Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition

La Biennale di Venezia

May 26th – November 25th, 2018

 InParadiso Art Gallery

Giardini della Biennale, Venezia | 10.00 - 18.00 (closed on Mondays)   

Promoters | Concilio Europeo dell'Arte

Curators |Marco Pretelli, Paolo Faccio, Anna Saetta, Marco Savoia



The original exhibition is located in the exclusive seat of the CEA - Concilio Europeo dell’Arte, InParadiso Art Gallery at the entrance of Giardini della Biennale and it will be opened to the public every days, from Tuesday to Sunday, from May 26 to November 25, 2018. In the exhibition: photos, videos and installation present the cases of five Italian Borghi affected by seismic events: Venzone (earthquake in Friuli Venezia Giulia, 1976), San Felice sul Panaro (earthquake in Emilia Romagna, 2012), Auletta (earthquake in Irpinia, 1980), Amatrice (earthquake in Central Italy, 2016) and Civita di Bagnoregio(earthquake in Central Italy 2016).

Each of these case studies, under the curatorship of professors and researchers of the Alma Mater University of Bologna and IUAV University of Venice, reveals different aspects of how the consequences of the earthquake - sometimes tragic - have been dealt with: the reaction of the affected populations, damage to cultural and architectural heritage, issues concerning recovery, restoration, and reconstruction.

And then the great theme of “resilience”: the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte, projecting into the future, presents this subject in the CEA original project “BorgoAlive!”. It is a concrete occasion for the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte to be an active promoter of the Italian territory and to reactivate the concept of “sustainable revitalization” of these villages.


 To complete the exhibition, we have added a cycle of 6 days of conferences, symposia, meetings and public debates to be held in September, October and November 2018 at the exhibition site – InParadiso Art Gallery and the IUAV University of Venice, under the patronage of F.O.A.V. (Federazione regionale degli Architetti del Veneto). In these occasions it will be discussed the case studies – before and after the earthquake – of the Italian Borghi presented in the exhibition.

The speakers who participate, besides the Fondazione Cariplo, Associazione "I Borghi più Belli d'Italia",  are experts and representative of the Academy, Administration and Industry, personally involved in the initiative of keeping safe and reconstruction of these historic villages.



The title of the Architecture Biennale 2018, Freespace, is an invitation to reflect on the solutions offered from the architecture for the “well-being and the dignity of every inhabitants of this delicate planet”, as the curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara proposed. The concept of Freespace, used inside the original project “Borghi of Italy” is connected to the idea of a free and safe space, where the inhabitants could live without the fear of the earthquake. The main objective is to restart from a safe place in order to re-activate the life of our “Borghi of Italy”.

Since the most intense seismic events are followed by long periods of dormancy, often the passing time dilutes memories, and distances perception, postponing the adoption of concrete measures of safeguarding and prevention, as well as the potential management of future seismic risk.

One often forgets that it is through safeguarding that the “security of the territory” is assured, a precondition along with other basic service, and combats the phenomena of abandonment and demographic decline, and re-launches development processes.

The main objective of the “Borghi of Italy - #NO(F)EARTHQUAKE” exhibition is to raise public awareness about the theme of “keeping safe” the villages in Italy, in which those who live in them, and those who will live in them, can feel free from the fear of an earthquake and to return to live in what are considered - even to the international community - the most characteristic places in Italy.

After a long discussion, five Italian Borghi affected by seismic events and natural calamities have been chosen. Some of these have been almost abandoned in order to create other urban centres, new civitas, far from their place of origin.







In this context, the CEA - Concilio Europeo dell’Arte presents the project “BorgoAlive!” , which projecting into the future collects and shows the public what may be the most accredited best practices to activate the concept of a “sustainable revitalization” and keeping safe the borgo. These concepts are represented throughout photos, videos, explaining panels and the site – specific artwork of Marco Guglielmi.

The idea of a “sustainable revitalization” of a borgo and its territory is possible through the restoration of a symbol of the village. It is a concrete opportunity for the reuse and rebirth of the damaged or abandoned historic centre and the restoration of its urban and historic patrimony. It is an occasion to value the artistic and cultural resources, to raise the opportunities for social and economic growth and the development of tourism of local communities and the repopulation of Italian villages.

It is an exhibition of "what we have been able to do and what we could, or are able to, do" to (re) build the future of our fragile country.


Venzone (UD)

The most beautiful Borgo in Italy 2017, Earthquake of Friuli 2017

San Felice sul Panaro (MO)

We want to restart  the magic photos to get started again, Earthquake of Emilia, 2012



Amatrice (RI)

A village on the ground, Earthquake of Central Italy, 2016

Auletta (SA)

Reconstruction of Parco a Ruderi (Park of the Ruins), Earthquake of Irpinia, 1980



Civita di Bagnoregio (VT)

The village that (does not) die, Earthquake of Central Italy, 2016



The collaboration between the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte and the artist Marco Guglielmi – Reimmortal for the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2018 artistically and emotionally translate the project BORGHI of ITALY - #NO(F)EARTHQUAKE in different auditory and visual installations  dislocated inside the exhibition space. The artwork  "Albero Sonico Destrutturato" is deconstructed and re-proposed in its essential visual and conceptual elements in three different environments, called LifeDeath and Enigma.

The Life room shows a majestic trunk (‘Tronco Sonico’) that visitors are invited to embrace. At each contact, sensors inside the cortex activate and generate rich and soft sounds. The second environment is the Death room with the installation ‘Ramo Sonico’. The reference is to the earthquake that sweeps away all our illusion of power. The living and changing earth is careless of our political and economic geography: properties and confines lose meaning faced with its transformative force.

In the third room - Enigma - the Dimmies descend from the branches of the tree and implant on the ground. As a still image, a Dimmi stands like an Enigma and looks like frozen in the instant before landing. And to the land of Amatrice with ‘Operazione Dimmi Amatrice’ the artist addresses a question that, as he says, “probably has an awkward response.”


Thanks to: Comune di Amatrice, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Fondazione Dino ed Ernesta Santarelli e Associazione Horto Culturale Amatrice Onlus.