My broken world; Francesca Cao & Michela Palermo



I recently mentioned an exhibition in Italy which included work Francesca Cao and Michela Palermo. Francesca has kindly provided me with an english translation of the accompanying text and a few images featured in the exhibition taken by herself and Michela. Good stuff. check it out.


My broken world
An emotional panorama of Irpinia thirty years after the earthquake
By Francesca Cao and Michela Palermo
curated by Irene Alison
















It was 7.34 p.m. of November 23, 1980, when the earth shook for 90 seconds in Irpinia, Basilicata and Alto Sele districts of Campania Region in Italy. Seismic waves snuffed out the life of some three thousand human beings, tore down the houses of 280 thousand people, changed the geography of the land, and created in the aftermath expectations that were swiftly deluded.

My Broken World is a novel told through images of a shuttered world. About a land that was shaken by deep quakes and chasms that haven’t been bridged. Of the suspended lives of those who have been trapped in a deaf-dumb world. It is the disassembled world of Michela Palermo, photographer, aged 30, who was born in Bagnoli Irpino in the year of the earthquake, and came back to striken zones to document the change. It is the collapsed world of Ernestina, 66 years old, upon whom Francesca Cao stuck her lens, testifying the suspended life of a woman who has been living in an asbestos temporary house since 1985, caught in an eternal waiting for a house that was promised but never came. With two different registers, one dreamier and more evocative, the other more descriptive, the two photographers are telling the same story: Michela Palermo portrays the places where the earthquake tore down everything, the scratched territory and the strange fruits of reconstruction, all the while documenting her personal world, the hurting disenchantment of one who comes from a place where injustice doesn’t disconcert or makes one indignant any more. Francesca Cao records the life of Ernestina giving voice to a fight for dignity that united many people of this grieving land.



My broken world
An emotional panorama of Irpinia thirty years after the earthquake
By Francesca Cao and Michela Palermo
February 11/ March 5, 2011
OpenMind Gallery, Milan (Italy)

Monday 15:30 - 19:00; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:30 - 19:00

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