La Nostra Terra, Italian Photography from 1970s to today

Napoli, 1982 (2010)  Olivio Barbieri
7 Apr 2012 - 22 Jul 2012
Slide show: 
Paesaggio urbano, Modena, 1970 Franco Fontana
Versailles from the series Versailles (1985) Luigi Ghiri
Passaggio urbano, Modena  (1970) Franco Fontana
Milano, 1989 (2006) Gabriele Basilico
Via delle Industrie, (1990)  Guido Guidi
Tunnel 008, “Non si fa in tempo ad avere paura”, (2005-2006), Luca Andreoni
To Face (2009)  Paola De Pietri
What We Want, Oostende, T42 (2005) Francesco Jodice
St Anton am Arlberg 4, (2009)  Walter Niedermayr
What We Want, Hong Kong, T46, 2006  Francesco Jodice


The first UK season of Italian photography and video from the 1970s to today. 

This project presents a landmark exhibition and season of events which introduce the school of Italian photography to the UK with works which redefine Italy’s natural and built environment in response to the profoundly transformative 'economic miracle'.

Twenty-seven photographs from Fondazione Fotografia are exhibited at Stills by artists including Franco Fontana (1933), Guido Guidi (1941), Luigi Ghirri (1943–92), Gabriele Basilico (1944), Walter Niedermayr (1952), Olivo Barbieri (1954), Paola De Pietri (1960), Luca Andreoni (1961) and Francesco Jodice (1967).

These artists’ works define the Italy that we recognise today in the years after Italy’s ‘economic miracle’, and their influence can be seen in the works of generations of artists and photographers retaining leading positions throughout the world.


A programme of video works by Italian artists are shown in Stills’ Film Lounge and will be curated by Careof DOCVA Milan, curator Valentina Bonizzi and Turin's annual programme TORINOver.


May Events Programme Overview

Emerging Practice Wednesday 9 May 2012, 11.30am - 1.30pm   A chaired introduction to contemporary practice by Italian and Scottish photographers participating in Stills' AiR residencies which are artists' residential exchanges between Edinburgh and Modena, Italy.
Residences Wednesday 9 May 2012, 3.30pm -5.30pm   A chaired event with curators and artists discussing the merits and logistics of residential projects.
Curating Video archives and collections Thursday 10 May 2012, 11.30am - 1.30pm   An introduction to the collections of Careof DOCVA, Milan, Rewind UK and The Agent Ria and their utilisations within curatorial and educational contexts.
Landscape and Photography, Scotland and Italy Thursday 10 May 2012, 3.30pm - 5.30pm   Participating speakers include Alexandra Tommasini (Courtauld Institute of Art), Francesca Lazzarini (Curator, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Itlay) and artist Alexander Maris (Scotland).


Booking is essential as seating is limited so email to reserve your place.




Presented in collaboration with Fondazione Fotografia - Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena and The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh.

All works courtesy Fondazione di Risparmio de Modena Collection.

Image: Napoli, 1982 (2010)  Olivio Barbieri 

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