After the huge success of the now-almost-ended Marilyn Monroe exhibition, Palazzo Madama dedicates yet another event to the miracle of femininity and its many shapes and expressions. This time, we’re talking about a more serious topic, closer to our present reality: a photography exhibition entitled “On the Front Line. Women Photojournalists in War Zones”, on display from October 7th to January 16th, 2017. It features 70 captions from the work of some of the most important female photojournalists sent to document, with empathy and compassion, the many faces of the wars breaking to pieces the so-called “third world”: Gaza, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic etc.
Among the featured photographers, who work freelance or for some of the most prominent news agencies in Europe and not only – Linda Dorigo, Virginie Nguyen Hoang, Jodi Hilton, Andreja Restek, Annabell Van den Berghe, Laurence Geai, Capucine Granier-Deferre, Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi, Matilde Gattoni, Shelly Kittleson, Maysun, Alison Baskerville, Monique Jaques, and Camille Lepage, each presenting 5 of their best war photos. Needless to say, their take on war, its consequences and implications are much more emotionally charged than what the media usually chooses to depict.
Being a photojournalist in a war zone must be one of the most dangerous and life-altering activities one could embark upon; the inconveniences in the case of women practicing it double, to say the least. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling when and where your life would be in danger in those parts of the world, therefore the sad news of the death of yet another journalist does not surprise anymore, not to mention the locals still dying by the thousands each day, only to be turned into mere numbers rolling on our screens.
Among many others, Camille Lepage – one of the artists included into the exhibition – died of gunshot wounds in the Central African Republic in 2014 (at age 26).
WHERE: Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello, Torino
WHEN: from October 7th to January 16th, 2017