Flashback. Scatti da Fotografia Europea 2007
curated by Monica Leoni and Elisabeth Sciarretta
The Panizzi library’s photo archive will be participating in the 2023 edition with a selection from the European Photography festival of 2007, an edition that also focused on the theme of Europe, in relation to its cities, a reality that was already in turmoil and undergoing strong evolution at the time.
Even on that occasion, many of the authors invited had naturally considered, as the focus of their research, the relationships between people, more or less conscious or transitional inhabitants of the cities themselves, their absence and their complexity. A theme that, re-proposed more than 15 years later, can be a source of new considerations on our recent past.
With these assumptions, the selected works are those of authors who, by placing the inhabitants of European cities at the centre of their projects, have then elaborated their personal research, working and living in Reggio Emilia (Marina Ballo Charmet, Giorgio Barrera) or investigating the reality of other European cities (Fabrizio Cicconi and Kay Uwe Schulte Bunert, Jean Louis Garnell, Marcello Grassi and Fabrizio Orsi, Klavdij Sluban). These are accompanied by some great photographers of the previous generation who have produced significant projects dedicated to Europe and its inhabitants (Bernard Plossu, Pentti Sammallahti, Ferdinando Scianna).
This small ‘anthology’ of the 2007 edition would like to be the starting point of this 2023 festival, for a thought that, from the images of the past and through the experiences of the present, also on the basis of recent and disruptive european events, explores new research opportunities that can help us imagine the cities and citizens of tomorrow’s Europe.
Listen to the curator’s words Elisabeth Sciarretta