Tommaso Bonaventura


un censimento fotografico


Fondo is a photographic campaign for the establishment of an archive collecting portraits of residents of Casacalenda, a small town in Molise (Central Italy). This visual census is made possible through a collaboration with the Casacalenda municipal administration that will receive it as donation.

Fondo produces, files, collects and stores documents thus creating an open, available memory space. This is a photographic census divided into folders and files corresponding to each one of the 2,135 inhabitants of Casacalenda.

Fondo will be kept alive over time by a collaboration with a local photographer’s cabinet, that continues to update it and to enrich it with new images.

This research focuses on the process of creating an archive covering the present day, on its making and on the relationship it establishes with its context.

The exhibition taking place in the halls of the Fotografia Europea festival follows the alphabetical order of filed records, recreating a mapping of the population coherent to archive logic and vocabulary.


Tommaso Bonaventura’s project is part of the group exhibition 2017. Altri paesi, curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

Starting from the historical example of the “village” captured by Cesare Zavattini and Paul Strand in Un paese, Tommaso Bonaventura, Aleix Plademunt and Moira Ricci were invited to elaborate, through their original productions, what that “village” has become as a metaphor, a paradigm, an ideal map of the whole world, of living together, of how things are or should be. The San Domenico Cloisters host these personal interpretation of today’s Un paese.

Tommaso Bonaventura, Rome 1969

After having studied modern and contemporary history, he has devoted himself to photography since 1992. His works have appeared in major international publications and have received several awards, including the Marco Pesaresi scholarship (2004), World Press Photo (2005), Sony WPA (2010), Ponchielli Prize (2012).

In 2005 he published “Le vie della fede”, dedicated to the great pilgrimages of Christianity in Europe. In 2006 he moved to China, where he lived and worked for a few years.

His photographs have been included in several festivals and museums such as the Rome International Festival of Photography, Noordeerlicht Photofestival, Visa puor l’image, Paris Photo, CAP, Zephir. Since 2011 he has been working on a project called “Corpi di Reato”, Ponchielli Prize in 2012, of which a large selection became part of the permanent collection of MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts.

In 2014 he was selected for the Venice Biennale di Architettura, where he exhibited his “Immediate Surroundings” research.

Teatro Cavallerizza – 11.30pm
2017: altri paesi
Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli, Walter Guadagnini talk with Tommaso Bonaventura, Aleix Plademunt, Moira Ricci
Chiostri di San Domenico – 11am
2017: altri paesi
Guided tour with Tommaso Bonaventura, Aleix Plademunt and Moira Ricci


chiostri di San Domenico – 11am
Guided tour with Elio Grazioli

Exhibition Venue

Chiostri di San Domenico
via Dante Alighieri, 11
42121 Reggio Emilia


Opening Hours

inaugural days
May 5 › 7am-11pm
May 6 and 7 › 10am-11pm
from May 12 to July 9 Friday/Sunday
Friday › 6pm-11pm
Saturday › 10am-11pm
Sunday and holiday › 10am-8pm

Chiostri di San Domenico