“Piazza della Fotografia”, Santa Maria in Trastevere becomes a free cultural center

Photography emerges from the closed doors of museums and galleries and takes to the streets at the beginning of summer. From June 25th to September 24th, Santa Maria in Trastevere will be transformed into an open-air museum of photography, a large free cultural center for citizens and tourists in the world of historical, contemporary and international images.

On the calendar, every day, through a large LedWall mounted in the square, the projections of video installations of photo projects will be displayed in loop from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., enriched by in-depth encounters and performances. A new video installation and a talk every week, each dedicated to a different topic.

“Culture plays a key role as a cross-sectional factor in all areas of society, especially in a moment of restart like this – explains Maria Cristina Valeri, President of ‘Roma Fotografia’ – We will involve a heterogeneous audience, a multicultural universe, in a dynamic and participatory dialogue”.

Among the themes covered is the photographic journey as a metaphor for life: the shots, taken around the world by the photographers Maria Cristina Valeri, Alex Mezzenga and Gilberto Maltinti, invite the public to grasp the nuances of the journey that each of us goes through makes every day. The photographers and organizers will enter into dialogue with the harpsichordist Luca Purchiaroni to narrate the idea of ​​traveling taking inspiration from the famous “Intervallo RAI” and making it contemporary. The soundtrack for the video installation is the original of that time, from Handel to Couperin, from Paradisi to Bach.

Among the appointments on the calendar is the free international call “All Eyes Lead to Rome”, a video installation made up of photos taken by Romans and tourists touring the capital, shots of a city that is after the dramatic years of the pandemic. To participate, simply connect to the website https://www.roma-fotografia.it/call-ROMA/ and send a photo by July 6th.

In the calendar, among other things, a video installation dedicated to the images of young creatives in the museums and archaeological sites of the capital, curated by TWM Factory; the shots of archaeologist and speleologist Carlo Pavia, pioneer of photography in underground archaeological environments; the unpublished images of the Italian space missions in space by ASI – Italian Space Agency; a photographic homage to Gassman, Manfredi, Mastroianni, Sordi, Tognazzi and Vitti, with stage photos stolen from their daily lives by the Cinecittà Light Archive.

The Roma Fotografia association was founded in 2019 to disseminate and promote photography in all its forms and expressions. In recent years he has organized exhibitions of great authors such as Franco Fontana, Tina Modotti, Caio Mario Garrubba and Pino Settanni. And major events such as “L’isola della Fotografia” in partnership with the Isola del Cinema; ‘A Lazio d’AMare’, exhibited at the Castle of Santa Severa and the Roman Headquarters of Eataly; “Spazio Roma Fotografia 19. Human Gazes from Cosmos to Virtual Reality” at Palazzo Merulana; “Essenze di Roma”, a project dedicated to the green heritage of the capital; “Roma Fotografia 2020 EROS”, exhibitions, workshops and lectures on beauty and passion; “Life in the Time of Coronavirus,” the international photo op; “Roma Fotografia 2021 FREEDOM”, a stage to make photography and its protagonists an increasingly widespread language. More information on the activities of “Roma Fotografia” on the website https://www.roma-fotografia.it.

The program of “Piazza della Photographia”

Saturday June 25th

9pm – Inauguration of the ‘Piazza della Fotografia’

Presentation of all the events of the “Piazza della Fotografia” to the public.

from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – ‘I love traveling’

The video installation shows the travel photographs from around the world by the photographers from Roma Fotografia in dialogue with the harpsichordist Luca Purchiaroni.

The video installation can be seen from June 25 to July 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 2, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “Smile at Home”

Video installation “Smile al Home”, a selection of ironic and surreal images from around the world collected during the international appeal “Life in the Time of Coronavirus”.

The video installation can be seen from 2 to 10 July from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 10, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “Young Creatives”

The video installation celebrates Made in Italy talent under 30 with images captured in the capital’s museums and archaeological sites. The photographer and author of the project Riccardo Ferranti intervenes.

The video installation can be seen from 10 to 16 July from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 16, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “All eyes are on Rome”

A selection of images made by professional photographers, amateurs and citizens, tourists traveling around the capital. Vincenzo Spina from Rome Guides tells the story of Trastevere.

The video installation can be seen from 16 to 24 July from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 24, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “Art and Photography”

Caravaggio first photographer, Costantino D’Orazio, art historian and Giulia Silvia Ghia, art historian and cultural adviser, Municipality of Rome I Center.

The video installation can be seen from July 24th to 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “Underground Rome”

Video installation with photographs by archaeologist, speleologist and photographer Carlo Pavia, pioneer of photography in underground archaeological environments. The author will be present.

The video installation can be seen from July 30 to August 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m

From August 6 to 13, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – “Freedom”

A selection of images from around the world collected by Roma Fotografia during the international call for freedom.

From August 13 to 20, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – ‘People’

A selection of images from around the world collected by Roma Fotografia during the international appeal People.

Saturday, August 20, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – ‘Ansa. The most important Italian agency for photojournalists”

The images of the most important Italian news agency, which has been reporting on international events without gaps for over 60 years.

The video installation can be seen from 20 to 27 August from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday 27 August from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “LICIACube and ArgoMoon: the first Italian satellites in space”

A visual journey through the space missions of ASI – Italian Space Agency, with Simone Pirrotta.

The video installation can be seen from August 27 to September 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 3, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “Female Photography Bresciani Visual Art Award”

An appointment dedicated to the female gaze told through the images of professional and amateur photographers.

The video installation can be seen from 3 to 10 September from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 10, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “Surviving the Anthropocene: The Great Challenge of Environmental Research”

Researcher Marco Faimali, head of the Genoa branch of the Institute for Research into Anthropogenic Impacts and Sustainability in the Marine Environment, will speak about the experiences of environmental research in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Mediterranean.

The video installation can be seen from 10 to 17 September from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Saturday September 17 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – “The Sacred Monsters of Italian Comedy”

A tribute to Gassman, Manfredi, Mastroianni, Sordi, Tognazzi, Vitti with a summary of scene images and photos stolen from their daily lives.

The video installation can be seen from 17 to 24 September from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

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