Giovane Fotografia Italiana #7


Reaching its seventh edition in 2019, Giovane Fotografia Italiana is a project — curated by Daniele De Luigi — dedicated to the discovery and showcasing of the best emerging talents in contemporary Italian photography. The format includes a call for submissions — targeted at Italian artists under 35 years old who use photography as a medium — for projects that reflect on the theme of this year’s edition, and in line with the general theme of Fotografia Europea. Introduced in last year’s edition, the Prize Giovane Fotografia Italiana will be awarded during the opening days of Fotografia Europea to the best project, selected by a jury of experts chaired by Walter Guadagnini.

A rope can be understood as a metaphor for different types of bonds. It can hold together things we do not want dispersed, help us remain tied to our travel companions, it can a be a tool to sail through seas or climb mountains towards new horizons, it can save us or help us escape. But a rope can also close off a road, keep us anchored, tie us down, imprison us.

Photography is characterised by a similar ambivalence: it can preserve our roots by keeping memories fresh, maintain bonds, but also trap us in identities and keep us in a past where places, people and relationships become, through images, idealised.

The objective of this edition of Giovane Fotografia Italiana is to bring to light the tension between these two elements present in photography’s temporal dimension.

Promoters: Comune di Reggio Emilia, GAI – Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani, in collaboration with Fetart – Circulation(s), Festival de la Jeune Photographie Européenne of Paris; Photoworks – Brighton Photo Festival, Roca Umbert Fàbrica de les Arts – Festival Panoràmic, Granollers (Barcelona), Fondazione Palazzo Magnani – Festival Fotografia Europea.

With the contribution of Regione Emilia – Romagna, Emilia – Romagna creativa and Reire srl.




With his project Radici (“Roots”) Fabrizio Albertini (Cannobio, 1984) presents an autobiographical narration, sculptural and free, that connects the themes of origin and family.

The artist started by observing his garden, searching for something close to him. The work functions as a stream of consciousness, a form of self-analysis, an instinctive and unconscious process, but nevertheless coherent and logical.



With her work Cicatrici (“Scars”), Silvia Bigi (Ravenna, 1985) reflects on the fragility of memories in the early moments of life, and on how these first images can impact our identity. On 10 August 1985, only a few months old, Bigi witnessed her father, who had just survived a plane crash, re-appear in front of her eyes. She decided to embark on a journey through memory and its mysterious processes, and a real journey, in search of traces still tangible in the present. The project is made up of documents, witness accounts, photographs and installations, in which the artist becomes the fil rouge connecting all fragments.

Notes for a Silent Man


The project Notes for a Silent Man by Emanuele Camerini (Rome, 1987), tells the story of the gradual acceptance of another part of the self, of the identical in mutation.

The artist explores emotions through family photos, and the photos shot during a trip, a trip undertaken with the aim to rediscover the memories and the recollections connected to the paternal figure.

Ritorno all’isola di Arturo


For the project Ritorno all’isola di Arturo (“Return to Arturo’s Island”), Marta Giaccone (Cles, 1988) draws inspiration from Elsa Morante’s novel and in particular from its protagonist Arturo, the young hero that lives a wild and magical existence in late 1930s Italy.

The photographer discovers the Island of Procida, “a small speck of land outside of time”, thanks to the youth that live there today – who almost accept her as one of their own – through their descriptions of this delicate and tumultuous period of their life.

404 Not Found


With the project 404 Not Found, Luca Marianaccio (Agnone, 1986) creates an ambiguous relationship between humans and technology, contemplating scenarios that in the present we might consider negatively, but that in the future could become normality.

The city is seen as the final outcome of a metaphysics where a person “encounters nothing but themselves” and, in this encounter, begins to be afraid. Technology becomes mirror and shield at the same time, deceiving, influencing us and invading a personal subjective space.



With his project N, Iacopo Pasqui (Florence, 1984) investigates the lived experiences of 30-year-olds who live in an Italian province, hanging in the balance of leaving or staying, torn by the desire for a different future and, at the same time, a desire not to give up on their country.

This is the starting point to reflect on the pre-established dynamics that almost impose a mode of living, dictated by a kind of rule from above which prescribes a “normal” existence and “standard” behaviour of a certain type of Italian mentality: the perfect family, idyllic love, the denial of deep cultural values and the celebration of basic entertainment, and working a job without much aspiration. The photographer reflects on the fine thread, at times imperceptible, between a place of belonging and its inhabitants. Photography is a way to explore these areas and see what happens to the protagonists who live on the limits of a European periphery.

Vis Montium


With the project Vis Montium Jacopo Valentini (Modena, 1990) observes the strong and constant attraction held by the Pietra of Bismantova, the rocky hill that characterises the landscape of the Reggiano Apennine, marked by its symbolic nature and it being indisputably a landmark.

Seen from afar, it resembles a sacred altar, to be identified through multiple interpretations. The photographer contemplates the nature of the bond that keeps him connected to an area, what are the ropes that tie him to a land.

Vis Montium aims to go beyond a classical reading of landscape photography and pursue an investigation through a diagonal reading, to understand this specific place which links different worlds, real and imaginary.

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