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IMAGES & POWERS: THE EYES no.9
Martina Bacigalupo, Giacomo Papi
Francesco M. Cataluccio, Giulia Zorzi
introduction by publisher Vincent Marcilhacy
curated by Frigoriferi Milanesi + Micamera
From the role of new technologies in social control and in the manipulation of information, to the use of image for the demonstration of power and the participation – or opposition – to it.
How can we define the relation of Image and Power?
The ninth and upcoming issue of THE EYES – magazine based in Paris and directed by Rémi Coignet, published in French and English – questions this relationship from different points of view with the help of guest curator Christian Caujolle.
From Ethan Levitas’ images – the result of an action intended both to disturb and to create awareness around surveillance cameras, to photomontage between the two world wars.
From Broomberg and Chanarin’s work Spirit is a Bone (MACK, 2016) based on the possibility to realize a 3D reconstitution of the face from a single view by a surveillance video camera, to the images of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was always depicted with a camera around his neck (Tiane Doan na Champassak: The King of Photography; self, 2001); or again, to the political use of selfies in the campaign of Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto (Alejandro Cartagena: Enrique 2012—2018; Gato Negro Ediciones, 2018).
Frigoriferi Milanesi, cultural hub in Milan, together with Micamera, consider this a much needed discussion.
Taking the cue from the magazine they have invited photographer and picture editor Martina Bacigalupo and writer and journalist Giacomo Papi for a talk that is meant to be a participated discussion.
Martina Bacigalupo has always questioned the representation and the use of image in media and our right to represent our experience in our own terms – as a photojournalist, as a picture editor (for the magazine 6Mois) and in her recent work and shared project in collaboration with scholar Sharon Sliwinski.
Italian journalist and writer Giacomo Papi is the author of the book Under Arrest: A History of the Twentieth Century in Mugshots (Granta Books, 2006) that traces the history of the twentieth century through mugshots, evidence of the implementation of power.
The event is the highlight of Foto, Libri & Co., the photography-related program of Bookcity in Milan.
It will be introduced by writer Francesco M. Cataluccio. Copies of the new issue of the magazine will be available for purchase, together with a selection of photobooks curated by Micamera.
Martina Bacigalupo (Genoa, 1978)
Member of the Agence VU’ since 2010, she lives and works mainly in Paris, after having spent 10 years in East Africa. She studied literature and philosophy in Italy and then photography at the London College of Communication. She moved to Burundi in 2007. Her work focuses on human rights issues. Her works are published by international press titles such as The New York Times, Internazionale, Esquire, Sunday Times Magazine. She has been awarded many times. Her series Gulu Real Art Studio was published by Steidl in 2013 and exhibited at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York in 2013, at Paris Photo, Unseen Fair and the Rencontres d’Arles in 2014, at the Milano Triennale in 2016. It entered the Arthur Walther Collection as well as the Donata Pizzi Collection. She is picture editor of French magazine 6Mois.
Giacomo Papi (Milan, 1968), essayist and writer. He worked for Diario magazine from 2000 to its end in 2007. In 2004, together with Luca Formenton and Massimo Coppola, he founded the imprint ISBN Edizioni, of which he was also editorial director.
He is the author of: Under Arrest: A History of the Twentieth Century in Mugshots (Granta Books, 2006) and for Einaudi Stile Libero: È facile ricominciare a fumare. Se sai come farlo (2010); I primi tornarono a nuoto (2012); I fratelli Kristmas (2015 and 2016); La compagnia dell’acqua (2017).
He currently directs the Belleville writing school.
Francesco M. Cataluccio (Florence, 1955) studied philosophy and literature in Florence and Warsaw. He curated the Italian editions of Witold Gombrowicz’s and Bruno Schulz’s works. He has written: Immaturità (Einaudi, 2004; 2014); Che fine faranno i libri? (Nottetempo, 2010); Vado a vedere se di là è meglio (Sellerio, 2010); Chernobyl (Sellerio, 2011); L’ambaradan delle quisquiglie (Sellerio, 2012); La memoria degli Uffizi (Sellerio, 2013). He is a contributor to: Inventario, ilPost.it, doppiozero.com and La Rivista di Engramma. He is in charge of the cultural program of Frigoriferi Milanesi. In 2012 he has been awarded the Premio Ryszard Kapuściński.
Giulia Zorzi (Milan, 1972)
She studied first at the Translation and Interpreting School in Milan and then graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature. Beside that, she worked for various years in the organization of concerts and music festivals.
In 2003 she founded Micamera together with Flavio Franzoni.