Moving Dangerously – Women and travel 1850-1950


Campo coloniale in Libia
« Africa italiana », n. 2-3, feb.-mar. 1940

 

Packing to leave for Newcastle, for an interesting (or so it seems…) conference on women and travel, 1850-1950.

I will analyse some pictures of Italian women in East Africa to reflect on the meaning that the Fascist regime accorded to their travelling and on the representation that it considered suitable for them as « agents of civilization ».

La società dello sguardo – The gazing society

The « Centro interuniversitario di storia culturale » organizes in Padova a very interesting conference « La società dello sguardo. Ricerche sulla storia della visione in età contemporanea. XIX-XX sec. », « The gazing society. Approaches to the history of vision in the modern period (19th-20th century) ».

 

Robert Frank’s « New York is » rediscovered

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/a-lonely-gaze-on-the-times-and-its-city/

It seems that some original prints from Robert Frank’s « New York is » have been rediscovered in The New York Times’ archive. Randy Kennedy tells the all story on their blog, Lens.

I love archives, they are always so full of delightful surprises!

The bride’s veil in NY City

In a week from now I will be leaving for this crazy place, with more than 6000 presenters expected. More than 6000…

It is the Annual congress of American Geographers and panels will also include subjects related to Photography. You can browse the online program to find papers or presentations that may interest you.

Archivio fotografico "G. Saracchi", s. 5.29

One of the paper related with photographs, and history, is mine.

The title is « The bride’s veil: dream, fashion, representation and control » and here is the abstract:

For many women, one dress had, and still has, a very special meaning: the wedding dress.

The marriage ceremony builds a very peculiar space, threshold between private and public. The couple stages for the community, that is in a public space, feelings and attitudes usually confined to the private space. Frequently even walking in procession the streets of their hometown.
The bride, in particular, uses her body to show her will to accept her social role as a married female. In this process, dress, along with headdress and make-up, plays a leading role. Through it, the bride embodies a specific image of the wife, and mother, she wants to show her community she will be.
Social and gender expectations, fashion, social and economical situations, but also movies, magazines and even fairy tales, all contribute to create the image of the « ideal bride ». How do women react to this complex of elements, by conforming to or breaking non-written rules? How does this reaction change as times goes by?
Starting from the photographs conserved in Archivio fotografico « Saracchi »(more than 1700 marriages celebrated between 1948 and 1994 in the surroundings of Milan) the paper will analyse changes, and continuity, in the fashion of wedding dress and the meanings attached to it after WWII in Northern Italy. These pictures will be compared with images taken from fashion magazines, illustrated gossip magazines and other media.
The paper will also focus on how this widespread imaginary historically interlaces with social and personal expectations.

 

 

Natasha Caruana: fairytales for sale

I am currently working on brides representation in Italian photographs after WWII.

Running into the work of Natasha Caruana « Fairytales for sale » was so strange and inspiring…

Natasha Caruana, 2011, http://natashacaruana.com/_assets/img/projects/26/heads99__small.jpg

Lex-ICON : traiter l’image comme un texte/ traiter le texte comme une image

Call for papers for an international conference on the relation between words and images in litterature and art. The conference will be held at Université de Haute Alsace, from 7 to 9 June 2012.

Even if it is not specifically on photographs, I find dealing with different approaches always very stimulating.

Fichés? Photographie et identification du Second Empire aux annèes 1960

One of the first uses of photographs has been to identify people. It’s a use well studied by scholars.

The Musée of archives nationales, in Paris, holds an exhibit on the subject at Hotel de Soubise. The exhibit is closing in a few day but there is a catalogue available.

Les temps forts. La guerre d’Algérie, images et représentations

A rich program on the representation of Algeria war at Forum des images, Paris, from 24th January to 2nd February: conferences, movies, photo exhibits and much more.

Les temps forts. La guerre d’Algérie, image et représentations.