Inauguration of the farmafactoring foundation photographic exhibition
“Long life. Longevity: new source of energy. ”
Palermo, 24 November 2017 – 18 January 2018


Fondazione Farmafactoring is pleased to present the photo exhibition “Long life. Longevity: new source of energy. ” Inaugurated on 23 November 2017, it will remain on display in Palermo from 24 November 2017 to 18 January 2018 within the Church of Maria Santissima Annunziata“La Pinta”, which with the occasion was reopened to the public after a long restoration.

On display are images that through a journey of faces and places try to represent how the “silver age” has in recent years become a moment of life with its own contents and purposes and no longer a terminal and declining part of the life cycle; it is a new phase in which it is possible to realize one’s own subjectivity with individual and collective activities, interests and projects. Active longevity is a reality for millions of people who perform significant social roles in family networks and communities and have a life full of relationships, activities, projects.

The project is structured over three years, though divided up into connected though distinct single annual stages. It takes its cue from the Annual Report prepared by the Farmafactoring Foundation, and to the drafting of which the Fondazione CENSIS and CERGAS-Bocconi also contributed. The annual report is focused on the evolution of the state of health and the relationship that Italians have with their bodies in life’s three phases and on the ability of the health system to tackle the needs expressed, assessing possible future scenarios against which to evaluate health and social policies.

The photographs were taken by consummate artist Costantino Ruspoli, while top, journalist, writer and photographer Alessandro Scotti oversaw the curation of the exhibition and the book.

The exhibition was supported with great enthusiasm by the Archdiocese of Palermo via the Cultural Heritage Office and Regione Sicilia via the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity and the Superintendency of Cultural and Environmental Heritage of Palermo; thanks to the commitment of the Farmafactoring a magical place of a hidden Palermo has been brought to light.

The church, known to Palermo as “La Pinta”, that dates back to the Byzantine era, is embellished with stuccos by Giuseppe Serpotta,as well as period frescoes and floors, the simplicity of its interior witnessing the ravages it has been subjected to over the years, evidence of theft and looting can still be seen in the altars placed along the walls.

The exhibition has been included as part of the Arab Norman itinerary, that leads on a tour of discovery of the most ancient and precious monuments of the city of Palermo, dating back to the twelfth century and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. These are magnificent religious and civil buildings made with the collaboration of Norman, Arab and Byzantine craftsmen, including San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the Palazzo Reale with its extraordinary Palatine Chapel.


Church of Maria Santissima Annunziata “La Pinta” P.zza della Pinta, 8 – Palermo
24/11/ 2017 – 18/01/2018

Monday to Saturday 9.00 am – 7.00 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm)
Sundays and holidays 9.00am-1.30pm (last admission at 1.00pm)

In collaboration with
Archdiocese of Palermo Office of Cultural Heritage
Department of BB.CC.IS and the Artistic Cultural Heritage Superintendency of Palermo