Here they fought!
from 29 November 2018 to 7 December 2018
Here they fought! 1914 – 1918
On the First World War Trails
From Alps to Carpathians
Krakow, Poland | Italian Institute of Culture.Climbing those harsh rocks, you can feel like facing a forgotten world, where you can hear only the wind together with the solitary caw of some bird of prey. Yet, step after step, the soil starts to show indelible scars, abandoned trenches, destroyed bunkers and rent mountain’s crests. The sorrow that was lived here is still clearly visible, pieces of shoes, bomb splinters, shrapnel, cartridges and, here and there sometime, silent and white, you can see appearing and laying, between the edelweiss, the bones of some unknown fallen soldier. You are shocked by the soil harshness and, also in the most remote and inaccessible crests, you can see the passage of the fighting.
Behind each of those signs there were men that lived that tragic experience, an experience far away from us, inhuman, that cannot be forgotten. Those men, on different battlefronts, found themselves fighting in the middle of their youth one against the other. Those men were our great-grandfathers, Italians, Frenchs, Austrians, English, Germans, Slovenians, Hungarians and many others and the memory of their pain cannot get lost.
The sorrow that they had to face, the pain of the families, the trauma that First World War was, have to be a warning. These inhospitable places are a concrete and alive experience for those who dare to pass there; they are alive history that gets out from the sterile words that we can find in our history books.
This photographic exhibition, with its 100 shots in black and white (the number of shown photos depends on the exhibition showroom), is the result of a multi-year work, it is intended to accompany the visitor towards those narrow and cold places. A first exhibition route crosses the Alps from Slovenia to Italy, passing through Austria, where one of the most inhumane wars was fought. A war that brought the soldiers fighting over 3,000 meters of height. A second exhibition path accompanies the visitor to the far and forgotten Carpathians Mountains where fierce battles were fought at 40 degrees below zero in what was the Eastern Front. A vast territory today between Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.
The exhibition wants to be a way to a better understanding of the price and the consequences of divisions and conflicts. It wants to be a hymn to peace and Europe. The latter was born on the ashes of two world wars with a precise aim: not to repeat! It wants to be a tribute to all the soldiers that fought on every front losing love and life.
The exhibition is dedicated to my great-grandfathers, their brothers and uncles, many of them left and never came back.
In the picture the silver medal of honour of my gran-grandfather hold into the hands of my grandmother, over a hundred years old, whose only memory about her father is she clinging to her father’s military booth the day he left home never coming back.
The entire photographic work, edited with the prestigious publisher Ulrico Hoepli S.p.A., is available on the market since October 2017. The book provides a time line of the Great War together with an historical introduction rich of anecdotes and historical curiosities. It contains the entire photographic portfolio. The last chapter gives to the readers the useful information to track back the former battlefields. The publisher’s webpage is available at the following link. The book is only in Italian and available on Amazon. More details are available on my site at this webpage.
5 EU Countries
Milan, Genoa, Tallinn, Lyon, Krakow and many other places!
Milan, Italy | Palazzo Moriggia, Risorgimento Museum | 4th September – 22nd November 2015;
Camogli, Italy | Town Hall | 19th February – 2nd April 2016;
Acqui Terme, Italy | Palazzo Chiabrera | 30th April – 15th May 2016;
Cervia, Italy | Ex Salt Warehouse | 11th – 26th June 2016;
Conselice, Italy | ArtShowroom ArteIncontro | 14th – 30th July 2016;
Kobarid, Slovenia | Fundacija Poti miru v Posočju | 9th September – 30th October 2016;
Zibido San Giacomo, Italy | MU.SA. | 1st April – 7th May 2017;
Tallinn, Estonia | Fotomuuseum | 5th May – 11th June 2017;
Pivka, Slovenia | Park of Military History | 12th July – 22nd October;
Genoa, Italy | Commenda di Pré | 14th November 2017 – 2nd January 2018;
Milan, Italy | International Bookstore Hoepli | 23rd November 2017 – 22nd April 2018;
Milan, Italy | International Bookstore Hoepli | 13th August – 15th September 2018;
Casale sul Sile, Italy | Villa Bembo | 6th – 14th October 2018;
Camogli, Italy | Town Hall | 2nd – 17th November 2018;
Lyon, France | 6e Arrondissement | 12th – 16th November 2018;
European Commission, Representations in Italy, Slovenia, Estonia;
Government Entity for the hundredth’s celebrations 2014/2018;
Italian Mountain Club;
Italian Mountain Soldier Military Association (A.N.A.);
Historical Society on the White War;
Erasmus Student Network – Italy;
Slovenian Tourist Board;
Fundacija Poti miru v Posočju;
The International Propeller Club – Port of Milan;
City Council of Milan 3 September 2015
Il Giornale 3 September 2015
Resegone On Line 8 September 2015
La Repubblica 10 September 2015
Foto Zona 14 September 2015
La Ghigliottina 14 September 2015
La Valigia dell’Artista 24 September 2015
il Governo per il Centenario 8 February 2016
Il Secolo XIX 16 February 2016
Levante News 18 February 2016
Erasmus Student Network Italia 19 February 2016
Il Secolo XIX 20 February 2016
TG3 Liguria edition of 14:00 22nd February 2016
TelePace Liguria, TV Show “Buon Pomeriggio” (Good Afternoon) edition 2 p.m. 17th March 2016 from minute to minute (1:00 to 2:18 — 18:05 to 26:18 — 47:17 to 56:00 — 1:02:02 to 1:06:36 — 1:16:28 to 1:18:53).
Levante News 19 March 2016
TG Tigullioggi (from minute 20:30 to minute 22:40)
Il Secolo XIX 30 March 2016
L’Ancora 17 April 2016
L’Ancora 5th May 2016
Romagna Gazzette 7th July 2016
Dolina Soče 9th September 2016
Mojaobcina 9th September 2016
ANSA FVG 11th September 2016
SecoloXIX 23rd January 2017
Lettera43 1st May 2017
Kes Kus 1st May 2017
RTV Slovenia 13th July 2017
Corriere della Sera 16th November 2017
Il Secolo XIX 21st November 2017
Alto Adige 7th January 2018
Trentino 7th January 2018
Storia Militare 1st February 2018
Il Piccolo 21st February 2018
Il Piccolo 26th February 2018
Il Messaggero Veneto 27th February 2018
Montagne360 1st March 2018
Gazzetta della Spezia 7th March 2018
La Spezia Cronaca 7th March 2018
Liguria 24 7th March 2018
Montagne360 1st Aprile 2018
Sololibri.net 10th July 2018
ArtTribune 9th August 2018
MenteLocale 9th August 2018
Corriere della Sera 13th August 2018
Repubblica 14th August 2018