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The Sicilian Family2012-2013. Sublimation print on aluminum. 44 elements. X:310cm; Y:97cm overall

The Sicilian Family is composed of 44 digital elaborations of vintage analog photographs. All the original pictures belonged to my family’s collection of photographs, and many of them portray relatives who had died before I was born. Initially I decided to scan each image to preserve them from deterioration. Then I opened each file with Notepad++, trying to visualize the photo as text. The pixels of the image were translated into the alphanumeric ASCII code. This code is a non-intelligible sequence of characters that contains all the information required to recreate the image through an Image Viewer. Using Notepad++, I substituted a part of the ASCII code of each photograph with a story based on what I had come to learn about each person portrayed. The text is, in part, the memories that were passed down to me, and, in part, my own interpretation. Then I saved the text as a JPG, forcing it to become an image once again. My alteration forces my memories to coexist with the image in an unforeseeable and new way.



  • Provisional Gallery, As If, curated by Ziying Duan, San Francisco, US
  • Re-Building the Future, curated by Marco Pierini in collaboration with Laura Barreca, Claudia Loffelholz and Andrea Bruciati, Ex Chiesa dei Cavalieri di Malta, Siracusa, Italy
  • Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Lapsus, curated by Marinella Paderni, Florence, Italy
  • PAC (Pinebox Art Center), New Frontiers, curated by Vincent Valerio, Baltimore MD, US
  • Fonlad – Digital Arts Festival, curated by IC Zero Association, Videolab and Cooperative Castles Theatre, UAVM Virtual Museum, WAC (Web Art Center) and Space for Arts, Media & Performances, Coimbra, Portugal
  • alt/, curated by José Esteban Muñoz, Gallery 360, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, US
  • Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, 96ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, curated by Angela Vettese e Stefano Coletto, Galleria di Piazza S.Marco, Venice, Italy


  • Presented during the talk “Computative Metamorphosis” at Expressive 2015, Idea Chain, (2015) curated by Angus Forbes and Anil Camci, Incubation Center of Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Premio Combat Prize, (2013), curated by Andrea Bruciati, special mention from the Jury
  • Premio Lapsus, (2013), curated by Marinella Paderni, second prize
  • Featured in Imago Tour – Sicily, (2013), curated by Graziella Russo and Rosario Leotta, online gallery
  • Featured in OP3NR3PO Glitch Moment/ums, (2013), coded by and developed by Joseph ‘Yølk’ Chiocchi & Nick Briz, online publication for Furtherfield Gallery, London, UK
  • Featured in alt/conference, (2013), curated by José Esteban Muñoz, Gallery 360, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • (Preview) Back In The Day, (2012), curated by Distintarte, Zoom Zoom Festival, Noventa Padovana, Italy



Mnemoscape Magazine, The Anarchival Impulse
SHOWCASE: Emilio Vavarella, The Sicilian Family
issue#1, 2014. (eng)
Blanc Magazine
The Sicilian Family
2014. (eng)
Celeste Network
Lapsus Prize
Critical text by Marinella Paderni, 2013. (ita-eng)
Allos Enfant/5: Emilio Vavarella
Interview by Andrea Bruciati, 2014, (ita)



laRepubblica D
Giovani in mostra
2012. (ita)
Il Giornale dell’Arte
Bevilacqua iperselettiva
2012. (ita)
Juliet Art Magazine
Sintonie E Lunghezze D’onda
2013. (ita-eng)
SottoboscoDigitale: Artisti Digitali Italiani
“Emilio Vavarella, Oltre Black Mirror”
by Valeria Crisafulli, 2018 (ita)



“Bevilacqua La Masa. Ecco i nomi dei selezionati per la 96esima collettiva dei Giovani Artisti”
2012. (ita)
Doing Digital Humanities
Putting the Humanities in Digital Humanities
2013. (eng)
Official Catalogue – 95ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti
“Emilio Vavarella”
p.50-51. (ita)
2013. (ita)
Museo Rimodificato: Art sine Scientia nihil est
Emilio Vavarella: The Sicilian Family
interview by Giulia Meloni for Antoni Muntadas Visual Arts Lab at Iuav University of Venice, 2016. (ita)