Italian celebration; Ceri Race by Giuseppe Cardoni

The "Corsa dei Ceri" (Ceri Race) is one of the oldest Italian rite celebration. It is a solemn act inspired by the devotion of the Eugubines to their Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini, since May 1160, the year of his death.

The “Corsa dei Ceri” (Ceri Race) is one of the oldest Italian rite celebration. It is a solemn act inspired by the devotion of the Eugubines to their Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini, since May 1160, the year of his death.

The wax sticks, offered by the guilds of Arts and Crafts were replaced towards the end of the 16th century with three wooden structures formed by two overlapping octagonal prisms and reinforced by an internal wooden frame and crossed by an axis that at the bottom it fits on a support called “stretcher” which allows it to be carried on the shoulder.

The Ceri, reconstructed several times, have come down to our days in their original form. On the top there are three small statues representing the patron saints of the guilds: S. Ubaldo (patron and protector of the city) for the masons, S. Giorgio for the traders and craftsmen and S. Antonio for the peasants. For many centuries, it has lived to the streets every year on May 15 in Gubbio (Perugia) and still has a fundamental role for the community of Gubbio. A ritual that is lived thanks to a multitude of faces, looks, gestures, voices and passions.

The celebration is consumed in an irrepressible explosion of faith and civic identity passion. The identification of the people of Gubbio with the festival is so great that the Umbria Region has included the Ceri di Gubbio as the official symbol in its banner. (The story is represented “in subjective”, from the inside, in sequence, respecting the pauses and the frenetic restarts of the race in the city until the final achievement of the Basilica of S. Ubaldo on top of Mount Ingino.) This reportage wants to be a personal tribute to my hometown and to the origins and traditions of my family. It is an ongoing project.

About Giuseppe Cardoni

Lives in Umbria,Italy. Engineer, he prefers B/W reportage. He is co-author, with the RAI journalist Luca Cardinalini of the photographic book “STTL La terra ti sia lieve” (Ed. DeriveApprodi/Roma, 2006). With Luigi Loretoni, he published in 2008 the photo book “Miserere” (Ed. L’ArteGrafica), in 2011 “Gubbio, I Ceri” (Ed. L’Arte Grafica) and in 2014 “Kovilj” (Ed. L’ArteGrafica). Also in 2014 he published “Boxing Notes”(Edizionibam) reportage on the world of boxing. He has dedicated himself for some years to the photography of musical events, he is co-author of the book “I colori del Jazz” (F. Motta Editore, 2010) and in 2019 he has published the photo book “Jazz Notes” (BAM Stampa Fine Art by Antonio Manta), a personal intimate point of view on jazz athmosphere. He has exibited his work in numerous solo and group exibitions in Italy and abroad. Award winner or finalist in many national and international competitions (has achieved these personal results in about sixty contests over the past three years).

In my case, photography is born from the need to express a part of myself by correlating my inner life with reality. I seek moments of life to be interpreted and told through a strong personal connotation driven by my emotions, my sensitivity and my intuition. Photography helps me to live the different dimensions of reality in balance between life that flowing (time) and abstraction (thought).

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