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.
As always, the halls of the monumental Cloisters of San Pietro will be the fulcrum of the festival, hosting ten exhibitions .
On the first floor, Mónica De Miranda questions the standard notions of identity based on the categories of race and gender with the project The Island which reveals, through a counter-narrative constructed from the biographies of men and women of African descent living in Portugal, the prejudices rooted in society.
In the next room Güle Güle (goodbye in Turkish) is the personal representation of Istanbul and the profound changes that are affecting Turkish society through the eyes of Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni . By documenting marginalized communities, these shots reveal that human substrate which, according to the two photographers, represents the most sincere expression of each place, beyond the commonly accepted superficial social "facade".
Following Simon Roberts ' project, Merrie Albion photographs the United Kingdom , offering indispensable food for thought on the notions of identity and belonging and on what it means to be British at this crucial moment in contemporary history. Also on display is The Brexit Lexicon , a two-part video work featuring the most common terms that have characterized discussions about Brexit in politics and the media.