REPORTAGE BEYOND REPORTAGE

CURATED BY  EMANUELA MAZZONIS DI PRALAFERA

I think that a photographer is a writer who expresses himself through images” this quote by Enzo Sellerio (1924 – 2012), Sicilian intellectual, publisher and photographer, declared the absolute power of photography. Whether it’s documentary photography, aimed to capturing real-life scenes, photojournalism, focused on capturing breaking news or street photography, that aims to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the goal always remains the same: to reveal with integrity, honesty and impartiality the hidden reality.

The “Reportage Beyond Reportage” section invites the viewer to take a journey through images among the indelible and in some cases poignant stories of reportage. A path that winds between past and present, underlining the changes that have taken place in the world of photography with the digital revolution and the advent of real-time news. The selected galleries work with artists ranging from documentary photography to photojournalism, using both color and black and white, telling stories of life, war, migration, freedom, hope, natural and climatic disasters, sports and sense of sharing. These photographers target to the same purpose: to testify, tell, reveal, make us aware of what is happening in the world and help us understanding the complexity of the world.

The section aims to highlight the different aspects that reportage has developed today, with a focus on the landscape and on the relationships that are established between human beings and the landscape that surrounds them. There are two types of landscape: the natural landscape, which has not been modified by humans, and the artificial landscape, which has undergone the intervention of civilization. The photographic reportage highlights the changes that the landscape has experienced over the years and the new forms and structures it has assumed in relation to the activities carried out by human beings and the natural changes that have innately occurred. No longer just a testimony of terrible, unusual or extraordinary events but a powerful witness of a normal story, which happens in everyday life and which becomes unique. A contemporary reportage that goes beyond the traditional reportage and, considering the impact of images proliferation, enormously increases its importance as a visual medium. Every story, event or gesture becomes immortal, inviting us to remember that we must not forget.

GALLERIES
10B PHOTOGRAPHY  ROMA, ITALIA
ALESSIA PALADINI GALLERY  MILANO, ITALIA
ARTCO GALERIE  BERLINO, GERMANIA
ARTITLEDCONTEMPORARY  HERPEN, PAESI BASSI
BRUN FINE ART  MILANO, ITALIA
CARTACEA GALLERIA  LONDON, GRAN BRETAGNA
CHRISTOPHE GUYE GALERIE  ZURICH, SVIZZERA
FLAT//LAND  AMSTERDAM, PAESI BASSI
FONDAZIONE SELLA  BIELLA, ITALIA
GALLERIA VALERIA BELLA  MILANO, ITALIA
OTM GALLERY  CORTONA, ITALIA
PACI CONTEMPORARY  BRESCIA, ITALIA
THE BRIDGE GALLERY  PARIS, FRANCIA
TOBE GALLERY  BUDAPEST, UNGHERIA

PHOTO: Rachael Tham
EMANUELA MAZZONIS DI PRALAFERA

Based in Luxembourg and born in Rome, she graduated cum laude in Art History at La Sapienza, Rome and got a Master Degree in Art Management at Accademia di Brera, Milan. After a first experience in the world of art galleries, working for Francesca Kaufmann, Milan and Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York; she worked for the François Pinault Collection in Venice from 2003 to 2011. From 2012 she started working as freelance curator on different exhibition projects as Addio Anni ’70 in Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2012; The sea is my Land, Artists from the Mediterranean Sea at the Maxxi Museum in Rome and the Triennale in Milan, FRAC, Marseille 2013 -2015 – 2016; Year After Year – opere su carta dalla UBS Art Collection,GAM, Milan, 2014; Don’t shoot the painter – dipinti dalla UBS Art Collection, GAM, Milan, 2015; Me, Family at Mudam, Luxembourg, 2020. She has published essays in different publications as “Artists Interviews” for the Luxembourg Art Week, 2023, 2022; “Stronger than memory and weaker than dewdrops – Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron”, exhibition cat., 2021; “Me, Family – Portrait of a Young Planet”, exhibition cat., DCV, 2020.