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Fotografia: Festival Internazionale di Roma

September 21, 2011

Italy's biggest showcase of contemporary photography returns to Rome

  • Text by Flavia Ferrucci

FOTOGRAFIA - Festival Internazionale di Roma reaches its tenth edition and comes back for the second consecutive year in the spaces of MACRO Testaccio. The event both promotes and is a witness to Rome's growing interest in photography. The festival is the leading Italian showcase of new languages and national and international talents, promoting contemporary photography in its various expressons. Meetings, lectures and workshops, presentations and photography screenings will be heldon September 23 and 24, to encourage interaction between visitors and representatives of the international and local photographic community.

"Motherland is the central theme of this edition of the festival, an issue to be explored in relation to the rise of new identities in a completely explored and technologised world. There's a need to investigate and seek one's own land. The exhibition explores the special relationship established between photography and the territory.

The show, curated by Marco Delogu, collects works that have never been exhibited in Italy by names such as Alec Soth, Tim Davis, Guy Tillim, David Hope, Leonie Purchas, David Farrell, Tod Papageorge, Paolo Ventura, Antonio Biasiucci, Anders Petersen and Guido Guidi. Other solo and group exhibitions will be presented in the halls of MACRO, and a series of galleries and institutional places will host collateral events for the entire duration of the festival.

The entire program can be found here. Alongside the main exhibition the Rome Commission event returns. For nine years, selected international photographers have been asked  to portray the city of Rome in total freedom of interpretation. This year Alec Soth's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" will be presented. The title of the exhibition quotes a John Keats verse, who inspired the work of the great American photographer, universally recognised as one of the great protagonists of on-the-road photography.

Fotografia: Festival Internazionale di Roma from September 23 @

MACRO Testaccio
Piazza orazio giustiniani

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