The first were the painters. The desire to represent oneself, without running the risk of coming up against the often misunderstood interpretations of someone else’s hand, has always made the fortune of self-portraiture. In addition, the display of a work that considers you as both director and actor, as subject and as object, brings the charm of self-production that makes the final result more intriguing and fascinating. Among the figurative arts, photography has considerably broadened this concept, making a moment of absolute creativity and remarkable experimentation. There is no need to disturb the names of sacred monsters or to search for evidence in large archives to discover the multiplicity of self-portraits in the world of photography. At the end of the exhibition path, the role of the woman is first stimulated by photography with Women in Front of the Lens and then as protagonists with Behind the Lens. Italian Photographers 1965-2018, Women Self Portrait ideally closes the trilogy with works that see the woman in front of and behind the lens. Coming from private collections or directly from the authors, these pictures explain the different ways of interpreting their image, revealing situations as intimate as they are everyday, often using research that is not without irony and irreverence.
Exhibition curated by Donata Pizzi and Mario Trevisan
Museum of Santa Giulia,
from May 2nd to September 8th.