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An evening with Italian Photography

An evening with Italian Photography
Raffaela Mariniello.

To celebrate the Photo London week in London we had the pleasure to host indepentent curator and photo editor Giovanna Calvenzi, professor Alexandra Tommasini, photographer Martino Marangoni and collector Anna Rosa Cotroneo for a panel discussion on the Italian photography. The panel shared thoughts and insight into the key trends and focus of Italian photography, how the Italian photography scene has evolved over the past decades and what challenges it faces today. 



Guests also had a chance to discover Raffaela Mariniello's archival work from the Naples series, part of the Cotroneo collection, which is on display at Cheers Apero' 314 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9BQ, until the 12th of June. 


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Raffaela Mariniello


Raffaela Mariniello currently lives and works in Naples, Italy. Her artistic research centres around social and cultural themes, in particular, the transformation of the urban landscape and the relationship between the man, the everyday objects of his life and the places he lives in. Read more



Raffaela Mariniello, Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper. 



Giovanna Calvenzi


Giovanna is an independent curator and photo editor. She works and lives in Milan and is the widow of world famous Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico. Giovanna currently teaches photo editing, cooperates with several Italian magazines and carries out in depth research on the history of contemporary photography. In 1990, she received the award as best photo editor in Europe by Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In 1998, she was Artistic Director of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. From 1992 to 2002, she was a member of the acquisition committee of the Fond National d’Art Contemporain in Paris. In 2002, she was guest curator at Photo Espana in Madrid. In 1995 and 2005, she was part of the jury of the World Press Photo Award and twice taught a Master Class at World Press Photo. In 2014, she was one of the art directors of Mois de la Photo in Paris.


Martino Marangoni


Martino was born and lives in Florence where he runs the Studio Marangoni Foundation, a non-profit organisation that he started in 1999 with the aim to promote the art of photography. He is a teacher and mentor to Italian as well as international students. Since 1999, the Foundation acts as a department of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College for abroad programs. Marangoni is a member of Oracle, the International Photo Curators Association and since 2010 a member of SPE, the Society for Photographic Education in the USA. He studied photography in New York in the early ‘70s and was a visiting Professor at the Cooper Union. Today he continues his research as an artist obtaining international acclaim.


Alexandra Tommasini


Alexandra is an art historian based in London where she was awarded a Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014. She also holds and M.A. in Art History from the University of Exeter. Her research interests include post-war British art, the history and theory of photography with a special focus on the work of Italian Photographer Gabriele Basilico. In 2016, she co-organised the seminar “A Photogrpaher’s sense of space: Looking at the work of G. Basilico” at the University of Westminster in London. She is co-convener of the Photography Research Network. Alexandra currently works for Bridget Riley, cataloguing and researching the extensive body of work of the English artist.




i Cotroneo Collection


Giovanni and Anna Rosa Cotroneo began collecting contemporary art in 1986 when they acquired an artwork by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Based in Rome, their collection mainly focuses on Italian photography from the 60s onwards. They built a collection that comprises great masters of photography as well as emerging artists, based on the couple’s personal taste and friendships that connect them to individual artists.


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