Italy

Gibellina

Utopia laboratory or ghost fantasma?

Gibellina Nuova was created in contrada Salinella, Salemi, 20 km from the old town of Gibellina, destroyed by the Belice earthquake in January 1968. Senator Ludovico Corrao, former mayor of Gibellina, asked several artists to install works of art in the town.
Alberto Burri, Pietro Consagra, Mimmo Paladino, Arnaldo Pomodoro and others took part in the project. Significant funds were also allocated for the reconstruction. Today many works are being renovated and others have never been completed giving the impression that Gibellina is a partially abandoned surreal place. How do the citizens of Gibellina Nuova live? Particularly the elderly who have left their houses destroyed by the earthquake and the youth who were born here?

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