Viaggio alla scoperta dell'arte clandestina siciliana


The term Outsider Art is used to indicate spontaneous and original works of art produced outside the established cultural and art scenes by solitary and eccentric authors, who live at the margins of society either by chance or by choice. It is a distinctive phenomenon of Sicily’s culture, where premodern elements, such as the residual peasant one, live side by side to the postmodern condition, without dissolving into it. It is an unresolved issue. The life histories of these Sicilian outsiders tell of events of uprooting, migration and return, of belonging and its opposite, of a real and subversive fusion between life and art. The impossibility of integration in foreign contexts, and the imbalances of modernization, are possibly behind these spontaneous creations that compose a map of surprising genius loci on the island, no less authentic or significant than those of the official art world. The sites of this outsider art are the open environment, collections and museums, the homes of artists. These sites are found in various parts of Sicily (Palermo, Castellammare, Sciacca, Caltagirone, Messina…). The spontaneous expression of self-taught artists becomes the focus of an itinerant journey that traces the route of Sicily’s outsider art. It will be a journey that will touch all the corners of island, sometimes in completely unexpected ways.


Ruggero Di Maggio, director and producer for documentaries. Graduate in History of cinema at University La Sapienza Rome and in Documentary film direction at ESEC Paris.


  • 2013 “Metropolis Palermo” reportage Arte Producer
  • 2012 “Ogni santo giorno” doc. 52’ Director
  • 2006 “Giovanni e il mito delle arti visive” doc. 20’ Director
  • 2005 “I pericolosi La rivoluzione gentile” doc. 26’ Director
  • 2004 “Le dernier Parrain” doc. 52’ Coproducer ARTE, ARD, RTBF, VRT, ORF, TSR

Festival & Awards

  • Corto! Italia! (Germania Audience Award)
  • Lisboa Cine Eco (Portogallo “Camacho Costa” Award & Best short film)
  • 7th International Izmir Short Film Festival (Turchia Best international documentary)
  • Murgia Film Festival (Special Mention/Ambiente Award)
  • Jonio Educational Film Festival (Best documentary)
  • Concorso d’impegno civile Porto San Giorgio (Best documentary)
  • Asolo Art Film Festival (Best actor)
  • Yasujiro Ozu (Jury Award)
  • SHORTini (Audience Award)
  • NonsoloBarocco (Press Award, Critics Award & Jury Special Mention)
  • Interfilm Berlin (Germania)
  • Tirana International Film Festival (Albania Special Mention)
  • Film Festival del Garda (Best Short film)

Gabriele Gismondi, author, director and editor for promotional videos, reportages and documentaries for Web and TV. Graduated in Audiovisual Techniques at the DAMS (University of Bologna), co­author of Palermo Documentary Festival (2007) of Palermo, under the patronage of the Province of Palermo. Editor and screenwriter for "The Green Ray" (national campaign for organ donation, 1st prize "Franca Pellini" for Best National Organ Donation spot). From 2006 to 2013 worked as director and editor for audio­video productions, institutional films for organizations such as Institute of Vine and Wine, Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies, Sicily Transplant Center, Fondazione Teatro Massimo, Palermo Teatro Festival, Set Associated Artists, Sicilian Theatrical Circuit, Mon Amour Film, LED Engeneers, Municipality of Palermo. At present (2013) author and director of short documentaries series for the web and TV: "Sicily unveiled", "Palermo unveiled", "Lampedusa day by day". Collaboration with RUPTLY TV GmbH (Germany), Compass Light (USA), Play your Tuscany (Fondazione Sistema Toscana) and Sicily lapse (Italy).



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CLAC is a cultural enterprise established in 2003 in Palermo. Its aims are the design, organisation, promotion and production of cultural and artistic projects. The idea and motivation behind it are the result of the need to improve the island’s quality of life and the desire to open creative and cultural spaces. This is done by working in an honest and professional manner with local authorities and those enterprises that are interested in supporting cultural activities. For this reason, CLAC considers cultural production as the capacity to operate at different levels and on different, intersecting planes, valuing the complexity of projects and the multiplicity of competencies. CLAC believes that professionalism, respect for the common good, and creativity in the cultural world are the basis of the possible development of the Sicilian territory. We work at the intersection of cultural production, activism and social innovation. We are involved in projects that support a diffused entrepreneurship in the socio-cultural context, in networks that debate and analyse contemporary forms of work, in projects that revalue heritage, in co-participatory activities.


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Castellammare del Golfo

It’s a typical seaside village with an attractive small port, and various cafés and restaurants in the alleys. It owes its name to the arab norman castle, which now has been restored and converted into a museum centre. In the inside can be visited: the Museum of Water and Mills, the Museum of Production, the Archeological Museum and the Museum of Maritime Activities. This small town is used as a strategic point to visit others wonderful seaside resorts as, for example, Scopello and Riserva dello Zingaro.


Palermo, once been part of United Arab Emirates, still carries signs of the role it had over the centuries: that of being a crossroad between East and West. The city, divided between extreme beauty and deep decadence, has a unique atmosphere. Cultural and architectural wealth is endless: copious monumental churches, the Serpotta’s stuccos, the byzantine mosaics of the Palatine Chapel and of the Monreale's cathedral, liberty theaters and buildings, folkloristic markets, Cala’s touristic port, Mondello’s beach, the Botanical Garden, one of the most rich in Europe. These are some of the things that make the city one of the destinations that cannot be missed.


This baroque elegant small town in the province of Catania is famous for its potteries, produced since more than a millennium. The main and most important attraction of the city is the the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte: it leads to the namesake church and it is composed by 142 steps, each adorned with a different hand-painted pottery. This staircase is at the center of the San Giacomo’s appealing celebration, at the end of july, during which it is illuminated by 4000 oil lamps. Must watch the Ceramic Museum, the Pupi’s museum and the Modern Art Museum, which gathers in the inside a large sicilian art brut collection.


It’s the first stop-over for those who come by sea to visit Sicily. Its port is among the first of Italy. The city was almost totally destroyed in 1908 by an earthquake and in 1943 by the bombings. The rebuilding was focused more on safety than appearance; nevertheless the city offers precious monuments, like the Cathedral with its complex astronomic clock. You cannot miss the Regional Museum containing works by Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio, the small village Ganzirri with its small lakes and sea food restaurants, and, in the nearby, the Taormina’s Antique Theater, a touristic jewel of the island.


Its name comes from “xacca”, which is the arabic word for “water”. In fact greeks founded it as a Selinunte’s thermal baths center and still today Sciacca’s hot springs and mud baths, considered among the most efficient in the world, attract more and more researchers and tourists. Apart from thermal baths, you must visit Sciacca for the Mount Cronio, from which sulfurous sources grow, for the clear water of the sea, for the fascinating magical Castle of Filippo Bentivegna, one of the most important sicilian “outsider” artists in the world, and for the famous Carnival floats’ parade.

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