Messina between art and culture, Adriana’s “other” story: “Enough earthquake victimization”

With a blog and his social channels he tries to show another aspect of the city and of Sicily: “We have nothing to envy to other cities”

MESSINA – More and more often we hear the expression about a Messina who “must be told in a different way”. A long way, which runs from the culture of individual citizens and from a mentality, that of complaints, which must be reset or exploited in order to improve and improve. There are those who are already going down this road, each in his own field. Like the story of Adriana CannaĆ². Graduated in Cultural Heritage, after several experiences in Italy, between Rome and Emilia Romagna, she returns to the banks of the Strait and also uses her skills to do this: tell the beauties of the city and Sicily on social networks, so much on whom it comes from outside and on those who live there and do not know what they observe every day.

It all started with a blog and the desire to discover churches and museums in the capital. Then, with the return to Messina, the site and social channels focused on what the city and the region have to offer. Adriana has no doubts and for her there is nothing to envy to other places in Italy. That’s why it keeps telling, with history, cultural influences, details and enchanting places that the citizens often don’t even know.

How does this aspect of your life come about, wanting to tell the story of Messina and Sicilian art?

Actually, it all started years ago. I never thought I would share art on Instagram. Working as a pastry chef in Rome, I realized that I was never tired enough, just finished, not to look for a church or a museum. I decided to open the blog to which I wanted to give ironic and critical connotations. It was also to show the holes and that not all is gold that glitters.

Then I went back to Sicily and found myself walking around the city and I realized I wanted to do the same. I wanted to show how much Messina has. It has a lot and nothing to envy to other cities. I wish people were more aware of the wealth we have. It is not a parochial discourse, but the reality is that we are not separate from national or international art. Great authors and big names have had to do with the city, only many don’t know them.

Why do you think “many don’t know”? A question of upbringing or mentality, of a Messina that cannot be exploited?

I think both. If children today do not explain the value of what we have, they will continue to think that our heritage is provincial and unimportant. So from a certain point of view yes, it’s a cultural factor, but it’s also true that there isn’t a lot of know-how. Staying rooted in a very closed conception doesn’t help either. I think it’s a big disadvantage of the city. When you begin to understand that you have to open up in a different way, there is no problem: we have cultural and natural riches, stories, legends, nothing to envy. I think it is a cultural problem that has shaped the mindset of the Messina, who underestimate what he has and the beauty of the city.

There is too much closure, we always think “I do mine, you do yours”. There is never a desire to network, while synergies must be created. We would all gain, even from an artistic and cultural point of view. For example, I also worked in Cesenatico. There they manage to strengthen the Adriatic Sea, which in real life does not resemble our sea at all. There, at a campsite, they offered you everything: tickets to museums, trips, even tickets to get on a boat to see the exercises. I’m sorry about this: we don’t have the opportunity, the open-mindedness, to network. Instead of creating cooperation, competition or mistrust arises.

From this point of view, what is the place in the city that you like the most?

They can’t pick just one, too hard. Personally, after working in the bookshop of the Vittorio Emanuele Theater, I am very attached to the theater itself. Then whenever I can I go to the Regional Museum and I am enchanted by Antonello and Caravaggio. And again the Church of the Catalans: even if I run on the street, I take 2 or 3 minutes to walk around it and observe it. I am fascinated by the influence of cultures, which is highly valued elsewhere, such as Palermo. It is very present here. I really like the contamination of other cultures.

What do you dream of for urban art and culture?

Greater awareness. The end of this absurd victimization of earthquakes. It should also be understood that not everything “new” is wrong. New incentives are often found there to reinforce the past. Here, on the other hand, there is a lot of mistrust, while I think of the time of Lucio Barbera or of futurism, when Messina was bursting with vitality artistically and culturally. I’d like to see it shine, bright.

What if you sent a message to your fellow citizens?

The message to the people of Messina? I wish they would look around, instead of saying there is nothing in “Messina”. I’d like you to look around, stroll down the street, look at the churches, come in, ask about it. More observation is needed, but also more care, because this shows an understanding of the value of the city. I would like people to become aware of how Messina came to be what it is today, its history and how much it can give.

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