From 2023, Turin will have its own international photography festival

From spring 2023 the International Festival of Photography will be held in Turin: the agreement has been signed. The event will be international and annual.

Turin will have its International Festival of Photography from 2023: in fact, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the organization in the Piedmontese capital of the first edition of the event. The agreement was signed by the Piedmont Region, City of Turin, Turin Chamber of Commerce, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, and Intesa Sanpaolo.

The event will be international and annual. The first edition will be held in the spring of 2023, with a perspective of at least three years, to bring to Turin and Piedmont a major event dedicated to photography and articulated in a series of events in various locations: specific temporary exhibitions, a specialized fair, educational activities, participatory meetings, artistic commissions, and off events, which will be linked to a different theme each year.

As envisaged in the Protocol, the signatories will entrust the organization of the Festival to the Fondazione per la Cultura Torino, which will involve, in development and production activities, local entities with recognized scientific and popularizing skills in the field and included in articulated networks of national and international relations. Among the first objectives is the assignment of the post of Artistic Director open to leading expert national and international curators. The artistic director will have the task of mapping and coordinating the institutions, museums, fairs, initiatives and art spaces in Turin that already work in the world of photography, so as to arrive at the sharing of a new brand and a single palimpsest, starting from the theme identified from year to year, and in parallel to involve other local, national and international partners, even those not necessarily connected to the world of photography, to encourage interdisciplinarity and the enlargement of the target audience.

“Photography is one of those artistic expressions that today is rediscovering its rightful place among the interests of enthusiasts, the curious, galleries, museums, professionals and especially the younger generations,” commented Rosanna Purchia, Councillor for Culture of the City of Turin. "Photography captures an instant in a place and space that allows us to analyze our being and our future in a direct and immediate way. Perhaps this is what attracts more and more diverse audiences to approach this extraordinary art form that, as mentioned above, is gaining more and more interest, also in terms of cultural enjoyment. Turin will once again be at the forefront and more and more a city of contemporary art."

“We are pleased to be able to contribute to the definition and future realization of the International Festival of Photography in Turin,” says Matteo Bagnasco, head of the Culture Objective of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation. "Enhancing the already recognized cultural vocations of our territory, in a positioning path that enhances the cultural infrastructure and fosters an integrated relationship between the world of culture and tourism, is one of the pillars of our Objective Culture pursued within the Creare Attrattività mission. In addition, this project will make it possible to work with key cultural players in the area, enhancing networks and networks and working in a supply chain and sustainability perspective for the cultural, economic and social development of territories and communities-I am sure it will be a good opportunity for our territory."

" Gallerie d’Italia is pooling its commitment to the enhancement of contemporary photography to give life to an important initiative shared with Turin’s main public and private entities. The new Festival will be able to add new content to the city’s already rich cultural offer and consolidate the identity role of photography for the city of Turin," concludes Michele Coppola, Executive Director Art, Culture and Historical Heritage Intesa Sanpaolo and Director Gallerie d’Italia.

From 2023, Turin will have its own international photography festival
From 2023, Turin will have its own international photography festival

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