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Photo Exhibition “Close/Far: A Journey to Discover the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Migrant Communities in Italy”

CloseFar UNESCO

The “Close/Far” photography exhibition will be inaugurated next July 1st at 6 p.m. at the Miro Hall of UNESCO. This exhibition, previously organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo, was presented in Rome from October 28 to November 27, 2022, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, on the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Soon, it will also be exhibited in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters.

The exhibition was born from a public call that involved individuals from migrant backgrounds, inviting them to present photographs that depicted their heritage. This led to the creation of a collection of 300 photographs from 29 different countries, highlighting the richness and diversity of cultural practices around the world. Among the participants are both professional and amateur photographers, all united by the desire to share their roots and stories through the art of photography. On this special exhibition, the invitation has been extended to delegates from the 29 represented countries, making the event an important moment of intercultural meeting and dialogue.

The exhibition, curated by Francesca Campana, is not limited to the simple display of photographs but aims to contribute to the definition of belonging and identity through cultural heritage. The cultural practices represented in the images offer a reflection on how these traditions help to build and strengthen the ties between migrants, Italy, and their countries of origin, some of which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The “Close/Far” exhibition will be open to the public from July 1 to 10. This event represents an important opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity and reflect on how heritage can act as a bridge between the various communities of the world. The official inauguration, scheduled for July 1st at 6 p.m., promises to be a moment of great significance and international participation.