As some of you may know, as I stated the other day on my Facebook page, I was supposed to have my photos featured at an exhibit yesterday, but well, it didn’t end up this way.
Some history: I had a “Reportage Photography Course” in Genoa (Italy) on June. The photos by me and the other photographers who took part in the course are being shown at the International Science Festival (Festival della Scienza) on Oct/Nov 2011. Yesterday there was a first exhibit… and my photos weren’t there.
They said the photo project wasn’t suitable to the audience because of the political content. Right, but the project was about “Reportage” so I guess almost everything suits the topic, even the most extreme shot.
Anyway, I’m posting those photos here on my blog, because I like them and I want to show them to as many people as possible! Any comment is more than welcome. Please feel free to share your thoughts.
NOTE: As I chose the theme “Writings on Genoa’s walls” and they are in Italian, each photo comes with a translation and explanation.
Reportage in Genova:
Writings on the walls of my City.
This sign says “8 years of fight” and it belongs to a local squat. It’s obviously political but what I liked about it were the girl’s eyes, that look like they’re staring at you above the red scarf.
Okay, okay, this is pretty hardcore. It says “Politicians are vile shits“. And I love this photo. ’nuff said.
This one deserves a little more explanation. Melina Riccio (look at her funny signature!) is the name of a weirdo woman that spends her time writing on Genoa’s walls. She writes and talks in rhymes (!!!), and she’s quite popular here and around Italy too.
In the photo above, she wrote “A/C causes dirt and wastes energy” – she’s not wrong anyway. I shot this photo as I found it ironic, being a bunch of A/C engines above the writing, and a garbage bag just in front of it.
More posters on the walls of the historical center in Genoa. I liked this one because the sign on the left says “Present and Future“, and because it’s ripped it shows the writings behind it, in Arabic. I thought this was a nice metaphor of the great phenomenon of immigration in Genoa… and the city’s future.
“Don’t work, Steal!” – Nice shortcut to survive. I have no idea who might have written this, probably some squat but I’m not sure. I liked this writing in a dark alley, a shortcut to a main street itself (see light at the bottom). Another nice metaphor.
“Lega=Sega“. The “Lega” is an Italian political party. Its full name is “Lega Nord” and it basically wants to divide Italy in two – they hate people from the South. Whatever.
“Sega” can translate with “assholes” to make it easy. But of course the funny fact was the rhyme…
“Warning! There’s a camera spying you” – Recently some cams have been installed in the historical center of Genoa, in order to keep the area safe (or at least this is what they say). Not a great shot I know, but the sign and the camera above make sense enough.
So these were my controversial photos… what do you think? Hope you enjoyed the alternative tour of Genoa in the meantime!