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Fotografia Europea 2024

26 Apr 2024 - 9 Jun 2024

Nature loves to hide

Reggio Emilia, 26 April – 9 June 2024
Inaugural events 26–28 April 2024

Nature loves to hide is the theme chosen by the Festival’s artistic board, once again this year made up of Tim Clark (editor of 1000 Words), Walter Guadagnini (photography historian and Director of CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) and Luce Lebart (researcher and curator, Archive of Modern Conflict).
Drawing on the paradox expressed in a famous fragment by Heraclitus, the title seeks to encompass the power of a nature that so often conceals its essence right before our eyes, while increasingly revealing it in destructive ways, in a continuous process that may be understood as an oscillation between being and becoming. Through this edition’s many prestigious solo and group exhibitions, Fotografia Europea 2024 sets out to explore the connections between concealment and discovery that dominate our relationship with nature, imagining new narratives, beyond an eco-centric conception and an attitude of dominant control that our species exercises over the planet, so as to understand the current dynamics and the new directions to be taken.

Palazzo Magnani, Chiostri di San Pietro, Palazzo da Mosto, Villa Zironi, Palazzo dei Musei, Biblioteca Panizzi, Spazio Gerra are the venues hosting the twenty-one exhibitions of this edition.

Solo exhibitions: Lisa Barnard, Marta Bogdańska, Arko Datto, Karim El Maktafi, Silvia Infranco, Matteo de Mayda, Susan Meiselas, Jo Ractliffe, Natalya Saprunova, Helen Sear, Bruno Serralongue, Michele Sibiloni, Silvia Rosi, Yvonne Venegas, Terri Weifenbach

Group shows: Giovane Fotografia Italiana #11 | Premio Luigi Ghirri 2024, Index Naturae, La collezione di Linea di Confine a Reggio Emilia, NEW THEATERS OF THE REAL. Collaborating with AI, Sky Album. 150 years of capturing clouds, Zone di passaggio

In addition to the exhibitions, the Festival is enriched by a calendar of events that will accompany visitors from the opening days – 26, 27, 28 April – through until 9 June.

In addition to meetings with artists, the programme also includes discussions with Mariangela Gualtieri, poet and writer, and Marco Paolini, playwright and writer, both in dialogue with Loredana Lipperini, writer and journalist. Plus book presentations, book signings, portfolio readings and [PARENTESI] BOOKFAIR, the space dedicated to independent publishers.

The third edition of Fotofonia, the musical side of the Festival, curated by Max Casacci (producer and founder of Subsonica), is entitled Urban Souls and is dedicated to the history, present and future of an Italian music capable of fusing black and soul roots with the complexity of contemporary urban languages, through both melody and words.

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  • Date: 26 Apr 2024 - 9 Jun 2024
  • Location:Reggio Emilia
  • Curators:Tim Clark, Walter Guadagnini, Luce Lebart

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