FotoLeggendo is back and once again it has changed look and location.
After the exhilarating experience of last year’s edition where we broke away from the confines of conventional spaces, this year we wanted to take a chance on a traditional location with a strong personality: the former slaughterhouse the Pelanda at the Macro Testaccio, one of the industrial archeological gems in Rome.
Storie (Stories) is the name I decided to give this year’s edition because I wanted to portray different life stories and various techniques in narration that range from Polaroids to photos taken from a cell phone, from multimedia projects to traditional negatives.
Our journey begins with a giant in contemporary photography, Larry Fink, with a work curated by Laura Serani. Through his unique vision, he offers us a view of the split that has been taking place in the United States in the past five years. In addition to Larry Fink we are hosting another icon in contemporary photography, Michael Ackerman and his constant intimate research in a new work curated by Lina Pallotta.
Then there are Laia Abril, Esa Ylijaasko, Lorenzo Castore, Emiliano Mancuso and Federico Romano, Fabio Itri and Karim El Maktafi, artists who provide us with a perspective on how important photography is in moments of great change. But FotoLeggendo is also the poetry expressed by Australian photographer Tamara Dean who will be in Rome for the first time with her work curated by di Diego Orlando.
We have given space to the exhibitions that won the FotoLeggendo, Boutographies and G.Tabò Prizes and to the International Photobook Kassel Dummies. And there will also be portfolio reviews, book presentations and workshops.
FotoLeggendo is an international festival open to the entire city that collaborates with numerous photographic exhibition spaces and entities in Rome including the Museo di Roma in Trastevere that will host the OSTKREUZ photo agency exhibition. Diverse spaces that give life to a circuit of independent locations that work year round to reveal Rome as a fervid essence and driving force in promoting art and cultural events and not only as a city that holds conventions or roundtables.
This year marks Officine Fotografiche’s 15th anniversary and the Festival is in keeping with our commitment to promoting photography. We are also celebrating the opening of a new office in Milan.
I want to thank all the photographers, curators and galleries that, as always, have contributed their friendship and professionalism, and the partners, teachers and staff at Officine Fotografiche Roma. Enjoy.