Photography lights up Lucca

“PHOTOLUX - PHOTO Lucca eXhibitions – the right Way of photography” is the new biennial international photography festival in Lucca and its symbol is “Light”, the essence of photography. A perfect setting for a new festival: for three weeks, between November and December, the charming Tuscan town of Lucca, with its ancient city center, beautiful palaces and towers, will be filled with photo exhibitions and side events, like workshops and talks. The theme of this year Festival is “Urbis” – the City, from the small town to the big city, with its complexity and diversity, and the urban visions of great photographers, binding historic, architectural, social and human levels. logo_urbis PHOTOLUX wishes to bring together renowned masters, experts and photography lovers as well as new and emerging talents and cutting-edge artistic practices. Here are the exhibitions that are ready to be set out in some of the most elegant and important Lucca buildings. Jonas Bendiksen, The place we live – Real Collegio A wide and complex photographic project by young Jonas Bendiksen, whose aim is to depict life conditions in the poorest neighborhoods in different cities around the world. Maurizio Galimberti, Parigi – Palazzo della Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca This exhibition is dedicated to Paris and will present a selection of the most significant photographs created using the various techniques preferred by the artist: mosaics, single polaroid, ready-made and impossible. Luca Campignotto, Nightscapes – Palazzo Ducale Luca Campigotto looks at the evolution of urban landscapes, from the black and white photographs of Venetia Obscura, to the last colour work, Gotham City.
[Photo Credits: Luca Campigotto, Valley National Bank]
[Photo Credits: Luca Campigotto, Valley National Bank]
Weng Fen, Sitting on the wall: Haikou – Palazzo Guinigi Haikou City is where Weng Fen lives. The exhibition focuses on the issue of modernization and urbanization processes, which started in the 80s in China. Irene Kung, La città invisibile (The invisible city) – Palazzo Guinigi Irene Kung took these pictures in different cities around the world, looking at these metropolitan realities and transforming them, cutting them off from their surrounding urban context and from the epoch they belong to, making famous monuments float in an undefined and dreamy atmosphere.
[Photo Credits: Irene Kung, Aya Sofia Istanbul]
[Photo Credits: Irene Kung, Aya Sofia Istanbul]
Joel Meyerowitz, Taking my time – Real Collegio On display is part of a retrospective exhibition of world-renowned American photographer Joel Meyerowitz, thanks to the collaboration with the Cortona On The Move festival. Boris Mikhailov, Reconstruction – Villa Bottini Boris Mikhailov's exhibition presents pictures from the series At Dusk (1993) and the more recent Promzona (Industrial Zone, 2011). Gergely Szatmari, Meadowlands – Palazzo Guinigi The title "Meadowlands" stands for a region and an institution – a sports and amusement park in New Jersey. Photographing this place and its inhabitants, Gergely Szatmáry deals with the issues of superfluity, inertia and its results.
[Photo Credits: Gergely Szatmari, Meadowlands Paramount]
[Photo Credits: Gergely Szatmari, Meadowlands Paramount]
Christopher Thomas, New York Sleeps – Palazzo della Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca New York is renowned as "the city that never sleeps", but Thomas shows us a silent and, above all, deserted New York. Lorenzo Tricoli e Micamera, SYL – Support Your Locals – Real Collegio In recent years, Isola, a neighbourhood in Milan, has undergone an intense process of gentrification, which deeply transformed its social and urban fabric. Masssimo Vitali, City Coasts – Palazzo Ducale In the human communities photographed by Massimo Vitali there are specific kinds of modern social habits to be observed in some of their typical configurations.
[Photo Credits: Massimo Vitali, Pic Nic Allee]
[Photo Credits: Massimo Vitali, Pic Nic Allee]
  There will also be exhibitions dedicated to the winners of the 2013 Roberto Del Carlo Photolux Contest - the winner of the OPEN section (Sara Munari, Place/Planner/Project – Palazzo Ducale) and the winners of the Photovogue section (Palazzo Ducale).
[Photo Credits: Sara Munari, Place Planner Project 1]
[Photo Credits: Sara Munari, Place Planner Project 1]
  Plus special events such as: - The 2013 World Press Photo Exhibition, with all the prize-winning pictures in all the contest's categories (Chiesa dei Servi). - Andrea Boccalini, Corviale – Real Collegio: a reportage that documents the reality of Corviale, to show us that urban, political and institutional decay doesn’t necessarily mean human degradation, too. - Peter Greenway, The towers/Lucca hubris – (San Franceschetto): a video installation by director Peter Greenaway dedicated to the Tower that rose up in Lucca in the 13th century, symbolizing the human hubris. - Aurelio Amedola, Guido Biffoli, Ettore Cortpassi, Eugenio Ghilardi e Gualtiero di Puccio, Lucca città delle mura (Lucca, the city of the walls) – Villa Bottini: an exhibition realized by the Archivio Fotografico Lucchese to celebrate the 500th birthday of the Urban Walls of Lucca (link), through the pictures of five Tuscan authors belonging to different epochs.
[Photo Credits: Archivio Fotografico Lucchese, Lucca città delle mura]
[Photo Credits: Archivio Fotografico Lucchese, Lucca città delle mura]
  INFORMATION “PHOTOLUX - PHOTO Lucca eXhibitions – the right Way of photography” Lucca November 23 – December 15, 2013 Tickets: single tickets for one exhibition, from 6 to 10€; ticket for all the exhibitions 18€ Web-site