Past Exhibition

Ferdinando Scianna Retrospective Opens in Northern Italy

The largest retrospective dedicated to Ferdinando Scianna’s photographic work starts its tour in the Complex of San Domenico in Forlì

Ferdinando Scianna

Ferdinando Scianna The Dutch model Marpessa. Caltagirone, Sicily, Italy. 1987. © Ferdinando Scianna | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna first began taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Palermo. It was then that he began to photograph Sicilian cultures and traditions, systematically. Over the past 50 years, however, the photographer has dealt with different themes: current events, war, travel, religion, but all linked by the constant search for a form in the chaos of life.

Ferdinando Scianna | Feste Religiose in Sicilia People bringing grain into the sanctuary in Racalmuto for the 'Madonna del Monte' festival. Sicily, Italy. © Ferdinando Scianna | Magnum Photos

Across the globe, from Bagheria to the Andes, taking portraits of diverse subjects such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonardo Sciascia and Jorge Louis Borges, to this deep obsessions with mirror motif—the retrospective traces the entire career of the photographer through a narrative path divided into different chapters. La Memoira, will visit his body-of-work exploring religious festivals. Il Racconto, showcases Lourdes, Kami and portraits of children. Obsessions draws on Scianna’s use of key themes within his imagery, while The Journey takes visitors to his photographs of America. Ritratti Ritratti e Miti includes images of fashion portraiture for Dolce and Gabbana and women.

After the debut in Forlì, promoted by the Cassa dei Risparmi Foundation of Forlì and Civitas in connection with the Week of Good Living, the exhibition will be presented in various cities, in Italy and abroad, starting from Palermo (Galleria d ‘Arte Moderna) and Venice (Casa dei tre Oci) in 2019.