Art and culture


Satellite images as art in Malindi

The "Looking beyond" exhibition opens at the museum on Tuesday

19-02-2023 by Leni Frau

A 'space' exhibition, like a personal painting, arrives at the Malindi National Museum thanks to the Italian Cultural Institute of Nairobi.
It is "Looking beyond", a collection of satellite images acquired by the Italian COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation curated by Filippo Maggia.
On Tuesday afternoon at 5pm, the exhibition will be inaugurated in the presence of IIC director and museum curator Doris Kamuye.
Through a series of images acquired by the Italian COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation owned by the Italian Space Agency and the Italian Ministry of Defence, the project offers an opportunity to reflect on the contribution of satellite technologies to Earth observation, the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of the natural and cultural heritage, while at the same time giving us previously unseen images that appear to be genuine works of abstract art.
The exhibition, realised by the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System, is part of the initiatives for the integrated promotion of Italy and Made in Italy and, in addition to Kenya, it has been exhibited in over 50 countries, in conjunction with and following the celebration of National Space Day on 16 December.

In his preface to the exhibition, Minister Antonio Tajani stressed "The Looking Beyond project bears witness to our approach to an increasingly integrated promotion of Italy, which enhances its economic, scientific, technological and cultural dimensions. The exhibition will be a further opportunity to present and share an Italy at the forefront and consciously committed to putting science at the service of peace, security and prosperity on our planet. We are proud of the commitment of the network of scientific and space attachés and experts working abroad in the diplomatic-consular offices and at the Italian Cultural Institutes, and in partnership with Italian companies'.

According to Giorgio Saccoccia, President of the Italian Space Agency: "The Looking Beyond exhibition, which the Italian Space Agency has strongly supported, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Telespazio SpA/e-GEOS, helps us to extend our view of the world. We are confronted every day with the widening horizon of possibilities, represented by major space exploration missions, the development of new technologies for Earth observation, the upgrading of infrastructures, and innovative space services for an increasingly wide range of economic sectors. In all these fields, space Italy is a protagonist."

Luigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio stressed, "The images are the result of the most cutting-edge radar from the COSMO-SkyMed satellites, processed by e-GEOS. Today, thanks to the combination of remote sensing satellites and high-tech instruments on the ground, we are able to know a great deal about the state of the planet's health: we monitor glaciers, the temperature and pollution of the oceans, air quality, and we can track the movements of wildlife to preserve ecosystems. Satellite data allow decisions to be made that reconcile the interest of the individual and the common good."

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