Last year FotoLeggendo, the Roman photography festival organized by Officine Fotografiche, broke away from the confines of conventional spaces to invade outdoor areas. This year it changes once more look and location taking a chance on a traditional location with a strong personality: the former slaughterhouse the Pelanda at the Macro Testaccio, one of the industrial archaeological gems in Rome.
‘Storie’ (Stories) is the title, and theme, of the 2017 edition – on show until July 15 -, and it aims to portray different life stories through various visual techniques: from Polaroids to photos taken from cell phones, from multimedia projects to traditional negatives. The journey begins with two icons of contemporary photography: Larry Fink, with a work curated by Laura Serani that looks at the split that has been taking place in the US in recent years, and Michael Ackerman, with a new work of intimate research curated by Lina Pallotta. Then there are Laia Abril, Esa Ylijaasko, Lorenzo Castore, Emiliano Mancuso and Federico Romano, Fabio Itri and Karim El Maktafi, and Tamara Dean with her work curated by Diego Orlando.
Space is also given to the exhibitions that won the FotoLeggendo, Boutographies and G.Tabò Prizes and the International Photobook Kassel Dummies. Moreover, in program there are portfolio reviews, book presentations and workshops.
FotoLeggendo is an international festival open to the entire city that collaborates with numerous photographic exhibition spaces, including the Museo di Roma in Trastevere that will host the OSTKREUZ photo agency exhibition. A circuit of independent locations that work year round to reveal Rome’s fervid essence and driving force in promoting art and cultural events.
Ilona Catani Scarlett