FotoGrafia – Festival Internazionale di Roma

If you happen to be in Rome this month, there’s a huge festival of photography going on until May 25, 2008. The theme for this year’s festival (the 7th edition, by the way) is Vedere la normalità : la fotografia racconta il quotidiano which translate as Seeing normality: photography portrays daily life. It is being curated by Marco Delogu and produced by Zoneattive.

The “nucleus” of the event, if you will, is the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, where most of the events will be held. Other “satellite” locations are Museo di Roma in Trastevere, which will feature photographic exhibits mainly devoted to photojournalism. Of particular interest will be the photos that depicts of the horrors and tragedy of the politics of Burma.

If you’re up for a good walk, check out the Circuit section of the web site where you can see photographs displayed all over Rome in bars, restaurants, clubs and bookshops.

A handy Google map shows the location of the photographs as well as the locale in which they are located. Use the Google map to get directions from your hotel or wherever you may be staying. Be sure to check a few of locales while you make your way through the city – many of them are excellent places to grab a coffee, shop and browse.

There will also be exhibitions and events as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna as well as throughout Rome. A detail of the events can be found on their web site and by reading the guide.

If you wish to learn more about the festival, please visit their web site — they do have a very good English language version of the site or take a stab at your Italian if your up to it and browse the Italian version.

If you’re heading to Rome while the festival is taking place, try to check it out during one of your day’s in the city. I’m sure it will prove to be a memorable experience. This is an important event because it is vital that visitors realize that Rome is not just a city of the past, but a vibrant city in the “here and now” with a vibrant, energetic arts scene.

If you saw any of the festival or plan to, leave a comment on the blog and let other readers know about your experience.