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DANTE'S INFERNO, Exhibition of Photographs by Valentina Vannicola

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney Level 4, 125 York Street , Sydney NSW, Australia

Valentina Vannicola’s photographic research is focused on transposing a work of literature to a picture. While working on the text, she sets out a sort of tableaux vivants. The characters of her shoots are non-professional actors from Tolfa, her hometown (a small town north of Rome), who act in the natural, country setting she has chosen to represent her imaginary world.

In 2011 she worked on Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece L’Inferno. In Vannicola’s Dante’s Inferno (2011), which consists of 15 photographs and a preparatory sketch, the core potential of her previous works is augmented by the use of choral settings. Here again, Vannicola unites her disposition towards her native land, with the active participation of its local community.

Valentina Vannicola was born in Rome in 1982. After a degree in Film Studies at Rome’s La Sapienza University, she went on to a diploma in photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia. Her images are strongly influenced by cinema, theatre and literature. Valentina Vannicola’s photographs can be included within the genre of staged photography, the area of contemporary photography which presents as real scenes, that which was created according to the dynamics of cinematography. She is represented by OnOff Picture Photo Agency (http://www.onoffpicture.com/archive/feature.asp?idf=164) and by the Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome.

The exhibition is part of HEAD ON Photo Festival (https://headon.com.au), Australia's largest photo festival and the world's second largest photo festival.

Event realized in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society in Sydney.

Opening of the exhibition

(during which singer/actress Minnie Minarelli will read Inferno’s Cantos III, X and XXIX and guitarist Ermanno Brignolo will play Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland):

Italian Cultural Institute
Friday, 16 May 2014, at 6.00pm

Limited places. Booking essential:
iicsydney@esteri.it or (02) 9261 1780


Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 - Sunday, June 08, 2014

Opening hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (Mon.-Thurs.); 9.30am-1.30pm (Fri.)

Italian Cultural Institute

Organised by:
Italian Cultural Institute

in collaboration with:
HEAD ON Photo Festival,
Dante Alighieri Society, Sydney

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