Press Release 28/08/14

Press Release 28/08/14

Festival of Contemporary Art moderated by Tahar Ben Jelloun
September 5, 6, 7, 2014
Castle of Lipari: Theatre and former Prison


It opens Friday, September 5, 2014 with the festival Segni e sogni del Mediterraneo, the two-year project Mare Eolie that foresees an intervention in the area of the fortified town of Lipari - commonly known as the "Castle" - to reveal and enhance the historical and cultural elements with a strong sign, characterized by contemporary art.
In the Theatre of the Castle, on September 5, 6 and 7, critics, journalists and artists - moderated by Tahar Ben Jelloun, and with the closing conference by Vittorio Sgarbi Ð will discuss the meaning of art and the relationship between art and its market.
On the last day of the festival, Sunday, September 7, the area of the castle, that of the former prison, will be devoted to contemporary art, with the preview of the exhibition Eolie 1950/2015. Mare Motus which will inaugurate in spring 2015: on display, there will be the works of Matteo BasilŽ, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Ettore de Conciliis with Alex Caminiti, Teresa Emanuele, Ernesto Lamagna, Igor Mitoraj, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Fabrizio Plessi and Maurizio Savini.

Contemporary art and archaeology become therefore, in Lipari, a winning binomial: thanks to the efforts of the association between the companies which were awarded the tender - Syremont, leader, head of architectural interventions and installations, Il Cigno GG Edizioni, which designs and coordinates the exhibitions and events, and arteÕm, responsible for the identity, communication and publishing - the valuable collections of the Archaeological Museum Luigi Bernab˜ Brea and a new centre for contemporary art that will be held in the cells of the former prison will coexist in the same surroundings. The Regional Department of Culture Heritage and Sicilian Identity has in fact allocated an amount of the European funds PO-FESR 2007/2013 to the awareness of contemporary art, with the project "Centre for Contemporary Art in the Archaeological Park of the Aeolian Islands and International Review Aeolian IslandsÓ, of which the Archaeological Museum Luigi Bernab˜ Brea is promoter.

With the preview of the exhibition Eolie 1950/2015. Mare Motus - curated by Lea Mattarella and Lorenzo Zichichi - the former prison cells become 'containers' of works of art - photography, sculpture, video art, painting - the protagonists of the contemporary art scene: Igor Mitoraj and Fabrizio Plessi, previously involved in impressive exhibitions in other UNESCO sites; Teresa Emanuele and Matteo Basilé, interpreters of a similar experience in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; Tahar Ben Jelloun, whose paintings sparkle with Mediterranean colours and vital intensities, clear memories of trips to Sicily; Piero Pizzi Cannella and Maurizio Savini, which transform a place of pain and suffering into a pictorial dream; Ettore de Conciliis with Alex Caminiti who, through their work, transfigure the entrance to the prison in the access to an 'other' place, dedicated to the sea and, finally, the site-specific Ernesto Lamagna.

Technical information

Segni e sogni del Mediterraneo
Moderated by                
Tahar Ben Jelloun
September  5, 6, 7, 2014
Castle of Lipari: Theatre and former Prison
Preview of exhibition            
Eolie 1950/2015. Mare Motus - Preview
Curated by                
Lea Mattarella and Lorenzo Zichichi
Funded by                 
PO-FESR 2007/2013
Region of Sicily, Regional Department of Culture Heritage and Sicilian Identity

Information to the public         
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