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The show

"What if this is all real?" lands in Palermo in the prestigious headquarters of the Cavallerizza of Palazzo Sant’Elia. Another proposal with an international scope for the Arionte Arte Contemporanea Gallery, which has been operating in the area since 2003, with high-level projects focused on the comparison between great historicized masters and young artists.
Giacomo Fanale, curator of the exhibition, writes in his catalog text: Flaminia Fanale offers the user in a captivating way, seducing the public with its frames whose rendering borders on the pictorial work, in which one recognizes a certain familiarity with the surrealism of Salvator Dalì, where everything is understood as inside a frame in which it is established a precise order of vision, and in which an image of unquestionable charm is described.

The Black Rock City, of which Flaminia depicts with a personal creative dimension, those unreal aspects as much as they are diaphanous. As his experience, of an unconscious interpretation of reality that takes shape, almost as if it were a tangible reality, in an idealized vision undoubtedly aroused by environmental conditions, by the sand storms of the Nevada desert and by the fiery temperatures in which the event takes place. But in particular from the condition of absolute feeling of creative freedom outside of any constraint, but also from every convention that involves all the participants, and characterizes every present artistic creation.

Not least from the awareness that everything has an end, as in real life, but in this specific case not only a temporal goal as close as ever, but that in concluding brings with it all the valences and illusions of absolute freedom from dependence as from the conditionings of mind and reason.

What would happen if all this were real? the Sicilian photographer asks. Burning man is a social experiment in which barriers fall. Everyone is invited to participate in a journey of discovery that leaves lasting and unrepeatable traces of which Flaminia, as an acute observer, captures movements and energies that originate and are consumed within the city. In a real world without physical and mental boundaries, freedom is the only possible value in a society that is able to bring out the potential of everyone, connecting man to nature and spirituality.

Burning man is a vision in the desert, the "fata morgana" of Sicilian derivation, the mirage that rises in the distance and that lasts ten days and then disappears forever. The veil drops, the show ends. See you at the next edition.

Daniela Brignone describes Burning Man as an explosion of colors, an unreal oasis, fantastic characters protagonists of stories. Burning Man is the festival that takes place in the Black Rock desert in Nevada since 1991 and that every year sees the participation of almost 70,000 people from all over the world. Password is freedom of expression, thanks to which each participant tells his own dream world. A cathartic experience in a border area, a

non-place that lives in the contradiction of being a system where precise regulations exist within an unexpected and surprising scenario on which a dimension of precariousness hovers that the Palermo photographer, Flaminia Fanale, manages to reproduce through bold shots, light and colors . Structural and human cathedrals arise from nothing, in a realm of illusion without space and timelessness. Each photo becomes a document of a town that is destined to disappear, of transitional architecture that testifies to the events and the extravagances of temporary inhabitants and of a creative process destined to burn, physically and metaphorically, quickly.

Works on display

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Via Maqueda, 81
90134 Palermo


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