Greetings from Gibellina
Festivals, family portraits, community events, smiles as well as hopes enliven the family photo-albums of Gibellina’s inhabitants. The photographs make it possible to re-live and reconstruct the life of the old town that was levelled by the Belice earthquake in 1968. This catastrophic event not only wiped out the homes of thousands of people, but caused them to flee, to migrate, all over the world but their memories have not be destroyed.
The photographs of Old Gibellina’s inhabitants were found among the rubble and saved by the locals, who today treasure them. Thanks to this iconographic memory they can remember the town that no longer exists and which today, lies beneath the ‘Grande Cretto’ by Alberto Burri.
Thanks to the Start-Art, Memory in Motion project (conceived by the Cultural Association On Image, coordinated by the CRESM Centre for Economic and Social Research for the South, and realized thanks to the "Creative Living Lab Award" 2018 of the Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries - DIBAP of MIBAC) more than 1,000 historical photos have been collected. This mapping involved the inhabitants in the reconstructing memories from the ‘bottom-up’, a collective work rediscovering the past.
At the centre of the project is Palazzo di Lorenzo, a symbolic location, the only tangible and evocative connection between the new town and the old.
The project aims to reconstruct Gibellina’s community memory, to strengthen the ties between people and their sense of belonging and promote inclusion and social cohesion through art and culture.