“The Fasting Women, against the mafia” – Photography exhibition opens October 13, 6pm at Uffizi Gallery

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LE DONNE DEL DIGIUNO contro la mafia

Photographs by FRANCESCO FRANCAVIGLIA

October 14 – November 9, 2014

Opening reception: Monday, October 13 at 6pm | Galleria degli Uffizi Sala delle Reali Poste

Curated by Tiziana Faraoni

Young photographer, Francesco Francaviglia, has captured intimate portraits of brave woman 22 years after their protest by fasting during the summer of 1992 in Piazza Castelnuovo in Palermo demanding the resignation of the most important offices of state, shortly after the mafia massacres of Falcone and Borsellino which also killed several other people.

Thanks to the work of Francaviglia, many of these women, some only young girls at the time of the killings, have been reunited. Some are familiar faces: Pina Maisano Grassi, wife of Libero, the entrepreneur killed for rebelling against mafia extortion; Simona Mafai, historic local group leader of the Communist Party; photographer Letizia Battaglia; the former mayor of San Giuseppe Jato, Maria Maniscalco; Michael Buscemi, known for having a civil constitution at the maxi-trial after the death of his two brothers; Luisa Morgantini, former vice president of the European Parliament; and the singer Giovanna Marini, brought from Rome to participate in the initiative in Palermo. Others are portraits of women who continued their “resistance” in a school classroom, in an office in the region, in a tough neighborhood like that of Zen: Bice Salatiello, Virginia Dessy, Anna Puglisi. Among them is also the face of Rita Borsellino, sister of Paolo, not present in Piazza Castelnuovo, but deeply moved by the protest, “I was going to see my mother, three days after the massacre, and it struck me that flyer. Those women were demanding the representatives of those institutions to change.”

This exhibition is appropriate for the Uffizi Gallery location, remembering the Massacre of Via dei Georgofili which took place the next spring of 1993, a bombing that killed 5 and destroyed and damaged art works and buildings.

Uffizi Gallery – Florence, ITALY

Aula di San Pier Scheraggio

OPEN: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm – Free entrance

www.polomuseale.firenze.it

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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