Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata

12 Oct-26 NovMatera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town. Exhibition highlighting how photography has framed modern perceptions of Matera, a city in Italy's southern Basilicata region noted for its millennia-old cave dwellings. 

 

David Seymour. Basilicate. Matera. A troglodyte village. A peasant girl leading her family's horse back from the fields to her cave home. Italy. 1948 © David Seymour/Magnum Photos.

The show charts Matera’s recent evolution from the ancient backwater made famous in Carlo Levi’s best-selling memoir Christ Stopped at Eboli to its designation as European Capital of Culture in 2019

Offering a new narrative about Matera’s ancient heritage, the exhibition features works by celebrated photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Esther Bubley, Luigi Ghirri, Emmet Gowin, David Seymour and Carrie Mae Weems.

Cover photo: Mario Carbone. Matera. Italy, 1960 © Archivio fotografico Mario Carbone.

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Address American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, tel. 0658461.

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Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata

American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, tel. 0658461.