Terre da vivere (Lands to be inhabited): The heritage of the Sibillini Mountains beyond the earthquake
The beauty of the Sibylline Mountains has been immortalized in a number of films, including Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Franco Zeffirelli, who captured its sacredness and uniqueness. But the 2016 earthquake had a devastating impact on the Monti Sibillini national park, compromising its use and environmental conservation strategies.
To make known the geological and natural heritage of these lands before the profound alterations caused by the earthquake, we relied on the documentary power of photography, which has captured all the beauty of the Umbria-Marche Apennines. Castelluccio and the Grande Piana on which it stands, Mount Vettore, Pian Piccolo, Pian Grande, Pian Perduto, all have a high environmental value, not only from the natural aesthetic point of view, but also due to the presence of faunal and woodland biodiversity.
An exemplary case is that represented by Lago di Pilato, for which the worst was feared: after the news of its disappearance, biologists have shown that the precious ecosystem is safe despite modifications to the subsoil. Professional and amateur photographers living in these places organized the exhibition Sibillini, terre da vivere (The Sibylline Mountains, lands to be inhabited; Osimo, 14 February-19 November 2017) organized by the Circolo Fotografico AVIS M. Giacomelli BFI and by the photographer group La Notte, both from Osimo, presented at the Istituto Campana per l'Istruzione Permanente.
Through their photographs one can see landscapes and countries and get to know an endangered heritage. There were no photographers, however, who wanted to compare the before and after, a choice dictated by diffidence in the face of the drama and pain, and of the need to abandon the territory, because as Henry Cartier Bresson wrote, taking pictures is to put the head, the eye, and the heart on the same line of sight.
The very title of the exhibition underlines the intention to collaborate in the rebirth of these lands to be inhabited: the exhibition thus provided an opportunity to promote a fundraising carried out through the sale of the works exhibited, the proceeds of which were donated to one of the crater's municipalities, selected by the Rete Museale dei Sibillini. Established in 1988, the photographic club Circolo Fotografico AVIS "Mario Giacomelli" Osimo has become a very active reality in the panorama of citizen associations, counting more than 150 members today.
The Club has a rich digital and analogical archive, in the process of reordering, to be made available to users as soon as possible, and which is to represent an instrument of historical and scientific knowledge for the Apennine territory. Authors who presented works for the exhibition: Simone Agostinelli, Elisabetta Aquilanti, Andrea Barchiesi, Stefano Belli, Simone Bolognini, Cesare Bora, Manlio Bottegoni, Franco Carlini, Domenico Di Cola, Cristiano Esposto, Luca Galluzzi, Carlo Lupetti, Carlo Maccioni, Daniele Manzotti, Sauro Marini, Valter Matassoli, Adriano Menghini, Serenella Osimani, Alberto Pacini, Tito Picotti, Giuseppe Pierdicca, Claudio Silvestrini, Maurizio Silvestrini, Massimiliano Spinello, Sauro Strappato
Mauro Bassano, Il passo del lupo, Bologna, Minerva Edizioni, 2016
Paolo Castelnovi, , a cura di Il paesaggio e il parco dei Monti Sibillini, Parco nazionale dei Monti sibillini, Ancona, Annibali Grafiche, 2002
I monti sibillini, a cura di Giorgio Tassi, Azzano San Paolo (BG), Bolis, 2015