CORTONA ON THE MOVE
Associazione Culturale ONTHEMOVE
Cortona, Italy | July 2015
From July 17 2015 to August 09 2015
The exhibitions of Toni Amengual, Marcello Bonfanti and Dougie Wallace in Cortona
During the fifth edition of Cortona On The Move, the projetcs of Toni Amengual, Marcello Bonfanti and Dougie Wallace were exhibited in the public space Parterre in Cortona.
July 17 2015
Flâneur - New Urban Narratives was exhibited in Cortona from July 17th to August 8th. Here a video of the talk "Flâneur - New Urban Narratives" in which Arianna Rinaldo (Artistic Director Cortona On The Move) presents the project during the opening of COTM with Nuno Ricou Salgado (Procur.arte) and the photographers Toni Amengual, Marcello Bonfanti and Dougie Wallace.
Taking the concept of flâneur as a point of departure, the city of Rome offers an unmatched backdrop for reflecting on the themes of production/creation, use and consumption of images. The great tourist attraction of Rome is precisely that: the contemplation of images, from paintings to sculpture, to buildings and monuments – icons that in their time were created for propagandistic purposes, principally religious. Just like any mundane tourist, Amengual sneaks around these monuments, documenting the interaction between tourists and the iconic masterpieces.
Through his camera he transforms the anonymous tourist into a living work of art, adopting a strong chiaroscuro technique that draws from the Baroque style. iCona plays on the word “Icon”, and hints to the most popular technological tool of the 21st century for producing and sharing images via the internet. At the same time, it refers to the first person pronoun in English, “I”, being a reflection on the dominating nihilism of our culture, whereby the selfie has become its crowning visual manifestation.
Cine Cittá, an homage to Carlo Mollino
Carlo Mollino, architect, photographer, designer, airplane pilot, writer, an eclectic figure of XX century Turin, far from the architectural mainstream, he lived his research as a spiritual journey, that brought him to realize the Afterlife house, on the river Po, in the heart of Turin. He never lived in that small flat that was meant to be the house of his soul, left on this earth like a shell, after the mollusk’s death. Following Mollino’s invitation to use architecture as a mean of inner knowledge, Marcello Bonfanti, investigates the gateways that define the rooms of the soul, starting from Mollino’s flat where the architect used to photograph his famous female nudes, driven by a powerful voyeuristic attraction towards his models, that had nothing tactile nor carnal, using the female figure as an aesthetic instrument for his artistic production that he lived as an immersion in the primal realm. He often drew using two hands, as when he designed the Regio Theatre, the non-monument, the place of representation of life, where floors and stairs become symbols of an introspection that can lead to the mental trap of obsession, represented by the Lingotto’s ramp, a courageous structure of the beginning of the XX century. A trap from which we can escape through reason and knowledge, towards the redeeming solution and the reconnection with Nature, symbolized by a walk through the Academy of Science, an 18th century institution, an Enlightenment stronghold. In the dualistic tradition, the way out can become the realm of ego and evil as in the black esoteric tradition of Turin, symbolized by the spaces of the New Jail. The journey ends at the Monumental Cemetery, where the innocent glance of two children is confronted with the final destination, identical to the starting dimension from which they came to complete the earthly journey.
Milan: The Comedy Of Wealth
[Doorman] The occupation dates back at least to the time of Plautus under the Roman Republic where its name was iānitor (from iānua, “door”, also the root of janitor). The significance of the doorman as the person allowing (or barring) entry dates as far back as Mesopotamian myths and the Greek myths descended from them, including that of Nergal overcoming the seven doormen guarding the gates to the Underworld.
[Toydogs] The diminutive size and winsome expressions of toy dogs illustrate the main function of this group: to embody sheer delight. A stalwart celebrity accessory, as essential as a pair of designer sunglasses. Often referred to as handbag dogs they have been known to not forget how to be a dog at all.
[Shop ‘Til you Drop] Wearing oneself out in the pursuit of things. The flip side of accumulation is depletion. To reach the point of no longer having the use of your legs after a day in the high-octane pace of fast-lane materialism. The aspiration is that the exhaustion one feels is a measure of the amount one has consumed.
[Veblen Goods] Luxury goods, such as expensive wines, jewellery, fashion, designer handbags, and luxury cars in demand because of the high prices asked for them, known as the Veblen effect – named after economist Thorstein Veblen, who first identified conspicuous consumption in the late 19th century as a mode of status seeking in his thesis The Theory of the Leisure Class.
