Photography is Woman

Alessandra Spranzi, Tornando a casa #20, 1997 | chromogenic print - Courtesy of PdE

The exhibition, curated by Raffaella Perna, showcases a selection of over 200 photographs and books of photographs from the Donata Pizzi Collection, formed to acquaint as broad an audience as possible with the work of the most original Italian women photographers from the mid-sixties to the present day. The collection, the only one of its kind in Italy, comprises photographs by some 70 women photographers of different generations and from different expressive backgrounds, ranging from the pioneering work of Paola Agosti, Letizia Battaglia, Lisetta Carmi, Carla Cerati, Paola Mattioli and Marialba Russo to the more recent experimental work, dating from the 1990s to 2018, of Marina Ballo Charmet, Silvia Camporesi, Monica Carocci, Gea Casolaro, Paola Di Bello, Luisa Lambri, Raffaella Mariniello, Marzia Migliora, Moira Ricci, Alessandra Spranzi and many others.

Raffaella Mariniello, Still in Life, 2014 | pigment print, 110x130cm - Courtesy of PdE

Women photographers, photo-reporters and artists burst onto the Italian cultural scene in a big way in the 1960s, their acceptance in the world of art and journalism photography, long a bastion of male privilege, being facilitated both by the rapid changes taking place in politics and society and by the new demands being forcefully made by the women's lib movement. It is thanks also to that generation's achievements that women photographers and artists today enjoy such a prominent position on the Italian and international stages, their work being hosted in countless museums, galleries, festivals, magazines and specialist publications both in Italy and abroad. Yet despite this clear reversal of the trend, gender inequality still exists and numerous women photographers' stories have yet to be rediscovered and told.

Giovanna Borgese - The series "Un paese in tribunale", Italia 1980-1983 | gelatin silver print 40x30cm - Courtesy PdE

The exhibition consists of four sections devoted to: photo reportage and social exposé (Inside Stories); the relationship between the photographic image and feminist thought (What Do You Think of Women's Lib?); the identity and depiction of personal relationships (Identity and Relationships); and contemporary research based on exploring the medium's expressive potential (Looking Beyond).

The Exhibition design - Courtesy of PdE

Roma - Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Untili September 2, 2018

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