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UNSEEN / NON VISTI 19:00
UNSEEN / NON VISTI @ Micamera
Jan 31 @ 19:00 – Mar 3 @ 19:00
UNSEEN / NON VISTI @ Micamera | Milano | Lombardia | Italia
UNSEEN / NON VISTI Looking at Europe. Four photographers on the road Jutta Benzenberg, Andrei Liankevich, Livio Senigalliesi, Mila Teshaieva curator: Gabi Scardi Collective Photography Exhibition 1 February – 3 March 2019 supported by Milan City Council Opening on January 31st at 7pm in the presence of the photographers and the curator There is an unseen Europe untouched by the economic development and the attention of politics and the media. There is a Europe that was productive and competitive before the crisis. Now its younger inhabitants abandon it. Four photographers, Jutta Benzenberg, Andrei Liankevich, Livio Senigalliesi, Mila Teshaieva, traveled through the rural areas and the small towns of Albania, the vast marshland of Polesia in Belarus, Saxony Anhalt (in former East Germany) and the Italian Sulcis coalmining district in Sardinia, where they told the story of what is most deeply rooted and vulnerable: the family. Curated by Gabi Scardi, the exhibition bears witness to the ‘side effects’ of the great changes that have taken place in the last few decades on the old continent, revealing both the widespread common features and the diversities. The exhibition grew out of a project of the Goethe-Institut Mailand set up in 2017: “In the Shadows – Families in Europe”. The project’s goal was to investigate the effects of the rapid transformation of Europe on the family in some of its areas that until recently had been productive and competitive, but which are today suffering from crisis and outmigration. The investigation took place through the eyes of photographers from different countries in Europe: Jutta Benzenberg from Albania, Andrei Liankevich from Belarus, Livio Senigalliesi from Italy and Mila Teshaieva from Germany. They all undertook one or more trips in their own country as well as in one of the others, providing on one side a change in perspective and, on the other, also discovering something in their own country. For instance, Livio e Andrei went to Sardinia and Polesia, whereas Mila and Jutta to Albania and Saxony. Each photographer was accompanied by an expert or journalist with a thorough knowledge of the area. The exhibition shows a selection of the photos taken. What emerges from the multiple lookings and levels of interpretation are the lives and microhistories of the people encountered during the trips, the layers of experiences, and the complexity of each area. This makes the exhibition into a kind of choral mapmaking – though only a partial one – of the most hidden areas on the fringes of Europe. Exhibition photographs The exhibition is made up of four groups of photographs subdivided by author. The works are in many different sizes and formats, in each case consistent with the individual photographer’s intention. On display are portraits and interiors alternating with figures immersed in the places where people live and their daily surroundings, objects, architectures, familiar landscapes and other things. This brings out the authors’ different readings of the places: objective, documentary, anthropological, sociological, and also their more sensitive, intimate, almost inquiring approaches. To restore vividness to these stories, alongside the pictures are some videos and texts by some of the photographers and their ‘companions’ during the trips. There are on average about thirty photos from each author. The stages of the exhibition The exhibition opens in Milan and then moves to Rome in the spring from 21 March to 26 May at the Museo di Roma in the Trastevere district. In September 2019 it will be on in Minsk for “Photography Month” and immediately afterwards in Tirana for “German October”. It ends at the beginning of 2020 with the last stage in Halle at the Kunststiftung des Sachsen-Anhalts (Art Foundation of Saxony Anhalt). The photographers Jutta Benzenberg She continued in Albania a line of research she has been working on for about twenty years, travelling around the country in an attempt to let “forgotten” people speak out and talk about their lives. Here she concentrated on the reality in the small town of Adriatik City. On the other side, the project encouraged her to rediscover her homeland, Germany, where she went to see the real situation in previously neglected places such as Bitterfeld-Wolfen and Halle in former East Germany. Among the photos she took, the intense expressive portraits of children stand out strongly. There are also numerous fragments of everyday life and pictures of outdoors, places and abandoned pieces of architecture on the edge of towns. Jutta Benzenberg studied photography at the Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign in Munich and has since worked as a photographer for various photography and theatre reviews. In 1991, she made her first trip through Albania in the company of writer Ardian Klosi to document the upheaval of that time, taking snap portraits and immortalising landscapes. After numerous journeys in Albania, in the spring of 1993 they jointly published the book Albanisches Überleben [Albanian Survival] in Salzburg. Their second book Bukuri e rëndë [Sombre Beauty], sponsored by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, came out in Tirana in 2004. The works in this publication have been put on display in exhibitions such as those at the Biennial Arts Festival Tirana (Albania), Think Pink (Pristina, Croatia), and the Goethe-Institut in Thessaloniki and in Athens (Greece). Her last individual and collective exhibitions have been in Rumania, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, USA (Washington DC) and Latin America. From 2013 to 2014 she was official photographer to Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania. She is now living in Tirana. Andrei Liankevich Andrei Liankevich chose to make ordinary life visible. His project is dedicated in one part to the lonely elderly, especially women, who populate the marshlands of the Polesia region in Belarus and in the other to today’s and yesterday’s miners in Sardinia, with their common respect for the mountains and a life marked by work in the mines. He travelled in Belarus, his native land, and in Italy in order to rediscover not only life and work in these countries, but also the myths, traditions and legends that still live[...]
