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Lisetta Carmi

Merry voices in the dark. Photographs in Sardinia 1962–76

04.12.2020  -  07.03.2021

From Friday 4 December 2020 to Sunday 7 March 2021, the MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro will be hosting a major anthological exhibition dedicated to Lisetta Carmi (Genoa, 1924), one of the most important names in Italian photography since the Second World War.
The exhibition, curated by Luigi Fassi and Giovanni Battista Martini, forms part of the MAN’s research into the relationship between major Italian photographers and Sardinia, an aesthetic dialogue that saw its previous representative last year in the retrospective on the work of Guido Guidi.

The exhibition explores an unpublished chapter of Lisetta Carmi’s photography, namely her work on Sardinia, bringing together hundreds of black-and-white shots taken between 1962 and 1976 during her numerous visits to the island.
The exhibition is completed by an unseen series of colour slides showing the inland areas of Sardinia with its woods, rivers and lakes captured in their most arcane and evocative dimension.

Two sections of the display are devoted to the series on transvestites (1965–71) and on labourers in the port of Genoa (1964).The first is the outcome of Lisetta Carmi’s many years of frequenting the marginalized transvestite community in Genoa, sharing their daily lives with an empathy that counters their social marginalization with moments of life in common.
The second is the outcome of a photographic report from 1964 on workers at the port in the Ligurian capital, produced with the objective of uncovering the very harsh working conditions.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive monographic catalogue published by Marsilio and accompanied by critical essays by Etienne Bernard, Nicoletta Leonardi, Giovanni Battista Martini and Luigi Fassi.

From Friday 4 December 2020 to Sunday 7 March 2021, the MAN in Nuoro is also presenting the D'oro e verderame exhibition, a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection curated by Luigi Fassi and Emanuela Manca.

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