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'All That Fall' by Stefano Canto, photo credit: Fausto Brigantino

The Riso Museum of Contemporary Art in Sicily presents ALL THAT FALL, an installation by art:i:curate's Stefano Canto designed for the porch of the Chapel of the Coronation of Palermo.


ALL THAT FALL will be on view from 4 July through 1 August, 2014.

The preview is on 3 July. 



On 3 July 2014, the Riso Museum of Contemporary art of Sicily inaugurates ALL THAT FALL, an installation by Stefano Canto conceived for the arcaded loggia of the Coronation Chapel in Palermo, an off-space of Riso. The project of N38E13, with works selected by Salvatore Davì, is taking place thanks to the agreement stipulated between the Museum and N38E13, within the multidisciplinary activities set going by the director of the Museo Riso, Valeria Patrizia Li Vigni, for valorisation of contemporary art and strengthening of the Museum in the territory. The work is the result of the study started by Stefano Canto on the meaning of the forms and aesthetics of the Palermo landscape. On the occasion of the Open Studio inaugurated on 24 May 2014, at N38E13, the artist presents the phases of research, the works and the preparatory work and brings them together inside the campaigns of crowdfunding and fundraising activated by N38E13 to support production of site-specific action.


ALL THAT FALL is an irregular and disconnected floor, which is accessible and can be walked on, a membrane that covers the whole surface of the Arcaded Loggia of the Coronation Chapel. The work imposes to a syncopated shape and possible losses of equilibrium; it is a pathway with weak usability, whose structure is a geometric design formed by wooden boards. The conceptual root of the work is to be found in the research by Stefano Canto, an artist attentive to the semiotics of objects, who sounds out the syntactic possibilities of architectural surfaces in relation to the landscape, to nature and the socio-cultural context. The work is linked to the idea of alteration and the superfetations that make up the skin of the city, so the urban surface, seen as an epidermis, is an element of osmosis, a permeable weft that connects the outside of experience of with an inside.


The Coronation Chapel becomes a symbol of the processes of architectural sedimentation and at the same time of the phases of cultural change and urban instability; it is a place where the certainty of history has woven with the uncertainty of legend. It is referred to as the Coronation Chapel because here, according to a tradition with unverified sources, the investiture of the kings of Sicily took place. 


ALL THAT FALL takes its name from a radio play by Samuel Beckett, conceived for and 
broadcast by the BBC in 1956. The play narrates an impasse: the meeting between an old 
husband and wife is destabilized by a long train delay whose exact cause is not known. 
The responsibility for the situation slips away through omissions and incomplete dialogues; 
likewise the installation by Stefano Canto underlines the omission of responsibility and the 
urban neglect that weighs on the socio-cultural context of the city. Hence All that fall is a 
sort of metaphor of precariousness.


The installation intends to sensitize the social fabric and to create participating dynamics for
promotion of the territory, also through proposals regarding care for and valorisation of the
historical-artistic heritage of Palermo and Sicily, as well as implementing tourist processes of access and participation through contemporary art and its recovery in terms of incisive reflection on the territory.




Stefano Canto:


The artist’s research began from observation of the surrounding environment, seen as a complex, polymorphous and polysemous reality, constituted by manifold elements, in continual dialogue with one another, endowed with its own identity and its own symbolic, evocative and communicative values. The fields of investigation are the semiotics of the object, of architecture and of places, in the conviction that the object and its context, content and container, are tightly connected in a relationship of logical contiguity and semantics.


Stefano Canto began to explore the possibility of distorting the language of objects by physically manipulating their structure. Having chosen an object, this is broken down and analyzed in every component, then reassembled in such a way that its apparent form, its functionality and its meaning are distorted. Subsequently, his research began to move from objects to places, natural and urban, and to architectural structures.


He is particularly interested in the phenomenon of urbanistic science, known by the term
“sprawl” or “diffused city” that see the immoderate growth of a metropolitan area to the
detriment of the surrounding territory, and he set out to trace its origins and embryonic elements. 




Photo credit: Fausto Brigantino


Photo credit: Fausto Brigantino


Photo credit: Fausto Brigantino







See more of Rome-based artist Stefano Canto's work here

Images Courtesy Stefano Canto. 

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