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Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte in Mufoco in Cinisello Balsamo

Uncover the essence of photography at Mufoco, Cinisello Balsamo-Milan, in a heartfelt tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte. Delve into the legacy of this influential photographer and the captivating perspectives of accomplished female photographers. A visual journey into the heart of Italian photographic culture.

Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, Mufoco Cinisello Balsamo-Milan immersed itself in the art of photography, paying homage to the late Giovanni Chiaramonte, who departed less than two months prior.

After a thought-provoking morning session titled “The Eye of a Digital Camera: Exploring Computer Vision through Artificial Intelligence,” orchestrated by Professor Simone Arcagni, the afternoon unfolded at Mufoco at 15:00, commemorating the memory of Giovanni Chiaramonte, a luminary who left us on October 18.

Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte

Giovanni Chiaramonte, a polymath – a scholar, teacher, curator, publisher, and a pivotal figure among his contemporaries in the realm of photography, played an instrumental role in fostering photographic culture in Italy.

The gathering presided over by Michele Smargiassisee, the President of Mufoco, featured poignant addresses from Davide Rondoni, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, Corrado Benigni, and Michele Nastasi. Benigni, who dedicated his recent monographic exhibition titled “Infinite Realism” to Chiaramonte, currently showcased at the ADI Design Museum, provided insights into the photographer’s journey from inception.

Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte

The meeting offered a glimpse into Giovanni Chiaramonte’s oeuvre through a visual presentation. The Museum of Contemporary Photography safeguards over 250 of his works spanning from 1980 to 2010, curated in the Lanfranco Colombo Funds, Viaggio in Italia, Archivio dello Spazio, Città di Cinisello Balsamo, Across the Plain, and the Anthological Collection.

Diving into the World of Female Photographers

Continuing the exploration of the art of photography, the agenda from 17:00 to 18:30 delved into a publishing house dedicated to the craft. Titled “Between Certainties and Questions: Three Experiences of Female Photographers,” the session, steered by journalist Silvia Mazzucchelli, spotlighted three books released in 2023 by accomplished female photographers.

Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte

Paola Agosti presented “Itineraries: The Long Journey of a Photographer” (Postcard edition), offering a retrospective on major social events of the 1960s and 1970s, with a particular focus on the women’s movement. On a different note, Paola Mattioli’s “Endless Facing the Other” (Mimesis Edition) unfolded through personal narratives, emphasizing the photographic portrait as both a historical and analytical instrument.

Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte

In the culmination of this insightful gathering, Giulia Parlato presented “Diachronichles,” a profound exploration of the elusiveness of memory. Addressing the significant roles of archaeology, photography, and museum spaces in historical narratives, Parlato, through reportage in archaeological settings, prompts reflections on the authenticity of findings and challenges the essence of history and communal connections to relics and sediments. It questions the prospect of learning from history and probes the extent of truth embedded within it.

Tribute to Giovanni Chiaramonte

In conclusion, the day at Mufoco was more than a mere photographic event; it was a journey into the depths of visual storytelling, celebrating the legacy of Giovanni Chiaramonte and showcasing the diverse perspectives of accomplished female photographers.


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