In Per riconoscerti nel buio there are many stories; all interconnected. There is the story of a mine, there are the stories of many forgotten workers, there is the dark matter, bitumen, which on this occasion revives the streets of the center of Abbateggio; and finally, there is the soul of a kind ghost, Vincenzo Di Paolo, who accompanies us in the discovery of an unknown and hostile place, which, although it seems to be a place with few inhabitants, it is linked to a collective history, rooted in the past but it also speaks to us of our present.
Along the central street of the village, the latex castings evoke the bitumen flows of the mines and mark a path that is to be followed.
Going down towards the historic center, at the intersection of Via del Carmine and Via Breda, a round arch overlooks the landscape, directing the gaze towards the area that houses the mines. In the arch, darkness and light meet, the quote that crowns the arch refers to the feeling of solidarity that existed among the workers: it is an invitation, as the writing says, to recognize the other in the dark, just like how out of necessity they found themselves working as miners.
The Ciammarichella, i.e. the road that miners traveled at night to go up the mountain and return to Abbateggio, was strewn with lanterns, fireflies that illuminate the forest. At the end of the journey an artificial passage, in the shape of a tunnel, transports you into the penumbra, but, as on a summer night, you find yourself surrounded by a starry sky.
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