Very beautiful exhibition from photographic archives, in a scenography very well adapted and with an interesting documentation. Very nice work of the curators of the exhibition: Laura Gasparini, Monica Leoni and Elisabeth Sciarretta, in the beautiful space of the Panizzi Library.
The exhibition presents the photographic archives of several families from Reggio Emilia. It is a source of information about everyday life and “unofficial” family moments, sometimes intimate.
In addition to family portraits photographed by professionals during important life events (baptism, confirmation, marriage), the exhibition also focuses on a number of photographs taken by amateurs.
Photos that are weakened by the passage of time or sometimes lack technical quality are always rare and valuable because they document personal stories and family relationships in private places. However, behind each section of the exhibition emerges the general environment of an era, an evolution, political, economic or social situation.
In addition to the reprints of the original negatives of the photographers who worked with and for the families, the exhibition will feature daguerreotypes, tintypes, albumin prints, albums and family collections carefully assembled by their owners. These objects have been handed down from generation to generation, kept scrupulously in drawers of our homes, and now offer us the unprecedented portrait of a local community.