From 20 March to 18 August 2019, the Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice will be hosting a large-scale anthological show of the work by Letizia Battaglia (Palermo 1935), one of the most significant protagonists of Italian photography, and it will range over her whole career.
The show, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti and organised by Civita Tre Venezie together with the Archivio Letizia Battaglia, and with the participation of the Fondazione di Venezia, will be presenting 200 images, many of which will be seen by the public for the first time, and that reveal the social and political context in which they were shot.
The thematically organised exhibition itinerary will focus on those arguments that have been at the heart of the most characteristic expressive aspects of Letizia Battaglia and that have led her to make a deep and continuous social criticism while avoiding clichés and questioning the visual premises of contemporary culture. The portraits of women, men, animals, and children are only some of the chapters that make up the show; added to these are photos of cities such as Palermo, and then those devoted to politics, life, death, and love.
The result is a genuine portrait of Letizia Battaglia, a nonconformist intellectual but also a poetic and political photographer, a woman who interests herself in what surrounds her and in what, distant from her, arouses her interest.
Known above all for having recorded with her photos what the mafia has represented for her city, from murders to mourning, from political intrigues to the struggle represented by Falcone and Borsellino, during her career Letizia Battaglia has also recounted the life of the poor and public uprisings, always with her city as the centre of her observations of reality, as well as its urban landscape.
The subjects of Letizia, which are never chosen by chance, trace out an itinerary aimed at strengthening her own ideologies and convictions about society, political involvement, marginalised situations, the violence provoked by power wars, and the emancipation of women.