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Shiva: An Urbex Photography Exhibition in Piedmont

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Pamela Nanetti, an expert photographer in urban exploration, presents her urbex photographic exhibition entitled “Shiva”, scheduled for 13 and 14 May 2023 in the village of Vettignè in Santhia, Vercelli.

Urbex: A Contemporary Art Form

Urbex, an abbreviation for “urban exploration”, is a contemporary art form that involves the exploration of abandoned or disused urban places. Pamela Nanetti’s exhibition is an artistic expression of this practice which highlights the beauty of urban decay. Through her photographs, the artist captures the essence of these forgotten places, creating a unique and immersive experience.

The Village of Vettignè: A Treasure Trove of History

The exhibition takes place in the suggestive village of Vettignè, a fraction of Santhia (Vercelli). The village, with its ruins and medieval castle, offers the perfect setting for an exhibition of this type. During the guided tour inside the walls of the village, guests will be accompanied by Enrica from the B&B “il Passatempo di Enrica”, an expert in local history, who will share anecdotes and interesting facts about the village.

The Vernissage: Opening Day

The vernissage will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 4.30 pm. It will be the perfect opportunity to meet the artist and discover her work at this premiere event. During the vernissage, guests will be able to taste local delicacies and sip a glass of wine, completely immersing themselves in the unique atmosphere of the village of Vettignè.

A Chance to Give Back

The entrance fee to the exhibition is a minimum donation of €3, but it is possible to donate a larger amount at your discretion. The funds raised will go to “II Vercellese.. verso Santa Cruz”, an association that helps children and young people in difficulty in Santa Cruz, Cape Verde, by supporting projects for their socio-cultural growth.

More About Pamela Nanetti

The urbex photography exhibition “Shiva” is curated by Pamela Nanetti, a courageous, curious, and adventurous woman at heart. Born in Bologna, where she still resides, Pamela found her passion by traveling around Italy on a quest for abandoned places rich in history, using photography as a means of documenting her discoveries and emotions. Despite her busy life as a back office employee and mother, Pamela finds time to explore and photograph the places that fascinate her and has even compiled her experiences into a book titled Journey to the Heart of an Urbexer.

Pamela’s passion for Urban Exploration has led her to visit historic homes, castles, and decadent ruins, once places of great splendor but now left to Mother Nature. Through her photography, Pamela has managed to capture the beauty and charm of these forgotten places, showing the public the aspect of the past that still remains visible. Her work has also been recognized by the press, with an article published in the newspaper La Stampa and a recent collaboration with the Eco di Biella newspaper, as well as being one of the most esteemed and consistent writers of dooid magazine.

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Have you already decided to go to VettignE’?

In case of bad weather

In the event of inclement weather, the exhibition will be postponed to the following weekend so that visitors can take full advantage of the guided tour planned.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating atmosphere of Vettigè and urban exploration. We look forward to seeing you there.

About the Author

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Pamela Nanetti

Pamela Nanetti was born and lives in Bologna, and has long been linked to the Biella area through friendships and personal ties. A mother, and back office employee, she started writing by chance, as a way to get to know herself. Courageously starting a journey without being certain of its ending, in which one finds his true personality, and where the heart does not allow for calculations but survives on instinct. From this, her first book, Viaggio nel cuore di un urbexer (Journey Into the Heart of an Urbexer), was born.
For about a year or so, she has been discovering the world of Urban Exploration, Urbex, wandering amongst abandoned, unsafe, and dilapidated places that are full of history and unique architectural value and beauty. In this journey through time, she is transported to another parallel dimension. Taking advantage of her passion for photography and curiosity of the unknown, with the recklessness of a child, she enters historic homes, castles, and old decaying ruins that have been taken back by nature. Their existences forgotten, invisible, hidden in the shadows, and crystallized in time.
Intrigued by this unusual hobby, even the newspaper La Stampa, decided to dedicate space within its pages to her and now, thanks to a recent collaboration with the Eco di Biella newspaper, she has the opportunity to share these personal experiences with a wider audience.

Photographing these locations returns them to their original splendor and is an intimate way to express emotions and sensations, like a love letter to the one you just can’t seem to forget. A collection of photographs and experiences that I document piece by piece.

..."I was picking through the smashed houses in my heart, and rebuilding on the ruin." (D. Roberts - Shantaram)

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