Tag Archives: Sicily

Alessandro Squatrito. New reality for old locations

Born on a warm day of November, in Palermo, he grew up surrounded by the beauty of his city. He studied in Palermo, A Coruña and Venice where he concluded the master degree in product design at the Iuav University in 2012 with the project “Nuove realtà per vecchie località” (New reality for old lacations). […]

Eleonora Majorana. conDUCImi

Eleonora was born in Catania in 1984. After graduating in International Communication at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Catania with an experimental thesis titled “Graphic Design: between art and communication”, she has continued her studies in Barcelona at the University Elisava where she has obtained a Bachelor of Arts […]

The current art scene in Sicily

How would you describe the creative identity of Sicilian art? Flexible, open, independent, free of local and provincial restrictions. Through its artists, Sicily nowadays confirms its role of primary importance in the world of contemporary art, thanks to an altogether new ability compared to the past to promote itself and gain a reputation, to frequently migrate to the centre of the action, to take up new challenges and arouse curiosity and interest. Artistic currents and forms of expression mingle and continuously blend, displaying an inquisitive spirit and designer orientation, often shared as part of a creative teamwork approach. From Palermo to Scicli, many young artists have devised no-profit platforms to exchange feedback, productive cells open to both local and international art, often acting as springboards for fruitful endeavours on the territory and innovative outreaches to the wider audience. So everything is OK, then? No, obviously not. The art system is still quite fragile. The result is a Sicily full of life but yet unable to manifest itself, promote art and grow.

Photographers from a multifaceted island

This text proposes once more the introductory essay of the catalogue for the exhibition ‘ The new school of Sicilian photography’, promoted by the Foundation Credito Valtellinese in 2011 and curated by Giovanni Chiaramonte, internationally renowned photographer, author of Sicilian origins but of European tradition and Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo. The ‘school’ refers to the figures and the work of three Sicilian photographers – Carmelo Bongiorno, Carmelo Nicosia, Sandro Scalia – belonging to the generation of authors who were born in Sicily between 1950 and 1960 and who work on the island. The three cover teaching roles at the Academies of Fine Arts in Catania (Bongiorno and Nicosia) and Palermo (Scalia) and they are, literally, the ‘leaders’ in a discipline with strong technical vocation but also visionary poetic accents.