A new project for Senigallia City of Photography which confirms the commitment to research into the origins of photography in Senigallia. From 20 October to 8 January 2024 the rooms on the ground floor of Palazzetto Baviera will host the Maria Spes Bartoli exhibition. First Photographer curated by Simona Guerra in collaboration with Vanessa Sabbatini.
Maria Spes Bartoli was the first professional photographer to open her own atelier in the Marche, in 1924. Born in Senigallia in 1888, she witnessed decisive chapters in the history of our country while, with her work and artistic commitment, she contributed to important changes in the way of defining the female figure within our society.
Its primacy is a noteworthy fact as the gender stereotypes that have accompanied our culture have long been a reason for the exclusion of women from many professions, including photography.
Maria Spes lived in Senigallia until she was 16; it is here that he took his first shots, together with his father Beniamino, also a photographer. Later he moved to Tolentino where he continued his commitment professionally. Great-granddaughter of the bishop of Senigallia Ignazio Bartoli, she was born into a family of noble origins devoted to art. For her, photography was a profession but also a way to get to know herself deeply, given that the archive preserves numerous self-portraits of extraordinary beauty.
Theater is the other important presence in his life. After her theatrical debut in Senigallia together with her father, she was part of the Mandolinistic-Filodramatic Club of Tolentino and after the war of the Filodrammatica “A. Parisani” and of the amateur dramatics section of the fun group “S. Bezzi”.