Working world, two photo exhibitions in Emilia


How is work changing in one of the most productive regions in Italy? This autumn, two photo exhibitions shed light on the topic in the Emilia region from several perspectives.

Natural Luce (Natural light, until November 30th), curated by Daniele De Luigi and organized as part of the Imprese Aperte (Open Businesses) program on the Laterlite industrial site in Rubbiano (Parma), presents snapshots of the same facility, taken by Gabriele Basilico and Luca Santiago Mora is almost forty years apart. While Basilico’s color photographs capture the historic transition from the militancy of the 1970s to the new economic boom of the following decade, the one is brand new and site-specific window Santiago Mora’s project shows the factory as a living subject and epicenter of new relationships.

Luca Santiago Mora, ‘Window’.

About eighty kilometers further east, in the monumental Rubiera Hospital (Reggio Emilia), Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea (borderline for contemporary photography) presents the exhibitions of Michele Borzoni and William Guerrieri (until December 19), part of the project entitled Jobs. Nuove forms e spazi del lavoro nell’Emilia centrale (Jobs. New Forms and Spaces for Work in Central Emilia), winner of the Photography Strategy 2020 competition sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. In his work Centrali logistiche alimentari (Food Logistics Centers) shows Borzoni in pictures one of the biggest drivers of the national economy, which was accelerated by the recent pandemic.

Michele Borzoni, immagine della serie ‘Centrali logistiche alimentari’, 2021.

William Guerrieri, however, with Corpi e macchine al lavoro (Bodies and Machines at Work) emphasizes the physical dimension of human-machine interaction, also against the background of the connection with Industry 4.0 technologies.

William Guerrieri, stabilimento Kohler Engines a Reggio Emilia, 2021. Immagine della serie ‘Corpi e macchine al lavoro’.

You can also see the photographs of the participants in the workshop of the same name that Guerrieri held in the spring of this year.

Leonardo Stefani, “Outside”, 2021.

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