pictures by Enrico Fedrigoli
Viso-in-aria (face uplifted) is an anagram of visionaria (visionary), a pun from Marco Martinelli's A Midsummer Night's Dream which is a "down-writing" of Shakespeare's masterpiece. And the Ravenna that passes before our eyes in Enrico Fedrigoli's surprising images is viso-in-aria, proud of its roots and its present: industrial architecture and monuments, pinewoods and theatres, the archaic and the technological, places that fluctuate as in dreams.
The photos are interwoven with stories and interviews that delineate the singularity of this small provincial town, once capital of an Empire, today epicentre of what theatre critics have defined "Romagna felix": the 'politttttttical' course taken by the Albe, the flame of Cristina Muti and her Festival, the town theatres, the visual imagination (and everything related thereto) in the words of Cristina Ventrucci and Claudio Spadoni, the iconic glance of Luigi de Angelis and Fanny & Alexander.
Within the frame and at the same time with the exemplary "prologue" of Carl Gustav Jung's singular experience during his visit to Ravenna in the 1920's when, in the Orthodox Baptistery, he saw with his own eyes"a mosaic that wasn't there".
(translation by David Smith)
The authors wish to thank the Commune of Ravenna and EniPower for the concrete support that made this publication possible.
For their much appreciated collaboration: Matteo Ramon Arevalos, Cristina Bonfanti, Bruno Briccolani, Renzo Brunelli, Claudia Busetti, Maria Enrica Carbognin, Sergio Carioli, Marco Cavalcoli, Chiara Lagani, Ermanna Montanari, Giovanni Montanari, Alessandro Morini, Paula Noah de Angelis, Michela Ribul Moro, Fausto Valmori.
For permission to publish the photographs: Ravenna Port Authority, Cabot, Decora, Degussa, Eni Divisione Agip - District of Ravenna, Hera, Hydro Agri Italia, Lonza, Polimeri Europa, Sapir, Setramar, Ravenna Containers Terminal.
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