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Bologna St.173, Un viaggio a ritroso
Congressi e Festival Eritrei a Bologna
Bologna St.173, Un viaggio a ritroso is a project by artist Muna Mussie that reactivates personal memories, historical and iconographic archives of the Eritrean Congresses and Festivals held in Bologna from 1972 to 1991. Attended by Eritrean diasporic communities from all over the world, these festivals were at the forefront of the armed fight for Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopia since 1961.
At the end of the war, the new Eritrean government, proclaimed in 1993 by President Isaias Afewerki, wished to dedicate a street in Asmara—the capital of Eritrea—named Bologna St., for the recognition of the fundamental role that the city of Bologna had played in Eritrea’s independence movement.