closed Utopia.

The show

[u · to · pi: · a] is a photographic project by Carlo Bevilacqua that after exploring the world of contemporary hermits with "Into The Silence", dedicated almost five years to the realization of this journey into the world of "utopias realized" . From India and Singapore to Vancouver Island, in Canada, crossing Europe and the United States, among alternative, spiritual, artistic, hippie, ecological communities but also coming across individual initiatives that embody the utopian spirit of big business. From the eco-spiritual community of Damanhur in Italy to those of Auroville in India and Mandarom in France, from Spirit Land in Wales to the socialist village of Marinaleda in Andalusia, from Christiania, in Denmark, the most famous of the urban hippie communities, in Uzupis the neighborhood of Vilnius artists in Lithuania. It's still. From the examples of the United States such as Yogaville, Twin Oaks, The Farm, Arcosanti, Eliphante and Earthship in Singapore, the city of capitalist utopia to companies that, like that of Mulai that alone planted a forest of 1500 hectares on a island of the Bramhaputra river in India devastated by a flood that of Joop Van Lishout in Rotterdam an artist who developed his poetics on post-industrial utopia.

In 1516, the philosopher Thomas More, most probably inspired by Plato's republic, coined the term "utopia" to describe a society idealized by community principles, which lived on agriculture, produced only for consumption and not for the market, where private property and money is abolished. But what is Utopia today? Are there realities that have been able to translate intellectual abstractions into experience and have really given birth to alternative possibilities of existence based on the qualities of Man? Over the years, many human-scale settlements have been born and developed around the world, in which, not only do they imagine, but experiment, egalitarian societies, micro-universes in continuous evolution whose organization is based on models that try to reconcile a high quality of life to the protection of natural resources with an approach that integrates ecology, education, participatory decision-making methods, alternative technologies and economic projects. Daughters of experiments born as avant-garde phenomena, sometimes evolved in directions different from those initially conceived or abandoned ceased the propulsive push, the "utopias realized" today, less and less relegated to the niches of the alternative movements, are faced with new challenges with different and urgent requests. A renewed desire for "elsewhere" necessarily involves a redefinition of nature and the role of utopia. The words of the American artist Steve Lambert in this regard offer the starting point for a new reflection: "Utopia more than a destination is a direction. The purpose of utopia is to give a direction to be able to progress and not that of "place" to reach. There is implicit the idea of "future", of a future without mistakes made previously, with a new point of view in the compass that guides our journey ... "

Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via Maqueda, 81
90134 Palermo


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