ESSE di Rafael Y. Herman

Mostra prorogata fino al 16 luglio / Exhibition extended until 16th July 2022

For English and full Public Program scroll down










22 April – 22 June 2022

Palazzo Sant’Elia | Palermo

Opening April 22, 2022 at 12 am (midnight of the 21st)

Press Preview April 21st at 5pm



Rafael Yossef Herman’s solo exhibition, dedicated to the environmental issue of light pollution, will open at midnight on the evening of Thursday, 21st April at Palazzo Sant’Elia.

The exhibition is organised under the aegis of the Ministry of the Environment for the y and the Metropolitan City of Palermoin collaboration with the Fondazione Teatro Massimoand University of Palermo, and in technical partnership with the Rocco Forte Hotel Villa Igea and media partners Sky Arte and Whitewall.

The exhibition takes inspiration from Sicily and will open on Earth Day. From a graphic viewpoint, it’s a reference to the symbol of infinity, which Herman himself describes as an “incomplete infinity”.

ESSE is personally curated by the artist and will be exhibited in the twelve rooms of Palazzo Sant’Elia’s main floor. It will be an event in progress that will radically change from the opening to closure. The artist and Fondazione Sant’Elia have launched a “Call for Ideas”, whereby the exhibition will be enhanced with new art works created in locations free from light pollution that have been proposed by the public.

“This exhibition is part of a broader research in exploring what is invisible through my artistic expression and other potentially infinite artistic means of expression. It is an exploration of absence, which is not the same as non-existing, and about the invisible, which is not the same as “impalpable.

This Sicilian exhibition focusses on light pollution, which in my opinion is one of the most challenging environmental issues. I start from the idea that we cannot see reality and that everything that is normally under our eyes is falseonditioned by bothlight and vision itself. Light changes reality”, explains the Artist.

The exhibition will also offer a rich public program of events.

The prestigious seventeenth-century rooms of the Palazzo Sant’Elia will host several gatherings hosted by the artist including talks, conversations, panel discussions and concerts with local and international guests that are all in dialogue with the theme of the exhibition.

Maestro Omer Meir Wellber, the Music Director of the Teatro Massimo, will pay homage to Rafael Y. Herman at midnight on the opening night with a concert dedicated to the exhibition performed by a trio of piano, cello, and violin.

The exhibition will run until Wednesday, 22 June 2022.



Curated by Rafael Y. Herman

Opening ceremony | 22 April, 00:00am (21st night) | Teatro Massimo celebrates Rafael Y. Herman ESSE at the exhibition space | Maestro Omer Meir Wellber – Piano, Giuseppe Nastro – Cello, Silviu Dima – Violin, live concert

Saturday 30 April, 6pm | Giusi Diana – art historian in conversation with Rafael Y. Herman (italian) followed by an Artist-Walk of Rafael Y. Herman at ESSE exhibition

Tuesday 3 May, 6pm | Thanks For Nothing, nonprofit, panel discussion with guests Caroline Corbasson – artist, and Brigitte Zanda – meteoriticist, astrophysicist and cosmochemist in the Department of Origin and Evolution at the Natural History Museum in Paris (webinar, english)


Tuesday 10 May, 6pm | Aleph Molinari – editor Purple, in conversation with Anfisa Vrubel – editor Art Observer, Disappearance (webinar, english)


Saturday 14 May, 6pm | Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta – Studio Drift, Design and Art with respect to ecology and light pollution (webinar, english)

Saturday 21 May, 7:00pm | Yakir Arbib – pianist and composer, live music dialogue with Rafael Y. Herman ESSE

Wednesday 25 May, 6pm | Whitewall panel discussion with Micol Ap – VCA Founder and CEO, Fanny Lakoubay – Tezos curator, Sebastien Heimann – Founder & CEO at HEROES & The Good Society, Michael Klug – moderator and Whitewall founder and co-editor in large, Environment in time of NFT (webinar, english)

Saturday 28 May, 6pm | Prof. Paolo Inglese – agronomist at University of Palermo, Biodiversity and night (italian) followed by an Artist-Walk of Rafael Y. Herman at ESSE exhibition

Wednesday 1 June, 6pm | Dr. Refael Aharon – inventor and plants specialist, Weizmann Institude, Why we need nights darkness (webinar, english)

Tuesday 7 June, 6pm | Agata Polizzi – curatorial coordinator at ZACentrale | Fondazione Merz, in conversation with Rafael Y. Herman (italian)

Friday 10 June, 7:30pm | Koki Nakamo – pianist, live concert, ESSE exhibition

Wednesday 15 June, 6pm | Dr. Beau Lotto – professor at Goldsmith University of London, Perception (webinar, english)

Monday 20 June, 6pm | Rafael Y. Herman, Artist-Walk at ESSE exhibition

Finissage | Wednesday 22 June, 7:30pm | Molly Lewis – whistler, live concert, Birds By NightESSE exhibition 





Rafael Y. Herman


22 April– 16 July 2022

Vernissage: 22 April at 00:00 am (midnight of the 21st)


Fondazione Sant’Elia

Palazzo Sant’Elia | Via Maqueda 81 – PALERMO


Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday

from 9:00am to 8:00pm


Info+39 0912712061 |


Tickets: 5 Euros / 4 Euros reduced 7 Free for schools.

[Ticket office closes at 7:00pm]


Under the aegis of:

Ministry of Ecological Transition

Region of Sicily

City and Metropolitan City of Palermo


With the collaboration of:

Fondazione Teatro Massimo

University of Palermo


Media Partners: Whitewall, Sky Arte


Communication and external relationships:

MLC Comunicazione

Maria Letizia Cassata |Chiara Lodato




loghi ESSE 




CALL PER IDEE | Partecipa alla mostra ESSE; suggerisci un luogo in Sicilia dove l’inquinamento luminoso è assente.


L’artista invita il pubblico a partecipare al processo creativo ed avere un ruolo attivo all’interno della mostra.  

Durante ESSE, Rafael Y. Herman continuerà a creare nuovi lavori che andranno ad integrare e modificare la mostra durante il periodo. Un desiderio dell’artista di creare consapevolezza sul tema dell’inquinamento luminoso e indurre al cambiamento. 

Partecipa al progetto #rafaelhermanESSE inviando un’email a  con i tuoi suggerimenti!

Per approfondire il tema dell’inquinamento luminoso




#inquinamentoluminoso #rafaelhermanESSE #ambiente #giornatadellaterra #giornatadellaterra2022







Rafael Y. Herman



22 aprile – 16 luglio 2022


Vernissage 22 Aprile ore 00:00, mezzanotte del 21 Aprile 2022




Fondazione Sant’Elia, Palazzo Sant’Elia

Via Maqueda 81, Palermo

Orari: Martedì – Domenica dalle 9:00 alle 20:00

(ultimo ingresso ore 19:00); Lunedì chiuso

Info +39 0912712061


Biglietti: intero 5 euro / ridotto 4 euro;

ingresso libero per le scuole


Patrocini: Ministero della Transizione Ecologica, Regione Siciliana

Comune di Palermo, Città Metropolitana


Con la collaborazione di: Fondazione Teatro Massimo,

Università degli Studi di Palermo

Media Partners: Whitewall, Sky Arte


Partner Tecnico: Villa Igea | Rocco Forte Hotel

Comunicazione e Relazioni Esterne:


MLC Comunicazione 

Maria Letizia Cassata | Chiara Lodato

+39 3389701502 | +39 3297956778