Giulio Locatelli
Circo tessile
curated by
Roberta Mansueto
Sasso di Castalda (PZ), Basilicata

According to some local legends, Sasso di Castalda was built by women, men and children, who carried stones found in the valley on their heads. There is evidence by the walls of houses in the oldest part of the village around Via della Manca, sometimes carved from solid rock, and sometimes built drystone.
The story has roots in a nature of ancient origins, evident from the geodiversity in the Arenazzo river gorge, a site of national significance that documents the collision between the Euro-Asian and African tectonic plates. Today, it is perceived by the human eye as the natural extension of the town. But, going beyond its ancient narratives, Sasso di Castalda is receptive to today’s slow tourism of walking paths, benefiting from an “accessible” landscape and the experience of Tibetan bridges, fulfilling the dream of reaching the mountains by “flying,” amidst the suspension of time and the atmosphere of pilgrim routes enveloping the town.
What is the inhabitants’ everyday dimension? What are the desires of the different generations who live there today? How is the village perceived by a community of dreamers? How does the village wish to describe itself and capture the gaze of other people?
Posing these questions, artist Giulio Locatelli invites residents to take part in the Circo tessile (Textile Circus), a community weaving workshop conducted during a series of meetings.
Tufting, the technique used by the artist in his work, becomes the highlight of the workshop activities, constituting a new form of writing: a medium that translates new views of the village into embroidery, interacting with the group of participants.
Weaving, an ancient and introspective language, becomes a collective experience of desires, images, shared values, the old stories of both the residents and the travellers who wish to take part in the workshops, because “nothing can be loved without imagination,” without discovering new ways of creating a community.

Giulio Locatelli, Circo tessile, 2024. Installation, mixed media, variable dimensions.
Hortus Conclusus – Via degli Orti / Via Casale
Daily, h 24 - 24/7. Adjacent to the Hortus Conclusus there is free parking (accessible from Via Calvario or Via degli Orti). The Hortus Conclusus is located near the Deer Fauna Area of Sasso di Castalda.


June: Saturday 22 June, 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

July: Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

August: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

September: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The workshops are free of charge and no weaving skills are necessary. To participate in the workshops write to:
For further information: +39 328 745 5167 (Pro Loco - Domenico GAITO) | +39 389 111 3337 (Avis - Caterina CORLETO) | +39 320 635 2143 (Councillor - Mariangela LAURINO)

Just as intertwined threads form a fabric, human relationships weave together to form the fabric of society. Each knot represents an encounter, a shared experience, a bond between individuals. Circo Tessile (Textile Circus)is thus a tangible symbol of the strength and beauty of collaboration.

Giulio Locatelli (Bergamo, Italy, 1993) graduated in Painting and Visual Arts from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. Interested in the textile world, his practice places particular emphasis on the thread as both an analytical tool and a means of realizing mental concepts that would otherwise ‘catch cold.’ Among his recent solo exhibitions are Magic Carpet at Platea Palazzo Galeano, Lodi (IT, 2023); and Flying Carpet, Fondazione Bernareggi, Bergamo (IT, 2021). His works have also been included in group exhibitions such as Architetture e forme dell’essere at Fondazione Leonesio, Brescia (IT, 2023); Tales from then inside_out the look through at Co_atto, Milan (IT, 2022); Miniartextil at Fondazione Sponga, Como (2022); and Festina stonata at luogo_e, Bergamo (IT, 2022). He has been a finalist in several awards including the Combat Prize (IT, 2020), Nocivelli Prize (IT, 2020), Yicca Prize (2019), and participated in artistic residencies such as Synchronicity in China (CN, 2017) and Rotondella - People and Landscape in Puglia (IT, 2020).

My work develops from an interest in handmade paper production and the world of textiles, with a focus on thread, a tool for both analysis and realization of ideas that would otherwise 'catch cold'. The thread branching out between people builds relational plots that lead to the realization of collective works that find shape in magic carpets.

Sasso di Castalda (PZ)

Sasso di Castalda is a town at a height of 949 m above sea level, in the Lucano Apennine area. Its origins run back to the Longobard epoch, but scholars believe that it was already inhabited in Ancient Roman times, considering the nearby presence of the Via Herculea Roman road. According to popular culture, in the Middle Ages, constant invasions by snakes forced the dwellers of Pietra Castalda to move to today’s location, where at that time the village of Saxum was being built.
The Rocca, castle of Castello di Sasso, is a majestic construction, a watchtower dating back to Medieval times, from which the view takes in the whole town and reaches as far as the Pierfaone mountains to the east, and the hilly landscape set in the valley Valle del Melandro to the west. Today the castle is the destination reached by “Ponte alla Luna” (Bridge of the Moon), a Tibetan bridge suspended in the air at over a hundred metres above ground level, with a span of three hundred metres.
Fosso dell'Arenazzo (the Arenazzo Gorge) is the location of one of Italy’s most important geosites, the result of the collision between the African and the Euroasian plates. Today this area is a sort of open-air nature museum and workshop, and since 2010 it has been part of an educational itinerary popular both with professional geologists and with eager tourists.
Local culinary traditions, based on peasant life, includes characteristic recipes such as “minestra impastata” soup and “fusilli” and “orecchiette” pasta with “pezzente” (sausage) sauce, along with cured meats and cheeses.

Thanks to: Mayor Rocchino Nardo, Deputy Mayor Donato Beneventano, Councillor Mariangela Laurino and Engineer Gianpiero Coraggio; Caterina Corleto, Domenico Gaito, Maddalena Langone, Francesco De Luca, Gianmarco Pepe, Giovanni Distefano and all the workshop participants.