Jamie Mackay is a writer and translator based in Italy. He is a contributor to VICE, Internazionale, and Il Manifesto among others, and author of The Invention of Sicily, which is forthcoming from Verso.
From his parodies of celebrity culture to his depiction of gender identities, there is still a lot to unpack on the centenary of the film director’s birth
Few other labels could claim to have cultivated such a coherent philosophy over the years: one which unites the pleasure of partying with its darker side
At Museo di Roma, an exhibition of sculptures by Antonio Canova celebrates the sumptuous style as one of the ‘birth-pangs of modernity’
As Italy fights over its ancient past, an exhibition about the lesser-known Severan dynasty carries powerful messages for our present moment
Xenophobia has escalated to ‘emergency’ levels but the most watched music video on Italian YouTube is by a Tunisian-Italian artist
Despite the departure of culture minister Dario Franceschini, who championed foreign talent, hope remains for the country’s famed art institutions
Ahead of Manifesta’s opening in Palermo next summer, the importance of remembering an alternative Mediterranean modernism