Francesca Todde is a documentary photographer based in Milano, Italy. She was selected in 2018 for the Nikon NOOR Masterclass and was a finalist at the Marco Pesaresi Prize. She has had publications with M le Magazine du Monde, Granta, YET magazine, La Vie, etc. Selected exhibitions include : BYOPaper! Arles, Les Rencontres de la Photographie à Arles, Reflexions, CAMERA. She founded with the artist Luca Reffo the independent publishing house « Depart Pour L’Image ». www.departpourlimage.com
The Red Man – on Goliarda Sapienza Imagery (Dec 2017 – ongoing)
Goliarda Sapienza is now recognized as one of the most important Italian authors, yet she was during her life forgotten and opposed by the literary and political environment. Partisan, anarchist, anti-feminist but lover of women and precursor of gender issues, prepared for the heroism of the wartime but less at ease in the tranquiity of the 80s, extreme to the point of ending up in jail for theft of jewellery; Italy was not ready to welcome such a contrasted figure.
At the time of her death in 1996, not even a page of her work was in book stores.
Two years later, her husband Angelo Pellegrino, decided to publish “The art of joy” (600 pages) at his expense, activating a vital circuit that leaded to the publication of the book in France in 2005. Acclaimed as one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century, the book remained at the top of the charts for weeks and in 2008 Einaudi started publishing her whole work in Italy. Despite this success, Goliarda Sapienza remains, in my opinion, visually underestimated.
Tristan – a sensitive education (France 2017-2018)
“Yet it can happen, suddenly, unexpectedly, and most frequently in the half-light-of-glimpses, that we catch sight of another visible order which intersects with ours and has nothing to do with it.[…] We come upon a part of the visible which wasn’t destined for us. Perhaps it was destined for night-birds, reindeer, ferrets, eels, whales…” John Berger
Tristan is a bird educator, he prepares birds for theatre and cinema and develops their positive contact with humans in « ornitotherapy ». As a child, in the forest behind his parent’s house he realized that, while remaining still for a long time, the animals came out of the vegetation. The approach in respect of the rhythm
of the other, remains the basis of Tristan’s method. His technique is based on the understanding of bird’s sensibility, that is more extensive than ours, moving to areas we have partly forgotten in the course of evolution. Body position, intensity of the look or even the intentions that animate us, have for birds a great deal of importance. Following Tristan, we can enter their world made of minimal, subtle and incorporeal events.