Francesco Diluca

RARICA

CASTELLO MANIACE - ORTIGIA
20th April - 30th September 2024

Rarica, which means “root” in Sicilian dialect, draws inspiration from the sea and its creatures to talk about the interdependence between humans and nature, organisms living in communities, ecosystems, and transformative processes.
With over thirty works including sculptures, immersive installations, land art interventions and videos, Francesco Diluca creates a unique narrative inspired by studies and research into various scientific fields, from botany to marine biology, to discuss the cyclical nature of life.
Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the journey that the Greek poet took from the Underworld to earth in an attempt to save his beloved, the displayed works pass through the aquatic dimension and reach the surface, occupying the iconic locations of Castello Maniace in Syracuse and the Botanical Garden of the University of Palermo.
The artist’s sculptures depict hybrid bodies in transformation activating visual analogies: on one hand, human anatomy, particularly the female body, and on the other hand, complex organisms from the plant and animal kingdom, such as coral colonies, the aerial body of trees, or the networks of mycelium.

In the indentations of Castello Maniace, the works from the Kura Halos, dal greco kura-halos, “ series, named after the Greek kura-halos, meaning “human form,” depict coral-women whose colors range from vivid red, to pink, to white, bearing witness to the coral bleaching process, an increasingly widespread phenomenon in the oceans and a symptom of the ongoing climate crisis. For the Ipostila room of the Castle on the other hand, the artist created the ‘Post Fata Resurgo”, which translates to “after death, I rise again,” an immersive and scenographic installation that simulates a fire, starting from the images of the homonymous performance in which the artist sets the huge sculptures made of metal filament to fire.

Francesco Diluca

RARICA

CASTELLO MANIACE - ORTIGIA
20th April - 30th September 2024

Rarica, which means “root” in Sicilian dialect, draws inspiration from the sea and its creatures to talk about the interdependence between humans and nature, organisms living in communities, ecosystems, and transformative processes.
With over thirty works including sculptures, immersive installations, land art interventions and videos, Francesco Diluca creates a unique narrative inspired by studies and research into various scientific fields, from botany to marine biology, to discuss the cyclical nature of life.
Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the journey that the Greek poet took from the Underworld to earth in an attempt to save his beloved, the displayed works pass through the aquatic dimension and reach the surface, occupying the iconic locations of Castello Maniace in Syracuse and the Botanical Garden of the University of Palermo.
The artist’s sculptures depict hybrid bodies in transformation activating visual analogies: on one hand, human anatomy, particularly the female body, and on the other hand, complex organisms from the plant and animal kingdom, such as coral colonies, the aerial body of trees, or the networks of mycelium.

In the indentations of Castello Maniace, the works from the Kura Halos, dal greco kura-halos, “ series, named after the Greek kura-halos, meaning “human form,” depict coral-women whose colors range from vivid red, to pink, to white, bearing witness to the coral bleaching process, an increasingly widespread phenomenon in the oceans and a symptom of the ongoing climate crisis. For the Ipostila room of the Castle on the other hand, the artist created the ‘Post Fata Resurgo”, which translates to “after death, I rise again,” an immersive and scenographic installation that simulates a fire, starting from the images of the homonymous performance in which the artist sets the huge sculptures made of metal filament to fire.