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closed World Heritage: Nature and Human Footprints

The show

It is widely believed that World Heritage is only represented by sites showing monuments and ruins from ancient times. Few know that other buildings and architecture, natural assets, cultural passages and those "intangible cultural heritages", still present and alive, transmitted over generations, which have become identity signs of communities and social groups: oral expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and celebrations, traditional crafts.

Also places and assets, therefore, which bear witness to the traditions and cultures of Man and his creative genius, his interaction with the environment and his architectural constructions, Nature, landscapes, biodiversity habitats.

Among fortified citadels, urban architecture, historic centers and gardens, cultural and spiritual places, monasteries, temples and churches, desert castles and terraced pyramids, deserts, savannahs and forests, the photos portray 39 World Heritage sites : Ait-Ben-Haddou (Morocco), Alcobaça (Portugal), Alto Douro (Portugal), Central Highlands (Sri Lanka), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Anjar (Lebanon), Antigua (Guatemala), Baalbek (Lebanon), Batalha (Portugal), Brugge ( Belgium), Chiloé (Chile), Coimbra (Portugal), Dambulla (Sri Lanka), Echmiatsin and Zvartnots (Armenia), El Jadida (Morocco), Essaouira (Morocco), Fez (Morocco), Galle (Sri Lanka), Haghpat and Sanahin (Armenia), Kandy (Sri Lanka), West Lake (Hangzhou, China), Marrakesh (Morocco), Meknes (Morocco), Ngorongoro (Tanzania), Porto (Portugal), Ouadi Qadisha (Lebanon), Petra (Jordan), Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka), Quiriguá (Guatemala), Quseir Amra (Jordan), Rabat (Morocco), Rapa Nui (Chile), Serengeti (Tanzania), Sigiriya (Sri Lanka), Suzhou (China), Tikal (Guatemala), Valparaíso (Chile), Volubilis (Morocco), Wadi Rum (Jordan).


Added to the exhibition are images relating to 3 elements included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, investigated by the lens of Michele Spadafora. Among these, the Portuguese Fado , the sad and nostalgic folk song of the Portuguese soul performed by a voice that dialogues with one or two guitars, sometimes accompanied by one or two violas. Born in the Alfama district of Lisbon at the end of the Napoleonic wars, Fado (from "fatum") is now sung in the taverns and fado houses of the old part of the city: a man or a woman sings about loves, miseries and of deaths, of pain and desperation, of dark and inescapable destiny.

And again, the Jemaa el-Fna square , symbol of Marrakesh and the popular tradition of Morocco, located at the entrance to the Medina and a meeting point day and night, packed with vendors and stalls, musicians and storytellers, dancers and healers , preachers and soothsayers, water carriers and snake charmers.

And finally Armenia with its "stone cross" or Khachkar , a commemorative stone stele which encloses a finely sculpted cross resting on the symbol of the sun (or the eternal wheel), adorned with rosettes, weavings and vegetal motifs (rarely figures divine or of saints), representation of the perennial tree of life. Once erected it is blessed and anointed, and becomes a religious sign.

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