A photo exhibition and a charity auction to benefit the victims of Emilia’s earthquake

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Italian Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society (CIRPS) is setting up a photographic tribute exhibition for Emilia’s earthquake disabled victims to be held in Rome from February 18th to March 9th, 2013. Chairman Olivio Argenti stated: “Our society means to bring a contribution from the world of photography to this very important cause”.

A photo exhibition and a charity auction to benefit the victims of Emilia’s earthquake

The Italian Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society (CIRPS), presided by Mr. Olivio Argenti, is setting up a photographic exhibition and a charity auction to benefit the families of disabled victims of the earthquake that hit the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna back in May 2012. 

The exhibition, called A tribute from photography to Emilia’s earthquake victims’ families with physically and mentally disabled members, will be held at the VISIVA art gallery in Rome from February 18th to March 9th, 2013.

Chairman Argenti, how did the idea for this exhibition come up?
"Our society was born barely a year ago, and we’d like it to be quite atypical in its context. First of all, we mean to create a culture of photography by helping photographers to improve and evaluate themselves. To this end, we came up with this exhibition initiative, which is meant to state the contribution from the world of photography to such an important matter.
This year we focused on Emilia, but if the exhibition proves to be successful and generates a valued outcome we may decide to keep on doing it with new purposes”.

Can you explain us how can someone enroll to the auction, and who is allowed to submit photos?
"Both professional and amateur photographers can submit their works for the exhibition and the charity sale simply by subscribing to the event and sending up to 3 photos to the CIRPS website http://eventi.rps-italy.org/. The call is open until December 15th, 2012.
The event is open to the public, so whoever may want to be involved should take into account that the photos have to be conceived to raise a collector or a buyer’s interest. The charity sale will be held by Sotheby’s for free on February 21st at 7 pm, while the photo exhibition with direct sale will take place every day from 2 pm to 8 pm starting February 22nd up until March 9th”.

How are you going to choose which photos will be auctioned?
"The auction will feature a maximum of 50 photos, including those made by worldwide known photographers. The selection will be made by a Jury which includes me and three great names from the world of photography: Luciano Corvaglia, Master printmaker; Tom Hunter, who is a photographer and a Professor of Potography at the London College of Communication / London University of the Arts; and Vanessa Slawson, Chairman of the Licentiateship Distinction Commission (LRPS) and Member of the Royal Photographic Society’s “Professional & Applied” Commission for the Associateship and Fellowship Distinctions (ARPS/FRPS).
50 more photos, chosen by the same Jury, will shape up the exhibition and may be directly sold to visitors”.

Are there any other initiatives related to this event, besides from the exhibition and charity auction?
"During the opening night on February 22nd we’ll have a wine tasting with products from the heroic viticulture and typical foods. The attendees will buy a ticket for the tasting, giving their contribution to the purpose of the whole event.”

Who will benefit from the whole event?
"The proceeds from the printed photos sale, the publications and the wine tasting will be given to Caritas - Modena, who will allocate them to the severely disabled victims of the earthquake, and to the Francesca Rava Foundation - NPH Italia Onlus, who is completing the re-building of «La Lucciola», a Center for Integrated Therapy for Children at Stuffione di Ravarino, near Modena”.

 

Lorenzo Arduini
(Translation: Chiara Borghesi)

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