Through his blog and social channels, he tries to show a different side of the city and Sicily: “We have nothing to envy about other cities”
Mycenae – We often hear the phrase related to ‘Mycenae’ ‘said differently’. A long road passes from the culture of the individual citizen and from the mentality of complaints that must be reset or exploited to improve and improve. There are those who are already taking this path, each in his field. Like the story of Adriana Canna. She graduated in cultural heritage, after various experiences in Italy, between Rome and Emilia-Romagna, she returned to the shores of the strait and also used her skills to do this: to tell on social networks the beauty of the city and Sicily, so much to those who come from abroad for those who live there and do not know what they observe all day.
It all started with a blog and the desire to discover churches and museums in the capital. Then, back in Messina, the site and social channels focused on what the city and region had to offer. Adriana has no doubts, and for her there is nothing to envy elsewhere in Italy. This is why it continues to narrate history, cultural influences, details, and charming places that the citizens often don’t know about.
How comes this aspect of your life, the desire to tell the story of Messina and Sicilian art?
It all started several years ago. I didn’t think I’d be an Instagram art contributor. I worked as a pastry chef in Rome and realized I was never tired enough, I just finished, I didn’t go and look for a church or a museum. I decided to open a blog that I wanted to give satirical and critical connotations. It was so to show the gaps and that not everything is gold that glitters.
Then I went back to Sicily and found myself walking around the city and realized I wanted to do the same. I wanted to show how much Messina has. It has a lot and has nothing to envy to other cities. I wish people would be more aware of the wealth we have. It is not narrow rhetoric, but the truth is that we are not separated from national or international art. Big authors and big names have something to do with the city, and many just don’t know it.
Why do you think “many don’t know”? The issue of upbringing or an elderly mentality that can not be exploited?
I think both. If children today do not explain the value of what we have, they will continue to believe that our heritage is territorial and unimportant. So from a certain point of view, yes, it is a cultural factor, but it is also true that there is not a lot of knowledge. Staying rooted in a very closed concept doesn’t help either. I think it’s a big drawback in the city. When you begin to understand that you have to open up in a different way, there is no difficulty: we have cultural and natural origins, stories, myths, and nothing anyone can envy. I think it is a cultural problem that shaped the mentality of Messina, who underestimates what he has and the beauty of the city.
There is a lot of closure, we always think “I do it, you do what you have”. There is never a desire to communicate, while synergy must be created. We will all benefit, even from an artistic and cultural point of view. I also worked at Cesenatico, for example. There they managed to improve the Adriatic, which in real life does not resemble our sea at all. There, at the camp site, they gave you everything: tickets to museums, excursions, and even tickets to go by boat to see the exercises. I’m sorry for this: we don’t have the ability, the open mindset, to communicate. Instead of creating cooperation, competition or distrust is created.
From this point of view, what is your favorite place in town?
They can’t pick one, too hard. Personally, having worked in the Vittorio Emanuele theater library, I became very attached to the theater itself. Then whenever I could go to the Regional Museum and he charmed me in front of Antonello and Caravaggio. And again a Catalan church: even when I’m running down the street, I take two or three minutes to walk around and watch it. I’m fascinated by the influence of cultures, which is so valuable elsewhere, let’s think about Palermo. Here it is very present. I really like the pollution of other cultures.
What do you dream about the art and culture of the city?
greater awareness. The end of this silly earthquake victim. We must also understand that not everything that is “new” is wrong. New stimuli are often found to reinforce the past. Here, on the other hand, there is a lot of mistrust, as I think of Lucio Barbera’s time or the future, when Messina was very vibrant from an artistic and cultural point of view. I’d like to see it shining, shining.
What if you were to send a message to your citizens?
The message to the people of Messina? I’d like them to look around, instead of saying that in Messina there is nothing. I want you to look around, walk the street, look into the churches, enter, ask. More monitoring is needed but also more care, because this is how one makes it clear to understand the value of a city. I would like people to realize how Messina got to where it is today, its history and how much it can offer.