Ranging from the portrayal of “ammazzatine” (slang for "homicides") and blue-collar workers to the parties of socialites, Letizia Battaglia has been the uncompassionate eye of Palermo for over thirty years.
Looking at her images, the Anglo-Saxon world has compared her to Weegee - perhaps out of an excessive sense of morbidity towards the folklore of mafia murders captured in their homeland, rather than on New York City’s livid asphalt.
And yet, Letizia Battaglia’s Palermo is a “Naked City”, too - a stunning and miserable city, perpetually on the move and still so identical to itself despite the passing of decades (if not even centuries).
For the first time ever in the UK, Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery organizes a comprehensive retrospective on the Palermo-native photographer, from her debut with Franco Zecchin to the slaughters of 1992, until her voluntary exile in Paris and her most recent projects.
It’s a unique opportunity to discover both an incredibly complex city (and era) and the incredible woman who served - and still does serve - as their irreplaceable witness.
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