Palermo/
Manifesta 12.

Palermo, May 18, 2018.
Type—Collective exhibition
Curator—Video Sound Art
Media—Printed, Video
Exhibition—Manifesta 12
Year—2020

Type—Collective exhibition
Curator—Video Sound Art
Media—Printed, Video
Exhibition—Manifesta 12
Year—2020


Palermo, May 18, 2018.

The boys are busy gathering wood for their neighbourhood blaze, a mountain of old things to burn but also a primitive architecture to build and a tower to observe from. Their fire is the highest in Palermo and nobody can turn it off because the oranges are ammunition and the boys are ready to fight. The ritual of “vampa di San Giuseppe”, coinciding with the transition from winter to spring, is a testimony of the passage of pagan elements absorbed by the territory and made significant according to the Christian cult. The fire represents the destruction of all that anguishes the community, but it is also a regenerator, a promoter of the welfare of crop and man. This ancient practice is poised between tradition and legality, being considered dangerous for the city. For this reason it is carried out by underage boys, who can't be prosecuted.

©2020 Francesca Ferrari