The book tells the story of artist Concetta Modica's project, winner of the PAC - Piano per l'Arte Contemporanea 2021 - Linea committenza call for bids, promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture and commissioned by the Civic Museum of Castelbuono (Palermo). The work she realised is linked to the historical events of the relic of St. Anne, the patron saint of Castelbuono, preserved in the chapel dedicated to her in the Ventimiglia Castle, home of the Museum. It is a large blue felt cloth printed in ink using a special intaglio technique, representing the image of the sky above Castelbuono on the night of 4 May 1454, the date on which the relic was transferred from the town of Geraci to Castelbuono. The image of the starry sky was obtained with the collaboration of the GAL Hassin Foundation - International Centre for Astronomical Sciences of Isnello. The project also makes use of the contribution of the embroiderers of Castelbuono and Isnello, renews the value of collaboration between institutions and communities and promotes a reinterpretation of the cultural heritage by encouraging cooperation between artists, artisans and the territory. The book contains texts by the president of the museum's board of directors, Mariaenza Puccia; museum director, Laura Barreca; curator of the public programme, Maria Rosa Sossai; anthropologist Angelo Cucco; astrophysicist Sabrina Masiero, head of didactics - GAL Hassin Foundation; Michela Eremita, co-founder of the Children's Art Museum of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena; and a conversation between the artist and Valentina Bruschi, curator of the project.
Concetta Modica was born in Modica and lives and works in Milan. Her works reflect on the present and its paradoxes, in particular on the concept of the 'contemporary epic'.