Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Zac, Zona Arti Contemporanee, Zisa, Palermo
The waters of the Mediterranean, navigated since ancient times by fishermen, merchants, soldiers and explorers, are a place of meeting and intersection, fusion and socialization, synonymous with prosperity and openness for the civilizations born on its shores, and for those nearby, who turn their gaze to the sea.
Imago Mundi has chosen to dedicate this new exhibition to the Mare Nostrum (Our Sea, as the Mediterranean was known to the Romans), whose ‘our’ aspires to be an expression of belonging on the part of all nations who share this sea, this cradle of Western civilization: from the Middle East, with Palestine and Israel, Syria and Lebanon, to the African coast, with Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, crossing Europe from the far west of Portugal to Greece and Turkey through Spain, France and Italy, with a focus on Campania and Sicily, and beyond, through Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.
The exhibition offers an unprecedented and original contemporary insight into this area with the sea at its heart: the 21 collections, almost 3,500 artworks by as many artists, collectively explore new routes across this sea which in recent decades has also become a barrier, identified with tragedy, despair and death.
Imago Mundi is the non-profit contemporary art project promoted by Luciano Benetton: artists from around the world, established and emerging, take up the challenge of the same medium, a 10x12 cm canvas; to date 20,000 artists from 120 countries, regions and peoples, have become involved in the project. The result is a mosaic of stories, passions, dreams, actions and contradictions, where each work lives by its own light but at the same time is part of a global image.
The Imago Mundi's sicilian artists Gianfranco Anastasio, Linda Sofia Randazzo, Nike Pirrone, Stefania Artusi, Andrea Kantos, Ignazio Mortellaro, Angela Sottile, Alessandro Librio, Stefania Cordone, Ciro Cangialosi, Massimiliano Patrizio Milia, Vera Carollo at the opening of Imago Mundi exhibition - Mediterranean Routes, Zisa, Palermo