A fera ’ô luni
a book by Sergio Perez
edited by Fabiola di Maggio
The fera ‘ô luni is a photographic narrative of the main traditional Catania market, a documentary perspective in a street key, real and straightforward, animated by the desire and the authorial need to tell through images a particular urban context, showing singular, ephemeral, enigmatic and commonly imperceptible ab-normalities.
The origins of the open market date back to the Middle Ages, to the so-called Mercato del Lune, literally translated from the catanese language with the Italian expression “the Monday open market”, a fera ’ô luni, in reality, is set up by its numerous traders from Monday to Saturday in its current location between Piazza Carlo Alberto, Piazza Stesicoro and the adjacent streets and presents itself as a kaleidoscope of sounds, colors and scents that inebriate the senses of its frequent visitors as well as those of tourists from all over the world.
The humanist documentary story of the fera ‘ô luni highlights the socio-anthropological transformation that the market, the eminent’ s-object of Catania culture, has undergone from the 1990s to the present day.
The increasing presence of immigrants among sellers and consumers has changed, enriching it with multiple ethnic nuances, the traditional face of the market. A commercial, socio-linguistic and cultural context was thus created, marked by coexistence and integration between past and present, tradition and innovation.