CECILIA MANGINI. 36 SHOTS.
Seeing beyond the evident, framing the world in an effective way: this is something that Cecilia Mangini (Mola di Bari, 1927) understood from a very young age, as soon as she began to wield a camera in order to, in her own words, "thank the world" for the miraculous invention called the photographic device, during a career that began in part inspired by neo-realist cinema and her radical commitment to the relationship between cinema, photography and reality.
In this online exhibition we review her career, which witnessed the crucial years of the 20th century in Italy: a country marked by the ravages of fascism and the Second World War, as well as by the industrial economic boom, of which Mangini shows several facets. Mangini's way of seeing is remarkable for her empathy and unwavering militancy, thirty-six accurate shots that we will see in a tour of four movements.
The first part, entitled "Sud", takes us through the south of Italy. A dispossessed land, characterized by economic backwardness in sharp contrast with the industrial wealth of the north. The second part, "Viaggi in Italia - Milano e Firenze" shows the other face of the economic boom of these cities, on the side of the working class. The third part, "Volti del XX secolo (Artisti e ritratti di celebità)" brings us closer to Mangini, a magazine and newspaper photographer, chronicler of the 20th century and her luminaries, including Fellini, Chaplin and Silvana Mangano. The fourth part, "Le Vietnam era libre", is made up of Mangini's incredible and unpublished photographic legacy, her look at the Vietnam of 1965 (in her journey to prepare a film that never saw the light) radically different from the one recorded in the collective subconscious about that conflict.
Check it out at www.36disparosmangini.com