INTERSEZIONI – Ragusa Foto Festival


26 July || August 25th 2019


From July 26 to August 25, in the baroque setting of Ragusa Ibla, in Sicily, the VIII edition of Ragusa Photo Festival is held. Since 2012, the Festival is an opportunity for exchange dedicated to contemporary photography, with particular attention to young talents and Mediterranean Sicily. Every year the artistic direction and a scientific committee identify a theme around which exhibitions and events revolve, involving artists, authors, critics and cultural operators of the highest level, with the intention of reflecting on the methodological scope of the study of photography. The works of authors recognized on the international scene this year are flanked by projects created by young authors from all over the world, with the aim of proposing a reflection on the methodological scope of the study of photography. INSTITUTIONAL PATRONS The Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, MIBAC, the Assembly and the Councilors of Cultural Heritage and the Family of the Sicily Region, the Municipality of Ragusa, the Free Municipal Consortium of Ragusa and the Chamber of Commerce of South East Sicily. THEME The title of the 2019 edition, “INTERSECTIONS” summarizes the theme towards which Ragusa Foto Festival has aimed at its regard: the most important social institution, the family and its transformations. The photographic projects are the interpretations of his various representations to reflect on the precariousness and difficulty to free his significant evolutions to imagine a conscious future. SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE With the valuable collaboration of Steve Bisson, editor, editor and professor of photography at the Paris College of Art and expert in anthropology and visual literature, the 2019 edition is curated by the Scientific Committee of the Festival composed by Mario Cresci, an internationally renowned artist , professor Aldo Bonomi, sociologist and economy territories expert, IlSole24Ore columnist and director of Aaster, social research institute in Milan, Alfredo Corrao, professor of photography at MiBAC, Rosario Antoci professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania and Stefania Paxhia founder of the Festival, journalist and social researcher.

EXHIBITIONS (15) will remain open until Sunday 25 August 2019

1. Projections of over 100 images about Family from the personal archive of Ferdinando Scianna and the documentary dedicated to him entitled “Instants of things at stake” created by Sonja Riva and Gioconda Donato, produced by Swiss Radio Broadcasting (RSI) for its magazine online cultural Cult +.

2. ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ by Sam Harris, a british photographer known to the international public, who reports from a corner of the world, the south-west of Australia, the voice of the unspoiled childhood of his daughters. The project has received international acclaim including the Australian award Photobook of the Year – Peoples Choice, Australia; Lucie Award and the AIPP Book of the Year in Associazione Antiruggine | 97100 Ragusa | via Ponchielli, 25 | C.F 92035930889 Los Angeles; and was nominated finalist for the POYi Awards, Columbia, and Les Rencontres d’Arles Book Award, France.

3. ‘Handle Like Eggs’ by David Chancellor, a multi award-winning documentary photographer who lives in South Africa, where has combined private and public work. He is widely known for his photography dedicated to wildlife preservation. Recognized by World Press Photo, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and Pictures of the Year International, he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published worldwide

4. ‘Hidden Identities’ by Yvonne De Rosa, photographer and founder of “Magazzini Fotografici” in Naples. She has documented the most hidden family histories between Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina on behalf of the international association Hope and Homes for Children

5. ‘The Hereditary State’ by Daniel W. Coburn (USA) photographer and professor of photography at the University of Kansas. For the past ten years he has photographed to examine the family album as part of a visual infrastructure that supports the ideology of the American dream. His images are preserved in the collections of the most important American museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

6. ‘Memymom’ by Lisa De Boeck & Marilène Coolens, Belgian mother and daughter, for years they have been talking together through art.

7. ‘What Where’ by Julia Kater (Brazil), artist and pedagogue who works on the deconstruction of the image to reflect on our way of understanding and perceiving images.

8. ‘Family textures’, a collective made in collaboration with the Urbanautica Institute, an international photography platform, with the works of 18 authors selected through an international call to create an exploratory path on the plurality of family definitions: Angelo Anzalone (Italy), Claudia Corrent (Italy), Alessandra Dragoni (Italy), Nicola Di Giorgio (Italy), Loulou d’Aki (Sweden), Paola Fiorini (Italy), Raquel Bravo Iglesias (Spain), Mascha Joustra (Netherlands), Kovi Konowiecki (United States ), Laura Lafon (France), Paolo Mazzo (Italy), Lorena Morin (Spain), Sina Niemeyer (Germany), Misha Pipercic (Bosnia), John David Richardson (United States), Enrico Sisti (Italy), Merve Terzi (Turkey ), Emily Wiethorn (United States).

