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clean water / dark water
June 24 - September 30, 2022

curated by Aldo Premoli

Cultural project produced by 
Mediterraneo Sicilia Europa 

 

Civic Museum of Noto

E. Pirrone Contemporary Art Gallery

Corso Vittorio Emanuele 149 - Noto (SR)

The scented water of the Mediterranean has always been sung by artists. But the Mediterranean in the anthropocene is becoming fragile. The works of:

EXCEPT ALIBRIO, MASSIMO ABSENZA, FEDERICO BARONELLO, FRANCESCO BELLINA, GIULIANO CARDELLA, ANDREW CASTO, FRANCA CENTARO, VANNI CUOGHI, GIOVANNA BROGNA SONNINO, FRANCESCO DE GRANDI, FULVIO DI PIAZZA, TOTI GARRAFFA, EMANUELE ELESCO GIUDICE STUDIO, FRANCESCO LAFFRETTA , FILIPPO LA VACCARA, ALFONSO LETO, LOREDANA IURIANELLO, TONI PALERMO, ANTONIO PARRINELLO, LUIGI PRESICCE, IGNAZIO CUSIMANO SCHIFANO, FABIO SCIORTINO, LUCIA SCUDERI, JANO _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136BAD5 VALLEYCAN GIUSEPPE VENEZIANO, GIOVANNI VIOLA. WILLIAM MARC ZANGHI. With the extraordinary participation of the ITALIAN COAST GUARD and GREENPEACE

There are two tracks along which this exhibition develops. The aesthetic one that contemplates the wonder of which the Mediterranean is capable and that - by no means less important - of the stress to which the sea is subjected due to the increasingly strong anthropization. Thus the beauty of the seascape, sung by artists of all ages, today becomes increasingly inseparable from the ongoing migratory and climatological crisis in the mare nostrum. The fragrant water of the Mediterranean, the one that attracts travelers from all over the world, cannot make us forget its fragility . 
We know that the four key indicators of climate change - greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean warmth and ocean acidification - all set new negative records over the course of 2021. The global average temperature has risen by about 1.11. ° C producing exceptional heat waves: in Syracuse in 2021 the European record was recorded (48.8 ° C). Over the past year, drought has hit many parts of the world, including the Horn of Africa - where it continues to grow relentlessly. At the same time, extreme events of another type are on the rise, first of all the floods: last July Western Europe suffered never before recorded floods. The sea is progressively damaged: it absorbs   23% of the annual emissions of CO2 of anthropogenic origin released into the atmosphere, in contact with water the latter leads to acidification and the pH of the marine surfaces   is currently the lowest in the last 26 thousand years ... We also know what other factors are altering the balance of the (dark) waters that surround the planet.   These are the sediments produced by the waste resulting from the senseless productions for which human beings are responsible. Fishing and transport negatively affect the chemical composition of marine waters. Just as intensive agriculture discharges streams of pesticides and fertilizers into rivers, tons of industrial products float adrift or settle on the seabed. To defend the Mediterranean, it is necessary to be aware of the   problems that afflict it: exactly what this exhibition is trying to do.  The exhibition is designed to be accessible to an audience aged between 3 and 100 years. To this end, the curator Aldo Premoli asked his artist friends to take a stand on these events. More than thirty answered. And everyone did it in his own way: with painting, sculpture, video or photography. To them there were gradually some generous collectors And then the Coast Guard and even Greenpeace. It is a precise sign: no one is indifferent to these issues anymore. Which have become unavoidable: together with the ongoing war it is these   that cause a cold shiver to run down the back of each of us ... In the mezzanine of the building that houses the gallery, the Underwater section is dedicated to the extraordinary images created by two Catania underwater photography champions. Loredana Iurianello and Toni Palermo made them on the seabed of the Sicilian Ionian coast where the underwater fauna struggles for survival in an increasingly man-made environment. Alongside films and shots taken in depth an image of Salvo Alibrio made in the Sicilian mountains after a violent storm: an isolated tree struggles not to be submerged ... There are many Sicilian artists present in this collective, but they are not the only ones . In the large hall of the Galeria on the upper floor there are paintings by Francesco De Grandi, Fulvio Di Piazza, Giovanni Iudice, Emanuele Giuffrida, Francesco Lauretta, Giuseppe Veneziano, Giovanni Viola and William Marc Zanghi. Together with the abstractions of Toti Garraffa, Alfonso Leto, Ignazio Cusimano Schifano and Giovanni Sciortino. Vanni Cuoghi from Bergamo, on the other hand, offers two superbly crafted three-dimensional paintings and Luigi Presicce from Lecce, one of his disturbing and colorful bathers. The female presence here is made up of an extraordinary canvas by Alice Valenti and two thoughtful watercolors by Lucia Scuderi and three large fabric panels by Rossana Taormina. At the center of the hall arrive the sculptures of Filippo La Vaccara, the "irons" of Iano Sicura, the ceramics of the American Andrew Casto and those from Elica Studio and Giuliano Cardella from Brescia, the latter artists belonging to the Queer world, the latter selected by Paolo Perrelli by Spazionoto. Then there are (but without any compartmentalisation) the  straordinario works by photographer-artists such as Massimo Assenza, Federico Baronello, Francesco Bellina, Giovanna Brogna Sonnino, Franca Centaro, Antonio Parrinello and the newcomer Graziana Toscano who   the waters (in this case those of the human body) photographed them inside a hospital ward. The films granted by the Coast Guard and Greenpeace are also of great documentary interest.


MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATION SICILY EUROPE - IN THE FIRST LINE TO FIGHT POVERTY. It chooses Sicily as the starting point for carrying out all its activities inspired by the principles of mutuality, democracy, community spirit, interaction and social integration. The Association aims to contribute to overcoming discrimination based on race, wealth, culture, religion and sexual orientation through projects to combat extreme poverty, training and study projects for minors and non-residents and migrants, contemporary art exhibitions, conferences and publications. It focuses on culture as an instrument of enhancement and revitalization of the territory. It aims to spread the artistic practice and increase the participation of civil society.

 

Information:

Dates 24 June - 30 September 2022.

It can be visited every day from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00.

Entrance:

  • single full ticket: € 10.00;

  • single reduced ticket: € 7.00, groups of 6+ people and over 65s;

  • single reduced ticket: € 5.00, students and residents;

  • ticket Medieval section and "E. Pirrone" gallery full price: € 4.00;

  • reduced ticket Medieval section and gallery "E. Pirrone": € 3.00, groups of 6+ people  e over 65;

  • reduced ticket Medieval section and gallery "E. Pirrone": € 3.00, students and residents;

  • full augmented reality ticket: € 8.00;

  • reduced augmented reality ticket: € 5.00, groups of 6+ people  e over 65;

  • Reduced augmented reality ticket: € 4.00, students and residents.

Beneficiary categories of free admission:

  • Journalists registered in the order after accreditation;

  • Tourist guides duly authorized to practice the profession;

  • ICOM (International Council of Museum) members;

  • Tourist interpreters when their work is needed alongside the guide, by showing valid  license, issued by the competent authority;

  • Disabled and invalids recognized by law and an accompanying person;

  • Accompanying teachers of students of educational institutions of all levels, public or private, duly booked and authorized by the school head;

  • State and political personality in official representation.

Contacts:

www.mediterraneosiciliaeuropa.org

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