news | FOTOGRAFE! – closing of the exhibition
Great success for the FOTOGRAFE! exhibition, which closed on Sunday, October the 2nd, 2022
On Sunday, October the 2nd, the exhibition FOTOGRAFE! – Women Photographers! Alinari Archives to Contemporary Perspectives closed with a peak of 1.728 visitors over the course of the day.
Curated by Emanuela Sesti and Walter Guadagnini, presented and promoted by Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia and Fondazione CR Firenze, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, the exhibition united two venues, Villa Bardini and Forte di Belvedere, for the entire summer through an evocative itinerary that placed original works from the Alinari Archives alongside contemporary productions.
The exhibition has been enriched by two sections devoted to significant collections from the Alinari Archives (that of the sisters Wanda and Marion Wulz, and that of Edith Arnaldi), thanks to Calliope Arts, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to enhance and safeguard the cultural heritage of women, through its programme Restoration Conversations, whom we thank for their support.
More than 32.000 admissions were registered between Villa Bardini and Forte Belvedere. A high number of admissions was recorded particularly on weekends. In the month of September alone, thanks also to the success of the media and word-of-mouth, about half of the total number of visitors entered the two exhibition sites.
Our family workshops at Villa Bardini had a great response too: FOTOGRAFI SI CRESCE!, promoted by the Fondazione CR Firenze during the exhibition's opening.
The workshops involved nearly 1.000 Florentines, including adults and children, in two types of activities:
- "The Art of Seeing. Atelier for young photographers," curated by MUS.E, which allowed the youngest children to approach the language of photography in a playful way;
- "Herbarium with the cyanotype technique", curated by FOTONOMIA, where children were guided in the creation of photographic prints using the cyanotype technique.
The exhibition allowed visitors to admire, on the one hand, the works preserved in the Alinari Archives, in many cases unpublished and printed directly from the original negatives, and on the other hand, works by ten contemporary authors, representatives of the younger generation born after 1980, who confronted themselves with historical photographs, creating an ideal conversation with the great women photographers of the past, proposing new keys to understanding their images.
If you missed the exhibition, you can still buy our catalog, edited by Emanuela Sesti and Walter Guadagnini, and produced by Mandragora!
You can purchase our catalog here →