Assab One is an exhibition space that has been active in Milan since 2002, when it was founded by Elena Quarestani.
It is located in an industrial complex that was previously the headquarters of a well-known printing plant, GEA (Grafiche Editoriali Ambrosiane). Assab One currently hosts exhibitions and events. The Assab One cultural association produces and promotes cultural and art projects.
The name Assab One comes from the building's address, just a short walk from the Cimiano stop on the green line of the Milan subway system. The neighborhood, like many other peripheral areas in the city, is in a process of change, looking for improvement and answers. Assab, the name of an African port, becomes a symbol for a place of exchange among individuals, different cultures and realities. Assab One is both a physical and a metaphorical space, open to the neighborhood and the city, engaged in an ongoing dialogue with artists, initiatives and institutions in Italy and abroad.