Capturing Italian History: Italian Photography and Film Examined

Nov 22, 2016 810

By Jackson Shrout

Marginalization, in one form or another, is an inevitability in the formation of nations. Italy, which was properly unified over the course of the 19th century, was no exception.

In "Italy's Margins in Photography and Film," a lecture by David Forgacs, the New York University professor examined the cultural history of Italian photographers and filmmakers documenting those in Italy's "margins" — the impoverished urban peripheries, indigenous people colonized by Italians, the rurality of southern Italy, the mental asylums of the nation, and "nomad camps," or fast-track deportation centers.

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