Since 2006, Fotografia Europea uses photography as a tool to reflect upon the complexity of contemporary living. The 2019 edition has its starting point in the literature and philosophy of the 18th century, especially focusing on the images and legacies of one of the most celebrated novels in history, Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos, contrasting but also merging with those of On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It touches upon a wide range of human relations and it explores them.
One can say that relationships start from the private sphere and subsequently expand over public relations, and it is well known how these relationships are, in contemporary society, subject to constant change of perspective. When moving towards the public sphere, the concepts of bonding and relationships leave the intimacy that underlines interpersonal relationships, giving way to social and political behaviour. Bonding always goes towards the other from within one’s self. From ‘me’ we move to ‘us’, and from ‘us’ we move to ‘all of us’, welcoming the other from within our horizon. By establishing these relations, we define the society we live in. “Our relation with machines and artificial intelligence forces us to further think and re-establish what we know: this is no more science fiction but everyday reality”, as Walter Guadagnini states.
These premises allow Fotografia Europea to frame endless conceptual and visual elaborations which, photographically speaking, once again reflect on the meaning of bonding in today’s society. The festival takes place in different locations across the city, both public and private, formal and informal. The exhibitions are accompanied by a rich program of events, conferences, screenings, workshops, portfolio reviews and site-specific performances. The program conceives more than twenty photographic exhibitions, but here you have the ones we’d like to highlight.