Work for renewal of Palermo's Vucciria

Messina-born artist's exhibition at Bio-Med Cluster

15 September, 16:58

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, SEPTEMBER 15 - The Bio-Mediterranean Cluster of Expo Milano 2015 set aside a week of events for the protection and promotion of the Mediterranean diet, during which the Messina-based artists Dimitri Salonia and Lidia Monachino created a large painting focusing on the subject and on Sicilian markets. The Mediterranean diet has been recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The events were organized in collaboration with the agriculture ministry. The painting has been donated to the Sicilian regional government, which it is keeping it in the Bio-Mediterranean Cluster and which it will later put inside the agriculture department. Salonia said that the Salonia Foundation had concentrated its efforts on reviving the island's markets as well, by ''making an artistic installment with the help of the regional government at the Vucciria market, in order to highlight the state of the markets and try to renew them.'' Sicilian Bio-Med Cluster chief Dario Cartabellotta was present at the performance. ''Maestro Salonia,'' he said, ''is doing great work in representing Sicilian markets such as Vucciria and Ballarò, which are the prototype for all Mediterranean ones. The markets, as depicted by Maestro Salonia, are the best way to rekindle trust between producers and consumers.'' The artist's works were also praised by Professor Vincenzo Russo from the IULM University, who said that ''Vucciria no longer exists. We must renew it and bring back traditions. This is why we will support Maestro Dmitri Salonia's project and that of his foundation.'' (ANSAmed).

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