Fotografia Europea – the photography festival attended by over 100,000 visitors last year, confirming its leading role in the international photography panorama –  is being held once again from 6th to 8th May in Reggio Emilia, the city where the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano opened the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification on 7th January 2011.  For five years running, the Festival has contextualized and examined the Italian vision in relation to the European situation from the broadest perspective. This year, the event places itself fully into the context  of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, by dedicating its sixth year to Green, white, red. A photograph of Italy. The exhibition is curated by Elio Grazioli, in collaboration with Alberto Melloni, Gigliola Foschi, Walter Guadagnini and Sandro Parmiggiani, among others, and sponsored by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia with the support of the Region of Emilia Romagna, the Province of Reggio Emilia, the Reggio Emilia Chamber of Commerce and Fondazione Manodori, Fotografia Europea is presenting a series of exhibitions in some of Reggio Emilia's most fascinating art and culture venues – the Cloisters of San Domenico, the Cloisters of the Basilica della Ghiara, Spazio Gerra, Palazzo Casotti, the Synagogue an the Parmeggiani Art Gallery. The goal of the exhibitions is, on the one hand, to convey an image of Italy – with its characteristics, particularly aesthetic ones and their distinguishing features, such as engagement and openness as well as daring, curiosity and experimentation – and on the other, to contribute to a reflection on Italian photography through the works of some of Italy's the leading names in photography.
The hub of the entire Festival is the Cloisters of San Pietro, the building complex of a late-Renaissance monastery, recently restored thanks to the involvement of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

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