9. “Digital disorientation” by Andrea Buzzichelli (Italy), Stefano Parrini (Italy), Giovanni Presutti (Italy), Eric Souther (United States), a recognition of the possible geographies of visual language to reason about the macroscopic use of images and the consequent impacts in society.

10. Ragusa Residence by Francesco Faraci sicilian author for the album of the Iblean family in the new millennium.

11. Exhibition of selection of artist’s and photographic books on the subject in order to offer a diversification of the use of photography and to be able to open to publishing.

12. “Family’s”, project for secondary school students in Italy to tell the interpretations of the youngest. The project is realized with the collaboration of the cultural association Luna Rosa founded by the collector Carmela Sanguedolce that gives the first prize a money prize.

13. Exhibitions of the two winners of the Best Portfolio Award 2018: Emilia R. Pizzonia OPENING DAYS During the opening days, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July, in addition to the opening of the exhibitions in the presence of the authors, the Festival offers a rich program of events that includes: screenings, talks, real photographic walks and guided tours! Authors, experts, special guests will be involved in an open and dialogue atmosphere. during the days there will be: Ferdinando Scianna, Sam Harris, Alessandra Capodacqua, Steve Bisson, Donata Pizzi, Yvonne De Rosa, Carlo Bevilacqua, Paolo Mazzo and many other authors.

PORTFOLIO READINGS. As every year, the Reading Portfolios also return, representing a useful opportunity to receive advice and suggestions from critics and authors with different professional experiences. Readings as an opportunity for comparison and understanding of the dynamics that link photography to the contemporary. The participants in the readings will also compete in the selection for the Best Portfolio Award 2019. The winner will receive a cash prize of € 500 and the possibility of a personal exhibition during the next edition. This year’s readers portfolio: Alessandra Capodacqua, Yvonne De Rosa, Donata Pizzi, Carlo Bevilacqua

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FORUM dedicated to the theme Furthermore, as a cultural platform, the Festival organizes a discussion dedicated to the theme, promoted by the Order of Journalists of the Sicily Region, and carried out in collaboration with AasterLab of Milan, an association of social research and metamorphoses of the territories, that in addition to the protagonists of this edition, it will involve various intellectuals from other disciplines including Aldo Bonomi.

MEDIA PARTNER. Our main national media partner for 5 years, “Sky ARTE”, which includes the Festival in the summer calendar of national art. Other media partners include “Il Fotografo” directed by Denis Curti, a prestigious journalism and photography magazine, “Radio Siani”, the radio legality (issuing from Campania) and “97100”, a local online newspaper. Like every year, the Festival attracts the interest of the main national media, thus spreading the unmissable beauty of this corner of Sicily and the Iblean Mediterranean.

PARTNER, Aasterlab, Galleria Soquadro, Luna Rosa Award

SPONSORSHIPS Conad, Corabanke, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, Conserve di Sicilia Giuseppe Rosso, NaimaSicilia

TECHNICAL SPONSORS: B&B Intervallo, San Vito Hostels, SCAR Group, Parentesi Group, Leggio Ferramenta, Siet, Comael, Hotel Agli Archi, Restaurant La Rusticana, Antica Ibla Natural shopping center.

Ragusa Foto Festival has been held since 2012, in Ragusa Ibla, in the splendid baroque setting of the Hyblean Sicily, UNESCO heritage. A true cultural medium that attracts a diverse audience of enthusiasts, young authors and many tourists to promote not only international contemporary photography, but also the cultural richness of an area as important as the Iblean Mediterranean.

Among the authors who participated in previous editions: Mario Dondero, Enzo Sellerio, Giuseppe Leone, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Letizia Battaglia, Ferdinando Scianna, Shobha Battaglia, Mario Cresci, Gabriele Basilico, Nino Migliori, Tano D’Amico, Fausto Giaccone, Davide Monteleone , Maurizio Galimberti, Francesco Zizola, Steve McCurry,Ivo Saglietti, Yvonne De Rosa, Peter Bauza, Guia Besana, Paolo Verzone, Enrico Bossan, Andrea Alessio, Giorgio Barrera, Alessandro Penso, Alfredo D’Amato, Umberto Agnello, Mimì Mollica, Roberto Mutti, Silvia Amodio, Filippo Romano, Pavlos Fysakis, Vorgja Easter, Sandra Salimovic, Laia Abril, Tommaso Bonaventura, Alessandro Imbriaco, Carmen Mitrotta, Gianni Cipriano, Daniele Cascone, Carlo Giunta, Silvia Morara.


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