From 28 April to 11 June 2023 EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY returns to Reggio Emilia , the international photography festival - fresh winner of the 2022 edition of the Lucie Awards in New York, the most coveted award in the sector, as best Photo Festival of the Year - promoted and produced by the Palazzo Magnani Foundation together with the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and with the contribution of the Emilia-Romagna Region. Also this year, therefore, an important opportunity to observe a world in continuous and rapid change, of which photography freezes the moment to help us understand and understand its directions and dynamics.
The look of this eagerly awaited XVIII edition of European Photography is directed towards the strictest current events, where the roots of our individual and social identity are constantly put to the test. “ Europe matters: visions of a restless identity” is the theme to which the projects selected by the artistic direction of the Festival refer, made up of Tim Clark (editor 1000 Words & curator Photo London Discovery), Walter Guadagnini (historian of photography and Director of CAMERA - Italian Center for Photography), and Luce Lebart (historian of photography, co-author of the fundamental volume Une histoire global des femmes photographes, curator of exhibitions and researcher both for the Archive of Modern Conflict Collection and independent). An edition characterized not only by the quality of the exhibitions, but also by the level of meetings, conferences, book presentations and educational activities that will be organized during the festival.
The photographic works from the Ars Aevi collection that celebrate Bosnia Herzegovina as a guest country for this edition of the festival will be placed in the Palazzo da Mosto venue. Partial anagram of the word "Sarajevo", Ars Aevi ("art of the time" in Latin) is a unique project of a contemporary art museum created by the collective will and ethical cooperation of important international artists, curators and museums of contemporary art, who donated their works to Sarajevo during the war, to support the besieged city and accompany its civil, ethical and cultural renaissance.Ars Aevi presents part of its important photographic collection at European Photography 2023, testifying of that capillary international network of friends, partners and supporters who believe in the importance and moral, aesthetic and developmental values of which contemporary art is the bearer.The exhibition, which has the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo, is the result of the important collaboration developed in recent years between the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo, culminating in the signing of a twinning agreement between the two cities on 9 May 2022 in Reggio Emilia, the day on which the Europe Day, and 12 July 2022 in Centar Sarajevo.