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Yuri Catania for JazzAscona 2024 - 40th edition

Yuri Catania creates the poster for the historic JazzAscona Festival through a piece of art that celebrates the fortieth anniversary of JazzAscona with a photo composition of the musicians and artists who have made the history of New Orleans Jazz in Ascona, photographed by the artist in the American city last November. Over seventy portrayed characters are immersed in a surrealistic atmosphere where the architectural elements of French houses and the tropical flowers of New Orleans engage in dialogue with those of the village of Ascona, like the 16th-century bell tower, along with the camellias from the Locarno park, which were captured by Catania at night on the shores of Lake Maggiore to create a connection with the nature of the territory, a recurring theme in the artist's work. The fusion of distinctive elements from both cultures seals the twinning between the two cities, New Orleans and Ascona, Sister Cities since 2022. This work will be created using the photo collage technique and can be viewed at the Municipal Museum of Modern Art in Ascona from 06/22/2024 to 09/01/24 in the format 43 x 71 inches.

The new visual identity of JazzAscona is inspired by the "Jazz Off The Wall" project, a significant street art event, conceived and realized by artist Yuri Catania to celebrate 40 years of JazzAscona, which starting from next Easter will display about forty photographic works in extra-large format on public and private buildings in Ascona. "Jazz Off The Wall" will be officially introduced at the end of March.

The visual created by Catania, like all his works, includes an extra video or photographic content, which can be activated with augmented reality. Once posted on the street, by framing them using the Artivive app (available for download at this address:, the posters will come to life creating an interaction with the work itself.

JazzAscona will take place from June 20th to 29th and will offer no less than 300 concerts with big names from New Orleans and artists from all over Switzerland and Europe.

More information:

Ufficio stampa JazzAscona - Luca Martinelli: +41 78 673 45 05

Yuri Catania Studio Art - Silvia Torricelli: +41 79 137 3111


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