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Exhibition at NYU Casa Italiana: Italy’s Margins-- Social Exclusion in Photography and Film, 1860-2010

(Feb 23, 2012)

The margins of a country are real places - the poor peripheral areas of cities, overseas colonies, 'backward' rural areas, Romani camps, fast-track removal centres and many others - but at the same time they are places that are imagined and produced as margins by particular processes of definition and representation. A place becomes a margin because it is viewed and defined as such from a more powerful and prestigious centre of observation. Those who do the viewing and defining are equipped (depending on the historical period) with notebooks, tape recorders, still cameras, movie cameras or video cameras, and they use these technologies to capture and reproduce images of those on the margins. The power relations inherent in these structures of observation and representation are generally not reversible, or are only partially reversible.

The exhbition Italy’s Margins: Social Exclusion in Photography and Film, 1860-2010 is on view from March 5  through April 13, 2012. Mon-Fri 10-5.
Curated and with an inaugural lecture on Monday, March 5 at 6:00pm by 
David Forgacs, Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Professor in Contemporary Italian Studies, NYU

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo'
24 West 12th St
New York