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'PALACE WOMEN. Artisans and Photography': A glimpse of the show

October 30 to December 15, 2023

Gruppo Fotografico Il Cupolone

Inauguration reservations for 6pm on October 30

Il Palmerino Cultural Association. Via del Palmerino 6 – Florence

Exhibition open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until December 15, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and by appointment. For more information and reservations:

Ten women photographers from the award-winning Florentine cultural association Gruppo Fotografico Il Cupolone capture the essence of the project ‘Palace Women: Oltrarno and Beyond’. Via photo reportage or artistic images, the team is committed to the creation of a photographic archive spotlighting the modern-day creativity of artisans and art students who find inspiration in the Florence palazzi (and gardens!) that female pioneers designed, developed and ‘populated’. From riverside to countryside, they will start with Oltrarno sites and female-run workshops, before moving on to explore villas in other districts, once home and haunt to powerful or creative women.

Participating artisans inspired by Vittoria della Rovere, Elizabeth Browning and the women of Villa Petraia include Ilaria Ceccarelli and Ayako Nakamori (fabrics and natural chord), Kristie Mathieson (grès) Jane Harman (wood), Andrew Stone (watercolor woodblock prints), Negar Azhar Azari and Brenda Luize Roepke (jewelry). The exhibition will include a series of works inspired by Medici women patrons, crafted during the Palace Women student grant programme at the Liceo Artistico Statale di Porta Romana e Sesto Fiorentino, focused on papermaking, serigraphs and printing on textiles.

The exhibition opening, which is part of the Palace Women Programme Calendar, includes the premiere of ‘Artisans and Palace Women’, a video by Florence-based Russian video-maker Olga Makarova. Photographers: Alessandra Barrucchieri, Valentina Bellini, Sabina Bernacchini, Cinzia Carmen Cardellicchio, Paola Curradi, Maria Grazia Dainelli, Cristina Garzone, Cecilia Franchi, Maria Laura Fineschi, Daniela Giampà, Sandra Lumini, Viola Parretti and Antonella Tomassi, curated by Simone Sabatini.

This programme, organised by Calliope Arts, the British Institute of Florence and Cultural Association Il Palmerino, is made possible with the generous support of Alice Vogler, Donna Malin, Margie MacKinnon and Wayne McArdle.


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