Rome is a woman. Rome and women. “Rome. The story of 100 women” is an extraordinary exhibition created by Treccani which, from April 4th to May 12th, will be on display at the Capitoline Museums. The exhibition is promoted by Roma Capitale and the Department of Cultural Growth – Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage, curated by CultRise and designed by Studio Fuksas.
We are talking about faces, expressions, gestures. We are talking about photography, portraits. The subjects range from the President of the Senate of the Italian Republic, to the Mayor of Rome, to refugee women, gypsy women, victims of violence, the homeless, and detainees. And even students, journalists, artists, chefs, taxi drivers, tourist guides, postmen, hairdressers, police officers, employees, politicians.
The artist Jacopo Brogioni, a young photographer who bewitched the MAXXI Museum in Rome and EXPO in Milan, chose half of the world population to portray Rome, contemporary Rome. A hundred faces to create an atmosphere, to give the Capital a face, to suggest a tone of voice, a fleeting thought. The identity of a multi-ethnic city, disorderly and chaotic, contradictory, seductive, a jumble of eras, styles, stories, peoples. Just like the eyes of her women, vivid, tired, sensual, angry, sunny, melancholy, even frightened.
Faces, photos, words, too. Those of Raffaele Timperi, which give rhythm to the images, which give more meaning to the lyricism of an exhibition that tells the city of Rome in a new way once again.
“Among those women – explains the photographer – there are those who were born and raised [in Rome], those who live here, those who work here and those who are simply passing through. Each of them is a fundamental piece: stories, not simple portraits”. Stories: powerful and profound as only photography can portray.
It is worth making this artistic-evocative journey, retracing the journey that Brogioni made for eighteen long months, free from prejudice and judgment in the alleys of the Eternal City. A journey across municipalities and neighborhoods in search of the fire in the eyes of women who came from different social backgrounds and professions, finding that one unequivocal tone capable of describing the contradiction of contemporary Rome: vitality.
The exhibition and its catalog are curated by Treccani who, with this initiative, wanted to be present once again in the cultural life of Rome and show its commitment to the challenges of the contemporary world.