The rediscovery of the freedoms that had been taken for granted, those conquered or to be regained.
Roma Fotografia 2021 explores the meaning of Freedom, after the restrictions of the pandemic, and reformulates the idea of a festival in a path that unfolds in 7 months – normally the duration is a month and a half – until December 2021. “But maybe we will extend it to January 2022. In a moment of cultural regeneration we wanted to displace and try to see what happens by reformulating the festival in a very long time in which if you lose an exhibition you can see another. A new idea of festival because Rome it needs and desires culture “, organizer Maria Cristina Valeri of Roma Fotografia tells ANSA.
A real challenge for the festival, organized by the Roma Fotografia association, which among international calls, talks in the evocative scenery of the Latin Walls, video installations at Palazzo Merulana, workshops and exhibitions allows us to discover many unpublished works by Caio Mario Garrubba “FREElance on the road ‘and then Pino Settani’s “Viaggi nel Quotidiano – from cinema to reality 1966-2005”, as well as exhibitions by Luciano Del Castillo with his’ Hotel Habana Libre’ and Umberto Stefanelli with ‘Il tempo suspended’.
A special section of the international call Freedom enhances ‘The gaze of women’ and their interpretation of a complex and nuanced theme such as freedom to which the “Female Photography Bresciani Visual Art” Award is dedicated.
“We had an explosion of participation and so we decided to extend this part of the call, which expired on June 30, until the end of July. The projects are beautiful, of the highest level. The world of women has something more to say. on the theme of freedom that is perceived differently than men “explains Maria Cristina Valeri. The national call ‘Contact’ is addressed to young people under 35, which aims to identify ten talents who will carry out a training course at Istituto Luce – Cinecittà, in collaboration with the TWM Factory Cultural Association, in an intergenerational dialogue that will it will conclude with a major exhibition in November at the Wegil.
And it is thanks to the acquisition by the Istituto Luce Cinecittà of the entire photographic archive of Caio Mario Garrubba (about 40,000 slides and 60,000 negatives) that it will be possible to see from 21 October to 22 November 2021 at Palazzo Merulana ‘FREElance sulla strada’, edited by by Emiliano Guidi and Stefano Mirabella of the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, 110 images of this free photographer who wandered the streets in search of fragments of life, to tell the existence of every day in a complex story of everyday life. A photographer who wanted to feel free to the point of refusing an invitation to join the prestigious Magnum agency. Southern Italy, the Balkans and Afghanistan are the protagonists of the 80 shots of Pino Settani’s ‘Travels in the newspaper’, curated by Gabriele D’Autilia, Enrico Menduni, Monique Gregory Settanni, from 3 August to 2 September at stadium of Domitian. Also at the Domitian stadium, the ‘Hotel Habana Libre’ by ANSA photoreporter and Picture Editor Luciano Del Castillo opens on 16 July, who says: “In this suspended, frozen year, in which it was impossible to travel, to have human contact, I thought a lot to sharing, to solidarity to freedom from need. I collected in a targeted project the photos taken in Cuba in previous years to tell the lightness of freedom: freedom from need “. With the unpublished images of North Korea with ‘The suspended time’ by Umberto Stefanelli we are faced with an original and unusual photographic project in which the shots represent a dialogue between the photographer and the user of the images, which can be seen from 4 September always at Stadium of Domitian. The protagonists of the talks will be among others Roberto Basili, luminary of Artificial Intelligence while with “the president of the Istituto Luce Cinecittà Chiara Sbarigia we will talk about ‘Female lateral thinking’ where the woman is seen not as a victim but in her ability to circumvent obstacles “explains the organizer.
“The approximately 10 thousand images from all over the world that came to us after we were the first to launch the call ‘Life in the time of Coronavirus’ last year will be donated to the Istituto Luce and will be exhibited at the Festival of Ethical Photography in Lodi with we have a close collaboration “announces Maria Cristina Valeri. (HANDLE).
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