Heart of stone – the Conero Park through the eyes and the voice of young artists, with Wu Ming 2 and Federico Clavarino


Monte Conero: that piece of rock that – breaking away -has escaped from the Apennines millions of years ago and stopped by the sea, next to Italy’s backbone, as if it were a heart of stone. The only promontory that, from the northeast to Puglia, interrupts the sandy beaches of the Adriatic Sea.

Heart of Stone narrates the Conero Park, the mountain, the territory and its peculiar anthropology, through the eyes and the voice of young artists.

By means of a collective experience of exploration and narration of the Conero Park’s territory, ten contemporary photographers and ten writers reinterpret and return its naturalistic, landscape and anthropological uniqueness.

Leading this artistic experience are the writer Wu Ming 2 and the contemporary photographer Federico Clavarino.


After a cycle of explorations within the park’s boundaries, the photographs and the stories produced by the participants were collected in the publication published by Skinnerboox, a prestigious publisher of contemporary photography (graphic design CH RO MO).


Browse the project magazine

Browse the magazine of the final event “Camminare, raccontare, degustare il Conero”


Artists, partners and collaborators:


Federico Clavarino was born in Turin, in 1984, where he studied literature and writing. In 2007 he studied documentary photography at the Blank Paper Escuela in Madrid, where he currently teaches. He has published, among others, The Castle (2016, Dalpine), Italia o Italia (2014, Akina Book, Ukraina Pasport (2011, Fiesta Ediciones) and from 2011 his photographs have been exhibited in galleries all over Europe. He says his work is “coming from problems of collocation in space and time”. federicoclavarino.com


Wu Ming 2 is Giovanni Cattabriga, one of the founding members of the collective of authors Wu Ming. Since its debut in 1999, with the publication of Q, (signed Luther Blissett) – Wu Ming has marked and continues to deeply mark the literary language of contemporaneity in Italy.

He has dealt about (psycho) geography, territory and narrations in various articles and essays, and in particular in the Ciclo dei Sentieri, a narrative quadrilogy of which two titles have been published: Il sentiero degli dei (2010) and Il sentiero luminoso (2016) wumingfoundation.com


Skinnerboox is an independent publishing company focused on contemporary artistic photography. Using an essential aesthetic, it collects and disseminates the visions of the most significant contemporary photographers active in the international field. In September 2016, Skinnerboox took part in the Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair at MoMA in New York. skinnerboox.com