From June 18 to October 2, Florence is hosting the major exhibition "Fotografe!" (Photographers!), a project featuring the absolute stars of yesterday's and today's female photographers and juxtaposing original works from the Alinari Archives with contemporary productions.
Villa Bardini and Forte Belvedere are the two prestigious and scenic exhibition venues involved in the project, a single itinerary, rich and evocative, that starting from the photography of the origins goes through the 20th century and arrives to the present day, placing side by side the first photographic procedures and contemporary experiments.
The exhibition does not follow a chronological progression, but is constructed by analogies, differences, suggestions, themes and genres, first and foremost the photographic portrait, bringing together in a single path photographs and female photographers born in different eras, places and social contexts, giving centrality to personalities that are often underestimated.
On display are vintage prints, albums and negatives from the Alinari Archives, works from the diverse collections of more than forty female photographers, many of them previously unpublished: early daguerreotypists from the 1840s, such as Frenchwoman Bernardine Caroline Théodora Hirza Lejeune (Paris 1824-1895), original prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Lucia Moholy, Maria Mulas, Ketty La Rocca, Lisetta Carmi, Diane Arbus, and Bettina Rheims, compared with the productions of ten Italian female authors, Eleonora Agostini, Arianna Arcara, Federica Belli, Marina Caneve, Francesca Catastini, Myriam Meloni, Giulia Parlato, Roselena Ramistella, Sofia Uslenghi and Alba Zari.
Two sections of the exhibition are devoted to fonds from the Alinari Archives: that of sisters Wanda Wulz (Trieste 1903-1984) and Marion Wulz (Trieste 1905-1990) and that of Edith Arnaldi (Vienna 1884-Rome 1978), best known as a writer and artist in the Futurist area under the pseudonym Rosa Rosà.
During the exhibition period, Villa Bardini will organize dialogues with the artists in the exhibition and workshops for families and children aged 7 to 12, included in the exhibition ticket: "The Art of Seeing. Atelier for Young Photographers" and "Herbarium in Cyanotype," both by reservation.
Guided tours of the exhibition will be held at Forte Belvedere (Friday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Cost €5 (€2.50 for residents Metropolitan City of Florence). The tour includes Rä di Martino's exhibition "Play it again" and Forte Belvedere. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org - tel. + 39 055 2768224 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
Villa Bardini (Costa San Giorgio 2) and Forte Belvedere (Via San Leonardo 1), Florence
- Ticket 10 €, reduced 5 €, free up to 18 years old
- The ticket is valid for the two venues and also allows a visit to Rä di Martino's exhibition "Play it again" which is underway in the Palazzina del Forte di Belvedere.
- Admission to the outdoor spaces of Fort Belvedere is free.
Exhibition curated by Emanuela Sesti and Walter Guadagnini, presented and promoted by Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia and Fondazione CR Firenze, in collaboration with the City of Florence, MUS.E and Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron. With the contribution of Unicoop Firenze. The exhibition is part of Forte di Belvedere's summer cultural offerings curated by Museo Novecento.