Letizia Battaglia. For pure passion.
On November 25, the retrospective dedicated to one of the most important figures in contemporary photography not only for his shots firmly present in the collective imagination, but also for the civil and ethical value to be attributed to her photography has been opened.
The exhibition Letizia Battaglia. Pure passion, hosted at MAXXI until April 17, presents to the public more than 200 shots, samples and vintage print unpublished from the historical archives of the great photographer, along with magazines, publications, films and interviews.
An uninterrupted artist album by the Palermo artist, from street protests in Milan in the seventies to the face of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the many deaths by Italian Mafia, the unconscious elegance of girls of the Cala quarter of Palermo; and then religious processions, the destruction of the Sicilian coast, the faces of Piersanti Mattarella, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, to the fierce boss Leoluca Bagarella.
A picture 360 degrees to return the intensity that characterizes all his work: from the shots to the political commitment, the activity editorial to that theater and film until the recent establishment of the International Center of Photography in Palermo.
Letizia Battaglia was the first woman photographer to join the editorial staff of a newspaper, the newspaper L'Ora, and the first to get to New York, in 1985, the prestigious The W. Eugene Smith Award, dedicated to humanistic photography.
"With this exhibition we celebrate the extraordinary work of photographer Letizia Battaglia, but also its social commitment, his militant passion that has seen constantly at the forefront of several causes, the rule of law, women's issues, environmental issues, the rights prisoners - said Giovanna Melandri, President of the Maxxi Foundation - a commitment that has earned her many awards and accolades around the world. "