45 Days (Covid-19)

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April, 24th, 2020. It’s now day 45 of my lockdown.

COVID-19 in Sicily has been, so far, not particularly deadly. As of today, in my region, 2.926 positive cases and 213 deaths. Comparing to other regions in Italy, such as Lombardy where, daily, the deaths count is higher, here is like heaven. Life, nevertheless, has been suspended: a bless for a region with a weak health care system.

Sicily has been always appeared to me as Suspended between past and present, with it’s ancients and contemporary ruins.In these days, the suspension is total: people as landscapes and buildings. In my few wanderings, mostly for work reasons, I looked at balconies, the skies above them, windows, walls and closed doors. Fences of our homes, shields against the invisible enemy.

Seeking for traces of lives trapped inside and finding, sometimes, people waiting. Perhaps waiting for me.

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Marco

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Dal 2007 al 2008, a partire da “Fotoavventure” creammo con alcuni amici virtuali tra cui Marco Benna, “Magma”, una gruppo di fotografi che parlavano di immgini e passione per la fotografia. Era impossibile restare sul piano del virtuale quindi ci conoscemmo di presenza a Torinio e poi Marco venne da me a casa a Catania ad agosto 2010. Per divertimento abbiamo fatto un po’ di foto insieme in un assolato pomeriggio agostano che ricordo con enorme piacere…. Poi ci siamo rivisti alcune volte, l’ultima lo scorso gennaio 2018. Una persona gentile, intelligente, ricca di garbo e di cultura. Ora se ne è andato ed io non sono riuscito neppure a salutarlo. Sono davvero addolorato: mi manca il mio amico che da virtuale è diventato reale e che per me sempre tale resterà. Un caro pensiero ovunque tu sia con la dedica di una di quelle foto di quel lontanto agosto siciliano.

Med Photo FEST 2019

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Il mio Suspended sarà in mostra nell'ambito del MED Photo Fest 2019 in due diverse location:

  • Dal 5 al 26 Ottobre presso la Galleria GAM/Galleria Arte Moderna di Catania insieme alla personali di GÉRARD BOISNEL , VERONICA BRONZETTI, MARIA SPERA (Francia) e MARILENA VITA a cura di Pippo Pappalardo. Vernissage il 5 ottobre alle 17:30 - Pagina Facebook dell'Evento
  • Dal 3 al 28 Novembre assieme a CARLOS FREIRE alla Quadreria di Caltagirone. Vernissage domenica 3 novembre alle ore 18:00

Il programma del Festival è molto articolato e prevede Mostre, Workshop, Seminari e letture portfolio e si svolgerà tra Catania, Vizzini, Siracusa, Caltagirone, Augusta e Modica.

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Simulacra in Realmonte – Stiamo a Sud – Foto e video del vernissage

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Ecco alcune immagini ed un video sul vernissage della mia mostra a Realmonte (Agrigento) nell’ambito della collettiva “Stiamo a Sud” a cura di Angelo Pitrone. Progetto in mostra: Simulacra.

Articolo “La Siclia” Edizione di Agrigento, 16 Settembre 2019

Stiamo a Sud
Dal 13 Settembre al 13 Ottobre 2019
Galleria a Sud Artecontemporanea – Realmonte (AG)
Gallerista: Giovanni Proietto
Curatore: Angelo Pitrone
Fotografi e Lavori:
Karmen Corak – Il sogno infinito
Massimo Cristaldi – Simulacra
Giuseppe Cuttitta – Verifiche omaggio a Ugo Mulas
Mario Donato – Il mare racconta leggende
Ezio Ferreri – I fantasmi di Poggioreale
Angelo Pitrone – California ’99
Tano Siracusa – Madagascar 2010, pousse pousse
Martino Zummo – Fine del Viaggio

Musiche per fisarmonica: Maurizio Piscopo
Poesie ed Improvvisazioni: Francesco Riggio, Maurizio Piscopo


Simulacra @Stiamo al Sud, Realmonte, 13 Settembre-13 Ottobre 2019

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Il mio Simulacra sarà in mostra, assieme a lavori di Karmen Corak, Giuseppe Cuttitta, Mario Donato, Ezio Ferreri, Angelo Pitrone, Tano Siracusa e Martino Zummo nell’ambito della mostra “Stiamo a Sud” che aprirà a Realmonte (AG) venerdì 13 settembre 2019.

Vi invito con piacere al vernissage che avrà luogo dalle 20 presso la galleria “A Sud Artecontemporanea” di Realmonte (via Rina 268).

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Suspended on Italian Cultural Institute

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The Italian Cultural Institute of New York has published the exhibition dedicated to Suspended  between the events.
Gravy Studio, Philadelphia 13-27 April 2019 Gravy Studio 910 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia   Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present the Suspended, a series of work by Italian photographer Massimo Cristaldi. Cristaldi says Suspended is a photographic sequence exploring what is far from Mediterranean stereotypes. No winking postcards testifying a collective image of lands full of art and nature. No iconic visions of black dressed mamas, godfathers, and religious fests. Visual sketches, are my landscapes where the city is as old as time and continuous with it. Where every place has been (or is going to be) colonized by man made artifacts.” Cristaldi has been recognized in international photography competitions such as International Photography Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, Travel Photographers Of the Year. Cristaldi has exhibited in solo and group shows and at photography festivals in Europe, US, Canada and Brazil. He is represented by galleries in Belgium and Italy. He lives and works in Catania and Rome. Cristaldi’s photographs are part of the permanent collection of the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY.

Joel Meyerowitz on Suspended

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I had the pleasure, back in 2012, to be one of the authors selected for the Photomed Festival in Sanary Sur Mer. The master of the show was Joel Meyerowitz, a photographer that has always been for me a constant source of inspiration. During the festival I had the pleasure to get in touch with him and I still remember our long discussions in France, about photography and philosophy.

Over the last years we kept writing and exchanging ideas: Joel was always a source of sharp and targeted suggestions helping me in, for instance, for my work Touch Ground.

The following quote is what he wrote me today on “Suspended“, the work that will be in show in Philadelphia from April 13rd. I report here his words, being, of course, authorised in so doing.

In Suspended there is a splendid and tragic feeling of emptiness, if those two could be mentioned in the same breath, and surreal as well. I like the scale shifts you are seeing with the cars, people, the houses, and the sun-blasted and burnt color of the landscapes and buildings. It shows me a kind of painful beauty in desolation, taking us beyond any hope of recovery. This is good work. Congratulations for staying so true.

Joel Meyerowitz, April 2nd, 2019
Joel Meyerowitz, Massimo Cristaldi, Meggie Barrett in Sanary Sur Mer