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Alex Majoli: Scene / talk and booksigning 19:00
Alex Majoli: Scene / talk and booksigning @ Micamera
Mar 11 @ 19:00 – 21:30
Alex Majoli: Scene / talk and booksigning @ Micamera | Milano | Lombardia | Italia
Monday, March 11 _ 7pm Alex Majoli presents Scene (MACK + Le Bal, 2019) booksigning follows SCENE  is a reference to theatricality. The new, beautiful book by Majoli collects images taken over eight years: documentation of conflicts and humanitarian emergencies, political demonstrations, but also quiet moments of everyday life. It is the theater of life: the world is a dark stage illuminated by the flash of the camera. But beware, Majoli does not build the images, often does not even interact with the subjects. In the book, to put it with David Campany, the representation of drama and the drama of representation become one. And everything seems to happen at the end of the day, as night falls. Did someone, aware of the presence of the photographer, perhaps change the gesture? It is not known. The exhibition that just opened at Le Bal (Paris) is accompanied by a series of performances that reflect on the relationship between reality and fiction. Because if theater is seeing when looking, then photography, in the sequence of the book, moves to reflection on what has been seen. Alex Majoli presents the book at Micamera on Monday, March 11 at 7 pm. Booksigning follows. in via Medardo Rosso, 19 in Milan ph. +39 02 4548 1569 / associazione@micamera.it BUY YOUR SIGNED COPY HERE
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Stone Butterfly – Cristina Ferraiuolo 19:00
Stone Butterfly – Cristina Ferraiuolo @ Micamera
Mar 21 @ 19:00 – 21:30
Stone Butterfly - Cristina Ferraiuolo @ Micamera | Milano | Lombardia | Italia
Thursday, March 21st _ 7pm Cristina Ferraiuolo: Stone Butterfly (Journal, 2018) talk and booksigning A long term project, an emotional, sentimental journey searching the roots of my identity, discovering the female universe around me, in which I have learned to recognize myself and that is one thing with the city. – Cristina Ferraiuolo The butterfly symbolizes femininity and lightness. It reminds of the movement of teenage girls in Neaples, strolling around town on their scooters. They carry the beauty of vital force, in a stage of life that is over in a flapping of wings. The butterfly is beauty, fragility, transformation. The stone is the weight of a destiny often written, but also a symbol of resistance and determination. It is the basalt, the volcanic stone that roads are made of, on which these young women drive their vehicles; it is the porous tufa of Neaples: a city that vibrates while, at the same time, is suspended in time, almost motionless. In Naples, streets are a place to play, grow, live, show off, seduce. Here stone and butterfly are not in juxtaposition; everything coexists, everything passes from one side to the other, from one extreme to another, without obstacles, in a fluid way. The lightness of the butterfly coexists with the heaviness of the stone and there is beauty in both.     Cristina Ferraiuolo will be at Micamera on Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm to present the book published by Journal in 2018. Booksigning will follow Book your signed copy here              
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