Letizia Battaglia was a nonconformist intellectual and photoreporter but also a poetic and political photographer, a woman who was interested in people, art, literature, poetry, life and death. The exhibition Photography as a Life Choice presents 300 photographs, many of which have never been exhibited before, and which reveal the social and political context in which they were shot.
"I have this long life behind me. I dreamed, I believed I was fighting for the right cause."
Letizia Battaglia was interested in everything that surrounded her, but also in everything that aroused her curiosity from afar. Her best-known works are the images that recount with activist passion the bloody years of the Sicilian Mafia wars. Despite this, she felt that the title "Mafia photographer" did not suit her.
With her black-and-white images, she preferred to present herself as a witness to what was happening in her hometown, which she documented regularly, practically to the end. Her favourite subjects were children and young women, as an expression of a possible future.
The exhibition Photography as a Life Choice, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti, presents 300 photographs that reveal the social and political context in which they were shot, published, exhibited, experienced, and interpreted. The selection of photos was undertaken together with the Letizia Battaglia archive.
On show there are many images previously unseen by the public, the result of lengthy research, which have been arranged according to such themes as portraits of photographers, women, Sicilians, animals, such cities as Palermo, Milan, Paris and then politics, life, death, love and horizons.
The exhibition brings together images which helps to convey the strongly radicalised ideas that characterise the whole work of Letizia Battaglia. Her way of photographing people, places, and events, for example, never gets bogged down in clichés, but makes a continuous social criticism by questioning the visual assumptions of contemporary culture.
You are warmly invited to attend the opening of the Letizia Battaglia: Photography as a life choice exhibition at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 . The exhibition will be opened by Stefano Faggioli, director of the Italian Cultural Institute - Ljubljana.
Production: Muzej in galerije mesta Ljubljane, Tre Oci
Photographer: Letizia Battaglia
Curator: Francesca Alfano Miglietti
Research and collaboration in selecting from the Letizia Battaglia archive:
Maria Chiara Di Trapani with participation by Marta Sollima
Curator (Galerija Jakopič): dr. Marija Skočir
Expert support: Anna Colussi (Tre Oci), Julija Hoda (MGML)
Graphic and exhibition design: Bojan Lazarevič (Agora Proars)
Exhibition production: Tehnična služba / Technical Service MGML, O.K.vir
Scans and prints: Linke.lab
Frames: Cornici Degan
English translations: Polonca Mesec, Michael Haggerty, Sylvia Notini
Catalogue: Marsilio Editori
Documentaries: Amore Amaro (directed by Francesco G. Raganato, produced by Todos Contentos y Yo Tambien), La Mia Battaglia (directed by Franco Maresco, produced by Associazione Culturale Lumpen)
Public relations and editing: Maja Čehovin Korsika
Adult programme: Janja Rebolj
Schools programme: Julija Hoda, Matevž Paternoster
This project was made possible by: Mestna občina Ljubljana
The project was supported by: Tendercapital, Italian Cultural Institute – Ljubljana
Media sponsor: TAM-TAM
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