Meetings and presentations by Chiara Capodici, Leporello – photobooks et al.

With this title, referring to a song by Battiato, which in turn refers to a poem by Baudelaire, we like to emphasize the importance of the dimension of the imaginary, of theinterior journey, first and foremost, not necessarily in the mystical or spiritual sense of a somewhat mainstream new age, but in its transcultural, historical and visionary meaning.

Our meetings will be journeys in time, in space, they will talk about how images themselves can travel, emphasising their polysemous power, to the multiple chains of meanings that speak to us of a network with an articulated weave, a network of readings and approaches that summarise, last but not least, some publishing projects to which we have dedicated a special panel.

Leporello – photobooks et al. is a bookshop dedicated to photographic publishing, as a base and point of connection with books on graphics, architecture, illustration, non-fiction, literature, opened in Pigneto in February 2017 on the initiative of Chiara Capodici, a curator and bookdesigner active in the field of photography since 2005. It is an exhibition space and a design venue dedicated to books and images, which aims to promote and disseminate a multidisciplinary and transversal approach to visual culture.


The journey of images: the possibilities of semantic transformation of a project through the metamorphosis of a medium and its manifestations from the wall to the publishing format.
With Francesca Crisafulli, artist and educator, and Chiara Capodici.

What is the relationship between the creative process, its different forms and a functional editing for a publication? How does the meaning of images change?
Francesca Crisafulli began a few years ago to photograph forms she encountered in the street: images and objects, which she then reconstructs by referring to memory alone, through a declination of automatic rewriting. The images serve here as starting points for possible reconstructions of worlds that are a mixture of the real and the imaginary.
The publishing house Topipittori commissioned Francesca Crisafulli to write a children’s book. In the design of the book, which is still in its final stages, many of the non-photographic images were eventually discarded, reflecting that “a levare” process that is indispensable in a publishing project.

Francesca Crisafulli’s artistic activity ranges from sculpture to art graphics, from illustration to design, to the creation of workshops for children on art and recycling.
In 2000, together with Carlo Nannetti, he founded Mook, with which he creates and produces sculptures and objects with recycled materials, unique pieces that are born from the collection and assembly of material ‘discharged by time’. He has always carried out research and production in the iconographic-editorial field in parallel with the creation of objects.

Chiara Capodici has been involved in photography since 2005, devoting herself mainly to exhibition design and photo books.
After an experience in production and communication within Zoneattive, she was assistant to the artistic direction of Fotografia- festival internazionale di Roma from 2006-2008. From 2009 to 2016, as part of the duo 3/3 – photographic design studio, she focused her work on the production and curatorship of photographic books and the realisation of exhibitions and workshops in Italy and abroad, with a particular focus on the world of publishing. In January 2017, he opened Leporello.
He has served on several juries for international awards, including the Kassel photobook Award and the Prix Pictet. He teaches Editorial Graphics and Book Making at the Three-year Photography Course of Spazio Labò, Bologna, and Research Methodology in the Animation and Film Making department of NABA – Rome. Since 2019, she has been collaborating with La Babuch, a space dedicated to photographic design founded by Israel Ariño and Clara Gassull in the Centre-Val de Loire countryside in France. He holds workshops and courses with different realities in Italy and abroad.


Europeans in the time of Europe.
Meeting with Rob Hornstra, photographer.

The Europeans is a decade-long collaboration between writer Arnold van Bruggen and photographer Rob Hornstra, in their second collaboration after working together on The Sochi Project, a five-year work dedicated to the region around Sochi, the Russian resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held.

Henri Cartier Bresson published his book Les Européens in 1955, searching for a broader identity that went beyond national identities and local customs. More than sixty years later, Hornstra and Van Bruggen question who are today’s Europeans in a Europe struggling amidst new and growing nationalist and populist movements, in which the political dream of a united and peaceful Europe seems on the verge of shattering?

Hornstra and Van Bruggen plan to document 20 European regions by 2030. An exhibition will be held in each region and a volume dedicated to the documented region will be published.

Rob Hornstra is a Dutch photographer who devotes himself mainly to long-term documentary projects. Hornstra has always been active in communication practices involving multiple media, first and foremost the editorial, his publication strategies work on several levels and are actively intertwined with the motivations and objectives of his research.

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Future Memories: how have our visions of the future changed, how are they conditioned by our past and how do they influence our present?
Meeting with Nico Krebs and presentation of the book Future Memories, by Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, published by Edition Patrick Frey.

Future Memories explores how our conceptions of the future have changed in recent decades, how this affects our view of the present and our reactions to the changes that lie ahead. Recreated by Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs mostly from archival material, the images in this book are a material exploration of the fact that every vision or illustration of the future is meant to be a collage of images from the past. Using a combination of large-format analogue photography and various digitally controlled laser technologies, the artists have created a visual world that alludes to and takes an associative approach to an emotional world that oscillates back and forth between the optimism of the artists’ childhood and the dystopia of the present.
Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs are two Swiss artists who collaborate on projects that interweave the use of photography, film and installations.

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Visions of travel and crossings of space, time and identity.
With Cristina Marasti, Iperborea; Marco Agosta, The Passenger; Dionigi Mattia Gagliardi, Numero Cromatico; Federica Boragina and Giulia Brivio, Studio Boîte

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Iperborea is an independent publishing house founded by Emilia Lodigiani in 1987 to introduce literature from the northern European area to Italy.
Besides Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland), Iperborea publishes Baltic, Dutch, Canadian, Icelandic literature (including ancient medieval sagas), a series of children’s fiction (I Miniborei) and a series dedicated to Tove Jansson’s Mumin strips.
Since 2018 he has been launching The Passenger series, a book-magazine collecting investigations, literary reports and narrative essays that form a portrait of the contemporary life of a country or a city (not only in Northern Europe) and their inhabitants. Since 2020, The Passenger has also been translated into English, published and distributed worldwide in co-edition with Europa Editions.

Boîte is a research and publishing studio related to contemporary art. Founded in 2009, until 2018 it published the eponymous magazine ‘in a box’ dedicated to the visual arts and, since 2014, it edits and produces artist’s books and projects related to publishing, to support contemporary artistic research through the book form. The magazine is a cardboard box, in a limited edition of 250 copies, which holds loose sheets, images and words that aim to investigate the paths of 20th and 21st century art.

Since its foundation, Numero Cromatico has been publishing accurate art editions. The main publication is Nodes, an international journal on the relationship between art and science.

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