Venice: Tre Oci – Through Women’s Eyes – From Diane Arbus to Letizia Battaglia Exhibition - opening and dinner. In the fascinating space of the Casa dei Tre Oci on the other side of the Guidecca Canal the exhbition Sguardo di Donna (Through Women’s Eyes) – da Diane Arbus a Letizia Battaglia - La Passione e il Coraggio, until December 8, the exhihibiton is curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti. The work of twenty-five photographers has been chosen to direct the viewer’s gaze and mind onto a world of diversity, responsibility, compassion, and justice. Through Women’s Eyes is a powerful exhibition that speaks about the care lavished on relationships, about our relationship with the other, and about ways of gazing on and observing the world, and where the premise is an innate sense of responsibility. It is also an ambitious project, underlining as it does how over the last few decades photography has opted to become a sort of world conscience, often also depicting that which has been concealed. The catalogue is published by Marsilio Editori.
Above. The exhibition’s layout was created by fashion designer and artist Antonio Marras. The installation is in itself an experience within the experience of the exhibition, a fundamental element in the narrative, creating a relationship between the venue’s spaces and the photographic works. Costumes from La Fenice take center stage on the ground floor on the wall a photograph by Letizia Battaglia – A Woman Weeping Over Her Poverty – San Vito Lo Capo – 1980.
Photograph Courtesy M. and E. Woerdehoff von Graffenried, Paris – copyright The Estate of Diane Arbus LLC
Diane Arbus - Girl in Her Circus Costume, MD - 1970
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know”
Antonio Marras, Emanuela Bassetti and Cesare de Michelis
Sguardo di Donna – Da Dianne Arbus a Letizia Battaglia – La Passione e il Coraggio. Antonio Marras designed the exhibition’s layout in such a way as to transport the viewer into the very heart of the stories that can be read along the walls.
Alessandra Sanguinetti – La Pareja from the series Sweet Expectations 1992
“Children are fascinating. We were all children once, and most of who we are was defined in our childhood. As a society, we project so much of our hopes, frustrations, denials, and aspirations on children, and they are so transparent in how they reflect everything that is thrust upon them. How could I not photograph them?”
Sguardo di Donna – Da Dianne Arbus a Letizia Battaglia – La Passione e il Coraggio. A woman is by definition a loving being, capable of “totally giving spirit and body” (Nietzsche, The Gay Science) with unconditional devotion. This is why the curator Francesca Alfano Miglietti, above, has chosen female artists or authors who use photography as a means of expressing themselves and all women the world over. They are all finely attuned to perceiving the same humanity, uniqueness, and in-difference in the infinite variety of subjects they portray; their aim is to eschew the fear of diversity. Through Women’s Eyes is also a polyphonic tale of the manifold forms of the body—physical, mythical, spiritual, and glorious—with a dual value: intimate and universal, it sets out on a search for existence, beyond the anonymous system of the mask. Each work provokes profound and intimate dialogue between the subjects of the photographs and the viewer, relating an indefinite glimpse of our common human condition, an “invitation to become aware” of the existence of different worlds that are often completely extraneous from one another.
Phoptograph courtesy Tre Oci
Bettina Rheims – Gender Studies - 2011
“Thirty years ago, when I wanted to become a photographer, I went around with my camera and shot what happened around me. Then I wanted to see women undressing. People think I undress women. It’s not true—I undress their thoughts”
Sguardo di Donna – Da Dianne Arbus a Letizia Battaglia – La Passione e il Coraggio. Antonio Marras designed the installation it in such a way as to transport the viewer into the very heart of the stories that can be read along the walls. He is photogrpahed between the crates in which the costumes from La Fenice arrived, creating a long passageway into which he hung photographs.
Above. Giorgia Fiorio – Lager Obukhovo – San Pietroburgo – 1994.
Donna Ferrato – Living with the Enemy – 1986.
Ziva Kraus and Denis Curti
Paolo Bazzani co-designed the exhibition installation
Yael Bartana – The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection
Yelena Yemchuk – Odessa#7 – from the series Untitled Project
Elena Fieni, Sonia Veroni, Patrizia Marras, Diana Veroni and Maria Luisa Frisa
Photogrpah copyright Lisetta Carmi – courtesy Tre Oci
Lisetta Carmi – Erza Pound – Sant’Ambrogio di Rapallo 1966
“A photograph has never existed in my head before shooting it: I see what’s there, I vibrate with what’s there, I love what’s there, I am excited by seeing what’s there”
Chiara Bertola and Silvia Burini
Yoko Ono – Bed-in For Peace – 1969
“The story of my life is the story of the world. I always make sure that what I put into my artis the truth. And the truth is only that of my own experience”
Cesare Fullone and Francesca Alfano Miglietti
The Marras Family – Efisio, Antonio, Patrizia and Leo
Sam Taylor-Johnson – Soliloquy VII – 1999
“I use photography as punctuation to mark the fundamental chapters of life. My work comes from this feeling of mental and spiritual freedom”
Maria Luisa Frisa and Mario Lupano
Copyright Giorgia Fiorio – courtesy Tre Oci
Giorgia Fiorio - Legione Straniera, 3°REI, Guyana Francese - 1995
Photography doesn’t answer, it asks, and everyone interprets the question according to their own viewpoint and sensibility. It is not mimesis, it does not (re)produce nor explain reality, it indicates — sheds light on— something that the fractured composite of the real does not reveal”
Giorgia Fiorio and Esther Woerdehoff
Catherine Opie - Bo – 1994
Catherine Opie – Ron Athey – 1994
“If there’s something I’m not, it’s one-dimensional. Which is why, instead of focusing on queer subjects, I tried to expand it into a queer message”
Mark Edward Smith
Canale della Giudecca - La Salute – San Marco
Sguardo di Donna – Da Dianne Arbus a Letizia Battaglia – La Passione e il Coraggio
The dinner for the photographic exhbition, at the Casa dei Tre Oci, Sguardo di Donna – Da Dianne Arbus a Letizia Battaglia – La Passione e il Coraggio, was held in the book wall-lined house and the garden of the Marisilio Editore publisher, who produced the catalogue, Cesare de Michelis and Emanuela Bassetti.
Hostess Emanuela Bassetti
Luca Campigotto, Italo Zannier, Renato Quaglia and Luisa Menazzi Moretti
Alberto and Maria Bovo
Luca Campigotto and Alessandra Chemollo
Host Cesare de Michelis
Adele Re Rebaudengo
Lorena Corvi Mora, Toto Bergamo-Rossi and Marta Coin
Daniela Ferretti Matteo Corvino and Paola Marini
Jacopo Jarach and Maria Campadel
Valeria Regazzoni and Paolo Mieli
Paolo de Benedictis
Alessandro Pedron and Antonio Marras
Giulio Manieri Elia
Matteo Corvino and Jerome Zieseniss
Maria Bonmassar, Antonio Mancinelli and Francesca Alfano Miglietti
Maria Teresa Laudando and Cristiana Costanzo