1 / 4       © Nicolò Degiorgis, from the series Hidden Islam, 2009-2014.
2 / 4       © Nicolò Degiorgis. From the series Hidden Islam, 2009-2014.
3 / 4       During the visit to the exhibition Hidden Islam by Nicolò Degiorgis. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
4 / 4       During the visit to the exhibition Hidden Islam by Nicolò Degiorgis. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

Hidden Islam

Do we really guarantee the freedom of worship in our country? Officially yes. In Italy, religious freedom is guaranteed by various articles in the Constitution and by the very same secularity of the State. The right to manifest and practice one’s own belief, whatever that is, without limitations or retaliations from the authorities, is one of the fundamental principles of our system. But is it in effect this right guaranteed for all religions across the entire Italian territory? This is the basic question around which gravitates Nicolò Degiorgis’ work exhibited in the rooms of the Cavallerizza.
Hidden Islam is born from the realization that despite there are 1,35 millions of Muslims living currently in Italy, on our territory there are only 8 official mosques. «This shortage of places to worship – writes Martin Parr in the introductory text to the exhibition – is particularly acute in North-East Italy home to many anti-Islamic campaigns headed by the right wing party Lega Nord, which has always conducted its campaign on an anti-Islamic program. One consequence is that the Muslim population have accumulated a huge number of makeshift and temporary places of worship. These are housed in a variety of buildings including lock ups, garages, shops, warehouses and old factories». Those are the places investigated by Degiorgis during the last five years, which have been grouped in the work exhibited in Lucca. The itinerary starts with real data sheets; they categorise the place, with a black and white image of the place and its geographical collocation. Here we find a rigorous catalogue of the different typologies of infrastructure that Muslim in the Northeast use to worship their creed. These are improvised places of worship, and the author shows us the interiors too with the images projected in the second room, and offers us an interesting opening on a world that too often is preconceived and it is judged without awareness of the situation. One does not need anything else to take pictures of such an irregular situation and to induce in the visitor a series of questions and considerations on a problem that has become incredibly hot and controverts after the happenings in Paris.
The author proposes the problem without judgement leaving to the spectator the freedom to arrive to his own conclusions and the exhibition proposed by Photolux has the merit to respect this complexity and presents the work in its essence with a minimal set up that has huge impact and communicative efficacy. [ S. B. ]

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HIDDEN ISLAM
by Nicolò Degiorgis
Cavallerizza | 21 November - 13 December 2015
admission fee: 10,00 €


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[ INTERNAL RESOURCES ]
Photolux 2015: the exhibitions
[ video ] Sacred and Profane: interview with Enrico Stefanelli
Photolux 2015 on FPmag

[ EXTERNAL RESOURCES ]
Nicolò Degiorgis
Photolux Festival 2015

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published on 2015-12-09 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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