Fra Nuvole e Vento: Gente di Civita (Between Clouds and Wind: People of Civita), is a photographic exhibition that captures the spirit of the people of Civita and moments that express centuries of tradition.
The exhibition was on view from September 2021 through June 2022 at Palazzo Alemanni, Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. The exhibition is currently available for travel and installation.
Since 2016 Brian Stanton has been capturing Civita’s striking landscape while immersing himself in the community and building rich relationships with its few remaining residents. The people of Civita collaborated with me with unwavering enthusiasm, “It is really their story.”
Civita is an ancient crumbling hill town in central Italy founded by the Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. Reachable only by a footbridge, it sits on a pinnacle of eroding volcanic stone in a fairytale-like setting. Civita has come to be known as “la citta che muore” or “the dying city” as earthquakes and repeated landslides threaten its fragile existence. The exhibition Fra Nuvole e Vento explores the collective dream of a people who live in a place where the past is ever-present.
Italy’s UNESCO commission has proposed the unique cultural landscape of Civita and its surroundings as a candidate for World Heritage Site status for 2023.