Sustainable Quarry: Murisengo Underground Gallery

13/02/2013Category: events

Sustainable Quarry: Murisengo Underground Gallery

TWO WEEKENDS AT 90 METRES UNDERGROUND WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER MARK COOPER
10-11 and 17-18 NOVEMBER IN THE CAVE DI MURISENGO TO OBSERVE THE MONFERRATO FROM ABOVE IN THE HEART OF THE GYPSUM MINES IN THE LARGEST AND DEEPEST UNDERGROUND ITALIAN ART GALLERY
Buried ninety metres below the surface of the earth to observe a series of pictures which tell of the Monferrato from above. This exhibition, “Monferrato Earthscapes” - A Subterranean Son et Lumière, was conceived by the English photographer Mark Cooper. Eighteen panels, displayed in the very heart of the earth, give rise to a unique example of underground art. The photographic exhibition will unfold, five floors down, in the Cave di Murisegno in a long labyrinth of tunnels and columns of gypsum: the most original, and deepest, art gallery in Italy. In a fairy-tale atmosphere, armed with a miner’s helmet, one can take a journey through corridors carved from the rock, where the darkness and silence will be interrupted only by the lights that illuminate Mark Cooper’s large-scale prints and the sounds that evoke the subterranean ambience of the mine. The photographs were taken by Mark Cooper from the air, hanging out of a helicopter, and will be seen within the belly of the landscape: opposite environments that invert their natural position, offering up a fascinating and curious game, a marriage that would seem impossible but instead becomes a magical reality. These artistic images of a landscape formed by the ‘contadini’, in tune with Mother Nature, are a testimony to the extraordinary beauty of this land and give the impression of looking down, from a height of a thousand metres, over the landscape of the Monferrato. In the last part of the journey a further interaction is planned between the art of Mark Cooper and the site, with the projection of some new works by Mark, deriving from the transformation of aerial and macroscopic photographs into kaleidoscopic images. These images, illuminating the walls of gypsum along the tunnels, transform the landscape into a future from science-fiction, beyond reality, where each one can unleash the imagination. Born in the English Lake District, after having lived in London for many years and travelling widely, particularly to the Middle East and North Africa carrying out reportage photography, Mark Cooper moved to Piedmont where he has lived since 1993. In the last 15 years he has dedicated his photographic studies to the project “Earthscapes – The Art of Landscape”, searching for different ways to observe and interpret the landscape of the Monferrato. A path that has led Mark to lean out from a helicopter a thousand metres up, or to kneel, scrutinising that same landscape from a distance of 5 centimetres. A visit to the exhibition will also be an interesting and extraordinary opportunity to observe, close- up, this subterranean world: the quarry, from which we still extract high quality gypsum daily, is not normally open to the public. The photographic exhibition will run concurrently with the 45th Fiera Nazionale del Tartufo (National Truffle Fair) “Trifola d’Or”dedicated to the principal product of this land, the white truffle. The exhibition will only open on the weekends of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, and Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November between the hours: 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00. Admission is €5.00. For more information:
http://www.estrazionegesso.com/mostra-murisengo-underground-gallery markcooper.visualserver.com

Certifications

The careful management and self-imposed rigour have prompted ESTRAZIONE GESSO to structure itself in order to obtain the certifications needed to confirm the conformity of the QMS to the ISO 9001 2008 requirements and of the EMS to the ISO 14001 2004 requirements.

The certification procedure in relation to the safety of workers and places of work is under way, which, mainly as far as the underground environment is concerned, represents an evident demonstration of our coherent rational operativeness.