Spoken Word and Storytelling: Santa Franco's "Donne di Tusa"

On August 12, 2015 Tusa Nero su Bianco hosted a night of storytelling, Donne di Tusa: Storie al Femminile tra Realta' e Narratione, in which Santa Franco recounted the oral histories of the women of Tusa stemming from collected stories and texts of her own and those by Alfonsina Bellomo and Daniela Tasca. Through spoken word and narration, with musical interludes by a group of local musicians, a series of stories were told that illuminated the often overlooked and forgotten stories of the lives of anonymous women. Stories both tragic and joyful, these stories, presented by the enthralling Santa Franco - who, like a medium gave voice to these departed souls, painted a raw and intimate picture of the human condition from the female perspective.

Book Presentation: Pino Toro and Nuccio Vara

On August 11, 2015, Tusa Nero su Bianco hosted a book presentation of Pino Toro and Nuccio Vara's book, Palermo nel Gorgo. L'Autunno della Politica e la Scelta di don Puglisi.

Palermo nel Gorgo is the tragic legend of don Pino Puglisi and the tumult that took over Palermo in the early 90s. Not only a nostalgic look back to a moment in time but above all this story serves as a critical reflection of today’s political climate which has led to disillusionment and crisis within the anti-mafia movement and the social and political left, as evidenced in current political scandals and the general decline of the Sicilian region.

Book Presentation: Franco La Torre

On August 8, 2015, Tusa Nero su Bianco hosted author Franco La Torre, anti-mafia activist and the son of Pio La Torre, killed by the mafia in 1982. La Torre presented his newly-released book, Sulle Ginocchia, La Storia di Pio La Torre which recounts the story of his father, who worked tirelessly to expose the links between the mafia and the State and to bring to light the guilty parties and shady dealings within the city of Palermo - for which he paid with his life.

Artists' Presentation: Due South

On August 8, 2015, Tusa Nero su Bianco held an Artists' Presentation of the International Curatorial Project of Marianne Bernstein, Due South. A participating artist of Due South, Serena Perrone, served as emcee and translator.

Due South is an international curatorial project conceived and curated by Marianne Bernstein, the second in a quartet of artistic investigations into volcanic islands: Due North (2014- Iceland), Due South (2017-Sicily), Due East, and Due West. Bernstein has worked for decades on temporary or nomadic projects designed to push the boundaries of both how art is made and experienced by others. Participating artists work locally and internationally across many disciplines; cross-fertilization and collaboration is encouraged. In 2017, the resulting works by these Sicilian/Italian and American artists will be exhibited at The Delaware Contemporary. 

In addition to Marianne Bernstein and Serena Perrone, the artists in attendance who presented their work included: David Kessler, Andrea Hornick, Carlo and Fabio Ingrassia, Glauco Canalis, Federico Baronella, and Flavio Favelli. David Kessler, Andrea Hornick, and Marianne Bernstein all spent 2-3 weeks in Tusa in 2015 as part of their ongoing research for the project, and the Officina Stamperia del Notaio hosted a two-day retreat during which time some of these American and Italian artists were able to meet and discuss their work.

For a complete list of participating artists and for news and updates on this project, visit Due South.


Book Presentation: Enrico Deaglio

On July 26, 2015 we hosted Enrico Deaglio, who presented his recent book, Storia vera e terribile tra Sicilia e America, published by Sellerio Editore Palermo in 2015, in which he recounts and investigates the cultural atmosphere and political climate from which emerged the true and controversial story of Sicilian immigrants from Cefalu’ who were lynched in Tallulah, Louisiana in 1899.

Enrico Deaglio is an Italian Journalist. Born in Turin in 1947, he began a career by writing for the Italian communist newspaper Lotta continua in the 1970s, later becoming the director. He has also written for other notable sources including Epoca, Panorama, La Stampa, Il Manifesto, and L’Unita’, and later served as the director of Reporter.

He went on to work in television journalism where he hosted several shows focusing on current events, foreign affairs, and the Sicilian mafia.