Creating an international festival about photography in travel is like giving life to a dream. Cortona On The Move is an event that takes the visitor by the hand and leads him into the images of the world's most important photographers and the best emerging talents. Within the ancient streets of this Etrurian city you will live extraordinary moments merging emotions, thoughts and sensorial paths. An extraordinary wonders' box in which you and only you are the protagonist. A small town nestled in the heart of Tuscany will welcome you to tell its forever lasting history, whose origins are more ancient than Rome. Within the walls of Cortona you will be free to lose yourself in culture, good food and good wine.
You will come across the festival's works through the town's most evocative streets and its timeless alleys. You will travel through others travelers' eyes, like a journey into the journey itself. In an afternoon you will visit Cortona, Caracas, Tunisi, Tokyo and St.Petersburg.
As you will see it won't be hard meeting, among “piazzas” of Cortona, other travelers like you coming from every part of the world. Amateurs, professionals, art and photography passionates with whom you can exchage ideas, opinions and impressions. You will get the chance of taking part in workshops on photography, portfolio reviews and meetings with the authors. You'll learn about the new frontiers of photography, through talks designed for new media and online photography. Being a part of Cortona On The Move means experiencing cultures and living in a happy and peaceful mood. At every breath you breathe photography, where you can meet and have a chat with the world most important master photographers.
In this unique experience you can have a leading role thanks to the "OFF"circuit dedicated to new talents. A section in which your work can be exhibited during the Festival and be rewarded by an international jury.
Reach Cortona by plane
Florence Peretola International Airport about 120 Km away.
Perugia Sant'Egidio Airport about 60 Km away.
Roma Leonardo da Vinci Airport about 200 Km away.
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport about 220 Km away.
For those who prefer joining other photo-enthusiasts and share with them the transfer from the Airport to Cortona, we advise you to try Fly2share, a service that will allow you to share the transfer costs and meet new friends on the way to the Festival.
Reach Cortona by train
Florence-Rome railway line, Terontola or Camucia station Terontola-Perugia-Assisi-Terni railway line, Terontola station. Once arrived at the railway station you can reach Cortona by taxi or bus (read the timetables below).
Reach Cortona by car
Take the Valdichiana exit from, A1 highway (Autostrada del Sole A1). Just After the toll gate exit, take E45 freeway (slip road from Siena to Perugia) in the direction to Perugia, then take the second exit towards Cortona (Cortona San Lorenzo). Follow the road signs to arrive to the SS71 road, in Camucia. Continue towards Cortona city.
Who we are
Cortona On The Move - fotografia in viaggio (photography 'on the move') was born in 2011 on the initiative of ONTHEMOVE cultural association. Right from the outset some of the world’s top photographers brought their work to Cortona while the festival instantly attracted the attention of industry professionals because of its strong international flavour.
The first edition of the festival offered ten principal exhibitions and six OFF Circuit exhibitions. Then, from the second edition on, artistic direction was placed in the expert hands of Arianna Rinaldo. The last edition attracted almost 25,000 visitors to Cortona to see the work of 24 photographers. Every year the quantity and quality of works on display increase proportionally to the number of its visitors. In 2013 Time magazine placed the festival in its guide to the top ten festivals not to be missed, then in 2014 some of the most important magazines in the world reviewed the festival. In 2015 the project European Dream - Road to Bruxelles, inserted in the fourth edition of the festival, received the award CULTURE+ENTERPRISE 2014 in the section Cultural Partnership and Sponsorship.
In such a short space of time Cortona OTM has become "the best festival in Europe if not in the world", to quote the words of Donald Winslow, photojournalist and editor of News Photographer Magazine. The challenge for us is to keep on improving this record, thanks to the work and commitment of all our staff. Cortona OTM is organized in collaboration with Studio Metria agency.
Cortona On The Move is produced by the Cultural Association ONTHEMOVE, in cooperation with Studio Metria, a company specialised in creativity and production of communication and cultural events.
The team of the 2015 edition of the Festival is composed by:
- Artistic director: Arianna Rinaldo
- Executive director: Antonio Carloni
- Production manager: Veronica Nicolardi
- Exhibition manager: Sarah Carlet
- Press office: Luca Faenzi
- Social media editor: Simona Nandesi
- Production bureau: Alice Lanzillotti
- Internship coordination: Carmen Liuzzi
- Editor: Andrea Milluzzi
- Information technology: Alessio Barbini
- Chairman and managing director ONTHEMOVE cultural association: Nicola Tiezzi
- Graphics and creative design: Aleksander Mazurkiewicz
- Visual merchandiser: Dora Binella