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Europe Matters
Fotografia Europea 23

Europe Matters: Fotografia Europea 23 Various Artists

Europe Matters: Fotografia Europea 23
Various ArtistsEurope Matters: Fotografia Europea 23
Various Artists
Fotografia Europea
English, Italian

Edited by Alessandro Avanzino.


241 pages
215 x 280 mm
ISBN Not Available


Is there any such thing as a common European identity? To what extent does myth and memory shape or cement our sense of collective belonging? And how can contemporary photography foster a response to the challenges and circumstances through which European citizens live today?

Considering the relationship between national identity and democratic community, as well as the multicultural realities of every European country today, we need to negotiate between existing as distinct nations of the continent versus a culturally homogenous population. As Peter Gowan and Perry Anderson have said: ‘empires of the past threaten to dissolve into postmodern flatlands swept only by the surf of the market.’* Furthermore, Europe is no longer considered the normative centre from which history is written.

These complexities and difficulties of capturing the nature of the European community are addressed with a selection of photographic projects that focus principally on people and identities in order to confront the politics of inclusion and exclusion and the presence of history and culture in the present moment. Identities persist but spirits are restless.

This book is a catalogue for the 2023 Fotografia Europea Festival which took place from the 28th April to 11th June 2023.

About the Organisation
Fotografia Europea is an international cultural festival dedicated to contemporary photography. The festival, created in 2006, is promoted by the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani and the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and it won Photo Festival of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2022 in New York.