in Hemelliggaam aligns also with the priority given by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to supporting art and contemporary art in particular. Therefore, after our recent partnership with the Investec Cape Town Art Fair and its After Hours Hub, we will keep supporting a series of initiatives that will punctuate the whole year, and for which you will receives invitations in the coming weeks. We hope they will encounter your interest and appreciation!

The upcoming second issue of our Newsletter Il Punto a Capo will summarize the next happenings, in order to provide you with a handy guide to our cultural programming for the next few months.

Hoping to see many of you to the opening of Hemelliggam or the attempt to be here now (Chapter One) next Thursday 8 March (no need to RSVP, just come and enjoy the show and some wine!), I send you my kindest regards.

Alfonso Tagliaferri

OPENING 8 MARCH 2018 18:00 for 18:30  EXHIBITION RUNS 9 MARCH 2018  ~  22 APRIL 2018
Image: SALT, Sutherland, Northern Cape. 2016. Archival Pigment Print. © Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler.

For inquiries, please contact: Lucia Marchetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Museum hours are daily from 10:00 until 17:00

Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now (Chapter one) by Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler is the first chapter of an extense artistic project: a growing visual archive exploring the existential aspects of the humanenvironment-astronomy relationship, using as a starting point the unique case of South Africa. The main photographic and video installation inside the Iziko South African Museum will be accompanied by an outdoor, free exhibition between the trees of The Company’s Garden. The project is contributing to the Roadmap of the History of Astronomy in South Africa, promoted by the National Research Foundation(NRF).

As the curator Filippo Maggia observes ‘Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now explores the almost mystical relationship that binds mankind to the heavens from multiple perspectives: from the point where, lifting one’s gaze over the horizon, the sky begins above the known world, to a point far beyond, where the curious eye of man, carried by science, has taken it. And when science is not enough, the power of fantasy attempts to transport it into a dimension that goes beyond knowledge’ and also ‘working in harmonious symbiosis, Fiscaletti and Grobler produce photographs that present themselves as strict and precise notes of a travel logbook, together with video works that are just as essential, including the choice of an original soundtrack that seems to embody the voice of the places explored.’ 
A collaboration between artists Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler.
Scientific team - Mattia Vaccari, Lucia Marchetti and Michelle Cluver from Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape. 
Sound compositions by Alessandro Gigli.

National Research Foundation (NRF) , Consulate of Italy in Cape Town and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
University of the Western Cape.
Enel X South Africa