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Letizia Battaglia, Festa del giorno dei morti. I bambini giocano con le armi, Palermo, 1986. Courtesy l'artista1 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Festa del giorno dei morti. I bambini giocano con le armi, Palermo, 1986. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Nella spiaggia della Arenella la festa è finita, Palermo, 1986. Courtesy l'artista2 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Nella spiaggia della Arenella la festa è finita, Palermo, 1986. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, I due Cristi, Palermo, 1982. Courtesy l'artista3 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, I due Cristi, Palermo, 1982. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Franca Rame alla Palazzina Liberty, Milano, 1974. Courtesy l'artista4 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Franca Rame alla Palazzina Liberty, Milano, 1974. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Ilona Staller, in arte Cicciolina, nella sua casa di Roma, 1994. Courtesy l'artista5 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Ilona Staller, in arte Cicciolina, nella sua casa di Roma, 1994. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, La conta. Dopo la Processione dei Misteri gli uomini contano i soldi delle offerte, Trapani, 1992. Courtesy l'artista6 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, La conta. Dopo la Processione dei Misteri gli uomini contano i soldi delle offerte, Trapani, 1992. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, L'arresto del feroce boss mafioso Leoluca Bagarella, Palermo, 1980. Courtesy l'artista7 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, L'arresto del feroce boss mafioso Leoluca Bagarella, Palermo, 1980. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Dacia Maraini, nella redazione del Giornale L’Ora, s.d. Courtesy l'artista8 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Dacia Maraini, nella redazione del Giornale L’Ora, s.d. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Renato Guttuso nel suo studio, Palermo, 1985. Courtesy l'artista9 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Renato Guttuso nel suo studio, Palermo, 1985. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Via Pindemonte, Ospedale Psichiatrico, Palermo, 1983. Courtesy l'artista10 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Via Pindemonte, Ospedale Psichiatrico, Palermo, 1983. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, Pier Paolo Pasolini al circolo Turati, 1972. Courtesy l'artista11 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, Pier Paolo Pasolini al circolo Turati, 1972. Courtesy l'artista.

Letizia Battaglia, La bambina con il pallone, quartiere la Cala, Palermo, 1980. Courtesy l'artista12 / 12       Letizia Battaglia, La bambina con il pallone, quartiere la Cala, Palermo, 1980. Courtesy l'artista.

Just for passion

MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome organizes and hosts Just for passion, an anthological exhibition dedicated to the great Sicilian artist Letizia Battaglia.

A major exhibition, curated by Paolo Falcone, Margherita Guccione and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, that from 24 November 2016 through to 17 April 2017 will bring together to MAXXI over 250 photographs, contact sheets and previously unseen vintage prints from the archive of this great artist, along with magazines, publications, films and interviews. Organized shortly after the celebrations for her 80th birthday, and articulated in two macro areas, the exhibitions intends to provide a 360° overview of multi-faceted, courageous and indefatigable personality of Letizia Battaglia and represent the complexity of her interests in photography, publishing, experimental theatre and politics.

Born in Palermo in 1935 and known throughout the world for her photos of the mafia, Letizia Battaglia has provided and continues to provide one of the most extraordinary and acute visual testimonies to Italian life and society, in particular that of Sicily. Recognised as one of the most important figures in contemporary photography for the civic and ethical value of her work, Letizia Battaglia is not only the photographer of the mafia but also, through her artistic work and as a photo reporter for the daily newspaper L’Ora, the first woman and in 1985 in New York she became the first European photographer to receive the prestigious international W. Eugene Smith Grant, the international prize commemorating the Life photographer. Visual testimony to the bloodiest mafia atrocities and social and political reality of Italy, a number of her shots are firmly embedded in the Italian collective consciousness. Most of these have become part of this exhibition thanks to the major installation Anthologia, composed of 120 suspended large format images (66x100) in black and white portraying the places and victims of Mafia assassinations, but also the lives and faces of Palermo and the Italian society. Images of pain, poverty, death, wealth, hope and rebellion sketch out a multi-voiced narrative illustrating a historic period spanning more than forty years.

«I am particularly happy with this exhibition – says Giovanna Melandri, president of Fondazione MAXXI – with which we celebrate not only the extraordinary work of the photographer Letizia Battaglia, but also her social commitment, her militant passion that has seen her incessantly on the front line for diverse causes: legality, women’s issues, enviornmental problems, prisoners’ rights. A commitment that has brought her numerous prizes and awards around the world».

Letizia Battaglia. Just for passion
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts, via Guido Reni, 4A - Rome (Italy)
24 November 2016 – 17 April 2017

opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 11 am - 7pm | Saturday, 11 am - 10 pm | closed on Mondays and May 1st
admission fee: 14,00 € | for concessions and reductions, visit this web page
info: +39 (0)6 3201954
info@fondazionemaxxi.it
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