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Seismic Sequence

Naoki Ishikawa, from the series The exposed landscape, c-print , 73 x 90 cm © the artist

Seismic Sequence, hosted at MATA in Modena - a former tobacco factory - includes works by seven international photographers — Alicja Dobrucka (Poland), Hallgerour Hallgrfmsdottir (Iceland), Naoki lshikawa (Japan), Tomoko Kikuchi (Japan), Eleonora Quadri (Italy), Olivier Richon (Switzerland/UK), Valentina Sommariva (Italy) — who have been working in Emilia and in Central Italy to document the earthquakes that have been striking the country since 2012 to 2016.

The exhibit, curated by Filippo Maggia and Teresa Serra, portrays specific places but also mirrors a state of fragility characterising all human beings. So many questions accompanied the artists: When has nature become our most fearsome enemy? What happens when one loses everything? How far can we push ourselves when photographing the pain of affected communities?

The project also includes a documentary video, produced by Fondazione Fotografia Modena, conceived by Daniele Ferrero and Roberto Rabitti, that revolves around the theme of the distorted perception of time during traumatic events like as earthquakes. Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Pisa, authors had also the opportunity to examine the psychic and physical effects of earthquakes. A further section of the exhibition is a selection of historical photographs of earthquakes in Italy, curated by Chiara Dall'Olio.

Seismic Sequence is organized by Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena e the Modena Municipality, under the patronage of the National Association of Public Assistance and Regione Emilia-Romagna.




via Manifattura Tabacchi 83, Modena, Italy

21 October - 04 February

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