Lisetta Carmi. The beauty of truth

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Lisetta Carmi, Metropolitan,Paris,1965 @Lisetta Carmi, courtesy Martini & Ronchetti_600
Lisetta Carmi, Metropolitan,Paris,1965 @Lisetta Carmi, courtesy Martini & Ronchetti_600


Al Manthia hotel the continuing search for events that can enrich the stay of its guests suggests, in the heart of Trastevere, a visit to the exhibition

Lisetta Carmi. The beauty of truth

From 20 October to 3 March 2019 at Museo di Roma in Trastevere.

clean yes Giovanni Battista Martini, who also designed the video interview with photographer, the exhibition, first public exhibition in the capital, It features over 170 images including many unpublished. An extraordinary anthology testifies to the great expressive power of his look never boring.


The exhibition

The photographs retrace his artistic career covering the sixties and seventies, twenty years or so in which Lisetta Carmi is dedicated to photography. Three publishing projects represent as many explanatory nuclei of the variety of topics discussed during your career. The first is “Metropolitain” of the 1965 , of a single copy features images of the Paris metro enriched by the text snapshots di Alain Robbe-Grilled. The second is represented by "I Travestiti " of the 1972, surely one of the most important works. In the New Year's Eve 1965 Lisette accepts an invitation to a party and enters the world "ghetto" of the Genoese transvestites giving intense images and affectionate. “Thanks to them I learned to accept myself ... I knew that I would not have married and refused the role that society assigned to women. My experience with transvestites made me reflect on the right that we all have to determine our identity. " So he tells in an interview years later. The third volume published in 1977 He is entitled "Waters of Sicily" with texts Leonardo Sciascia, a journey through the landscape and the Sicilian humanity.

Different sections meander in a fascinating and tragic journey in some ways that has always fueled his search. There is Genoa: the city, the port con i reportage L’Italsider of the 1962, Genova Porto of the 1964 and the inhuman conditions of the port work, Eroticism and authoritarianism in Staglieno of the 1966. The section I reportage, The travels with Piadena of the 1965, a real part of the city at that time considered unprecedented cultural experiment, and the testimonies of numerous trips to various parts of the world by Israel to 'India, dall’ America Latina all’ Afghanistan. The faces of Carmi, where in the section People, photos you can admire the work of the 1966 its Ezra Pound with which she was awarded the prestigious prize Niépce for Italy. To close the sequence de Childbirth of the 1968 Galliera Hospital in Genoa.


Lisetta Carmi

The intense life of Lisetta Carmi It is widely exemplified by his photographic work. Born in Genoa in 1924 from a middle class Jewish family, He develops immediately his talent for music. His talent for the piano allows the very young to start a concert activity that allows her to travel the world, protecting it from the horror of racial persecution. A vital necessity pushes from the bottom, however,, as she tells "I was in Genoa and I wanted to take part in a march in support of the rights of port work, but my music teacher forbade me. He said it was too dangerous, I could break my hands. I said 'if my hands are more important than the rest of humanity from tomorrow I will no longer sound.' " He stops playing and embraces the camera. The photograph becomes the instrument of his existential quest. His works shake consciences, causes the self-righteous, breaks taboos. His work on transvestites is opposed by many, illegal shots manage to be published only seven years after their creation. And it is the rebellion against the hypocrisy that pushes her to rummage in the depths, to probe deep in places and people with great respect for the soul contrasts.

In his trip to the East it is affected by the encounter with Babaji, latest incarnation of a Yogi dell'Himalya, abandoned photography to found in 1979 a place of meditation among the trulli of Puglia, Ashram Cisternino where he retired to private life.

The exhibition is an opportunity to admire dense images of life and to get in touch with the figure of great sensitivity that was able to create them. Anything, perhaps, It is more significant of courage and freedom of Lisetta Carmi a strong assertion:

"I've never worked for success, but to understand humanity "



Lisetta Carmi. The beauty of truth
Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza S. Egidio 1 / b
20 October 2018 – 3 March 2019
Timetable and prices
From Tuesday to Sunday hours 10.00 – 20.00.
The ticket office closes at 19.00;
24 e 31 December at 10.00 – 14.00.
Closed Mondays, 25 December and 1 January

Rates non-residents:
full: € 8,50 Reduced: € 7,50
Rates residents:
full: € 7,50 Reduced: € 6,50
Single ticket including entrance to the museum and the exhibition
By purchasing the MIC Card, at a cost of € 5,00 unlimited entry for 12 months
Show Info Tel. 060608 (daily hours 9:00 – 19:00)