“I have decided to develop the project “Through the light” to show how is living in Palermo. The city despite the diverse mixture of cultures has retained most of its original identity. Art and history are some important elements of daily palermitan life. Walking in the evening in our historical centre, which is the heart of the city, you can see many areas that are colored by typical corner markets such as Ballarò, il Capo and Vucciria that represent the ancient city’s pulsating core, tied to the scents and traditions of this city. Past and present exist together and give a unique scenery in many interesting places. I tried to “open a window” on some degraded areas to redeem the image of a city, which needs to look for a way back into the sun.”
Roberta Reina was born in Palermo in 1980. She attended Italian secondary school specializing in classical studies (Liceo Ginnasio Giuseppe Garibaldi) and then took a degree in Foreign Languages for International Relations with first class honours at the University of Palermo.
She started to take pictures when she felt a great emotion and inspiration by looking at some of great pictures realized by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joseph Koudelka, Elliot Erwitt, Vivian Maier, Joel Meyerowitz and fellow citizen Letizia Battaglia.