More than 80 shots by Italian women photographers, from the Donata Pizzi Collection, on display in Soliera

The Campori Castle in Soliera is hosting an exhibition from October 8, 2022 to January 15, 2023 of more than eighty photographs from the Donata Pizzi Collection. The collection is one of the few reserved for the work of women artists and is continually expanding.

From October 8, 2022 to January 15, 2023, the Campori Castle in Soliera (Modena) hosts the exhibition Truth Games. Representation, Portrait, Document, curated by Marcella Manni, promoted by the Municipality of Soliera and the Campori Foundation with the support of Regione Emilia Romagna and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi and the contribution of Esselunga, Le Gallerie Shopping Center, Reinova and Porfirea Srl. The exhibition project is part of the monitoring activity of private collecting started by the municipal administration in 2018 with the exhibition dedicated to the Cattelani Collections.

The exhibition, conceived and realized for the spaces of the Castello, will display works from the Donata Pizzi Collection: more than eighty photographs made by, among others, Paola Agosti, Lisetta Carmi, Silvia Camporesi, Libera Mazzoleni, Marinella Senatore, Silvia Rosi, Elisabetta Catalano, Liliana Barchiesi, Betty Bee, Luisa Lambri, and Ottonella Mocellin.

Along a time span of more than fifty years (from 1965 to the present), the exhibition aims to retrace the most significant moments of Italian photography by highlighting the conceptual, aesthetic and technological evolutions that have developed in recent decades. Among the themes addressed are the centrality of the body, the relationship between private and collective memory, and the dynamics and rituals of family life: constituent and identity elements that can be read beyond the individual voices of the artists and the historical moments in which they lived or live and work.

“The exhibition,” writes curator Marcella Manni, “explores common and transversal lines of research, both chronological and thematic, of the women artists and the photographs, within practices in which true and false contaminate each other, in a reflection that decouples the idea of reality from that of truth and pushes toward the idea of freedom (of knowledge). The juxtaposition of photographs by different authors, distant from each other in time and space (geographically understood), will help trigger ’surprises,’ spurts of knowledge far from the stereotype. The Collection makes it possible to analyze and contextualize different stylistic approaches, presenting conceptual and experimental artistic positions through different works that illustrate their aesthetic, iconographic and technological developments within the history of photography. In terms of content, the works address the socio-political changes of their time, as well as role clichés, feminist ideas and issues of identity, relationships and the body.”

Photographer and photo-editor Donata Pizzi’s collection originated in 2013 when she began collecting works by Italian female photographers active from 1965 to the present. The collection began with a photograph by Lisetta Carmi and has grown to include over three hundred works by more than seventy female photographers of different generations, with the aim of studying, collecting, promoting and supporting the work of Italian women photographers. The collection is one of the few collections reserved for the work of women artists and is continuously expanding.

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Image: Shobha, The Countess Anna Pellegrini, detail (1999; gelatin silver bromide print, 40 x 30 cm) © Shobha Courtesy of Donata Pizzi Collection

More than 80 shots by Italian women photographers, from the Donata Pizzi Collection, on display in Soliera
More than 80 shots by Italian women photographers, from the Donata Pizzi Collection, on display in Soliera

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