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Cortonaonthemove: This is the End (upcoming)

Curated by Paolo Woods & Irene Opezzo

Since the essence of photography is that it records what “has been,” it is indissolubly linked with death. It is therefore not surprising that since the invention of the medium, death has been one of its recurring themes. Yet in Western societies where photography first developed, the dead body has been gradually rendered invisible, almost a visual taboo. In This Is the End we explore how death has been portrayed by all kinds of photography for the purpose of documentation or celebration, through works that are historical, vernacular, anthropological or artistic. Death has never been more alive than at the Body of Evidence edition of COTM 2024.

The exhibition will include a selection of works from the Erased Lynchings series will be included in a group exhibition entitled, This is the End as a part of the 14th Edition of “Cortona on the Move,” from July 11 through November 2, 2024. To learn more about the exhibitions, please visit the links below.

Artists included: Klaus Bo, Ken Gonzales-Day, Duane Michals, Virginie Rebetez, Walter Schels and Beate Lakotta, Regula Tschumi, Franco Zecchin, and many others.

Body of Evidence..

is the overarching theme for this year’s presentation.

“From the moment photography was born, the body immediately established itself as one of the focal subjects of this new medium. The body to be discovered, laid bare, observed. A place for pleasure, but also for pain, at once vulnerable and incredibly powerful.

Now, more than ever, the body has become the field for every battle, whether over identity, gender or politics, individual or collective. The body can be commodified or sanctified. The perfect body is a lie wrapped in an illusion. The body should be celebrated in all of its forms and in defiance of all diktats. It is a place of freedom and a space to be liberated. For medicine, it is an inexhaustible area of study. For technology, which longs for a machine-body, it is a tool to be improved. Most of all, however, the body is engaged in a never-ending battle against its own end, death.

If it is true that photography can serve as proof, Cortona 2024 will unveil a ‘Body of Evidence‘, where we will explore the body and, along with it, ourselves.”

Paolo Woods, Artistic Director Cortona On The Move

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