I am I – AtelierSì

Porpora – Cheap Festival

Venticinque poster per venticinque ritratti fotografici. Trent’anni di scatti e in mezzo le lotte, i viaggi, gli incontri, le rivoluzioni incarnate, i libri, le mostre, il rincorrersi da una città all’altra, la politica fatta nelle strade. Un bianco e nero poroso, una grana ostentata come si ostenta una ruga o una cicatrice che ci siamo conquistate. Dopo essere state al centro di una mostra al Centro Pecci per l’Arte Contemporanea, dal titolo Volevo vedermi negli occhi e curata da Elena Magini e Michele Bertolino, una selezione di fotografie di Lina Pallotta che ritraggono Porpora Marcasciano arriva nelle strade di Bologna: è la nuova affissione di CHEAP, il progetto di arte pubblica su poster che festeggia nel 2023 il decennale dalla propria fondazione e lo fa con un libro pubblicato da People e appena arrivato in libreria, DISOBBEDITE con generosità.

Fotografie di Giulia Rosco
Progetto organizzato da CHEAP

Volevo vedermi negli occhi – Centro Pecci Prato

Lina Pallotta, photographer, and Porpora Marcasciano, writer and trans activist, met on the same side of the barricades in the hot city of Naples during the fabulous ’70s and never parted ways. In the ’80s, Pallotta moved to New York City, where she studied at the International Center of Photography and worked as a photojournalist, focusing on projects with a strong political and ethical emphasis. Despite the miles that separated them, the two continued to meet in dispersed geographies, from New York’s East Village to Rome, Bologna, and Naples.

In 1990, Pallotta began photographing Marcasciano with an intimate and affective gaze, using immediate and corporeal touches to capture their relationship. Porpora – the project which is presented here, a selection taken from hundreds of photos – is an in-finite portrait of a friend and companion. A sideways glance captures everyday moments, personal geographies, and the evolution of the body, elucidating the poetry of political action.

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I am I – Grenze Arsenal Fotografici

I am I is a journey into a world inhabited by complex subjects, friendly figures, often irrelevant and invisible to society and the media – marginalized. It is a comprehensive and long-standing exploration – woven from decades-long friendships and recent encounters – an underlying thread that intertwines with my own personal experiences and shapes my perception of the world.

The photographs feature two activists from the Italian trans movement: Valerie Taccarelli, whom I met in Naples during the movements of 1977, and has always been a steadfast and uncompromising trans activist, and Loredana Rossi, who is the founder and president of ATN (Associazione Transessuale Napoli).

These images aim at provoking a reflection on the role and complexities of media representation of marginalized situations. They are snapshots of moments, fragments that challenge the rational analysis of what they aim to document, without imposing a predetermined interpretation of reality. They represent an endeavor to construct a visual space that, without aggression, invites contemplation of the social dimension and our shared humanity.

I will develop a new chapter of I AM I during the residency at the Paul Thorel Foundation in September 2023. In this month, I will shadow Loredana Rossi in her private and public daily life.

We unleash storms, yet we like the sun – Last Tango

The title of the exhibition “We Unleash Storms, Yet We Like the Sun” could be a tag on a wall. Or alternatively it’s that poetic phrase that you would stumble upon while scrolling your tumblr feed, so very millennial, or it’d be the kind of statement printed on some t-shirt, so very fast-fashion and pseudo-punk. Yet, if we travel back in time and we land in the sunny alleys of Naples in the 70s, we could have heard this very phrase in the midst of those busy streets, shouted at the top of the lungs by students, queers and hippies attending protests in rutilant public squares. Let us retrace the timeline in between: a surge of identity politics worldwide and in the specific case of Italy the ebb in the private.

Some contextual elements. The exhibition features works by Lina Pallotta (b. 1955, lives and works in Rome) and Caterina De Nicola (b. 1991, lives and works in Zurich). Two artists who share similar artistic approaches. Photographs dating back to the 90s of Porpora Marcasciano, trans activist and writer, feature alongside embellished walls made of screws and translucent balls scattered on the floor. The never-ending trip of a lifetime in a constant process of pushing borders forward placed side by side with the dysfunctional meltdown of once-useful tools.

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Lina Palotta, Porpora - Porpora e Marco - Roma, 1991, digitally printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gr 60 x 40cm. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
We Unleash Storm Yet We Like The Sun, Installation view, 2022. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
Lina Pallotta, Porpora - NYC, 1992, digitally printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gr, 36 x 24cm. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
From right to left: Lina Pallotta: Porpora - Roma, 1990, Porpora - Maurizio - Roma, 1990, Porpora - Europride - Roma, 2011. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
We Unleash Storm Yet We Like The Sun, Installation view, 2022. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
Right: Lina Pallotta, Porpora - Chelsea - NYC, 2011, digitally printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gr, 36 x 24cm. Left: Caterina de Nicola, Things you can’t buy: new hours and services, 2022, found objects, spheres made of epoxy resin, screws and metal scraps, dimensions variable. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
Lina Pallotta, Porpora - Bologna, 2015, digitally printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gr, 34 x 26cm. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
Right: Lina Pallotta, Porpora - Bologna, 2015, digitally printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gr, 34 x 26cm. Center: Caterina de Nicola, Things you can’t buy: new hours and services, 2022, found objects, spheres made of epoxy resin, screws and metal scraps, dimensions variable. Left: Lina Pallotta, Porpora - NYC, 2001, digitally printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gr 6 x 20cm. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
We Unleash Storm Yet We Like The Sun, Installation view, 2022. Photo: Kilian Bannwart
From right to left: Lina Pallotta, Porpora - Cattedrale di San Pietro - Roma, 1996. Lina Pallotta, Porpora - Porpora e Claudia - Lanuvio, 1996. Lina Pallotta, Porpora - San Salvatore Telesino, 2000. Lina Pallotta, Porpora - San Bartolomeo in Galdo, 2018. Photo: Kilian Bannwart

PIEDRAS NEGRAS – RoccaColonna, Castelnuovo Fotografia Festival