ROPES / CORDE
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.