LORENZO CASTORE

FESTA DI SANT’AGATA

Catania, Italy • February  2-7, 2019

If you know TPW, you know that Sicily has always been at the centre of our attentions. After many years of workshops on Eastern Processions and more recently, A Taste of Sicily, we will be in Catania to follow one of the most celebrated religious Feasts in the world, The Festa of Sant’Agata.

Sant’Agata is the Saint patron of Catania and every year from the 3rd till the 5th of February, the date of the martyrdom, during the days of annual celebration the city goes completely wild.

The Saint (the statue containing the relic of the saint) gets out of the of the Dome carried by the devotees and starts to go around the city following each year the same paths. The Saint then goes definitively back in the Dome on the 6th in the morning where will stay inaccessible to the public till next year

I usually don’t photograph religious or popular celebrations, but through the years the interest to be in Catania for Sant’Agata celebration grew.

Catania is not a little town nor a benighted city closed in its own superstition but one of the most developed cities in the Italian South and regardless all that the celebration is characterized by a timeless and mystical fury.

I’s amazing the wideness of the citizenship’s share: old and young people of every social class, political and religious believes, sexual taste and tendencies they all mob the Saint night and day to be somehow touched by grace.

 Photographing here for me it is not about the celebrations on its literal moments but of the aguish search for salvation in the eyes of the devotees craving for a sign, an image, a direction. The need of looking for something to believe and of committing yourself somehow in a world confused and scary, where the unknown, the metaphysical, the irrational becomes the only possible answer.

This workshop it is about following a fury in the streets and in ourselves, a pagan and religious force that transform the city, its inhabitants and who is there, the rite will be followed according to individual pushes and necessarily following the mass.

Lorenzo Castore

 

We will spend the first days photographing the event till its culmination on the 5th. Then we will spend the remaining days editing and preparing a well-defined book about the work that has been produced.

We will find hotels/apartments in the centre of town, from where it will be easier to have access to different areas.

This workshop is suggested to everyone who wants to live a very strong collective experience, document a unique event and at the same time create a very personal portfolio.     We expect participants to be familiar with their camera (digital), to bring a laptop for downloading images every day, and also be familiar with one of the common editing software – Lightroom, Aperture, Camera Raw etc…

Our assistant will be there to help you with the logistics of going around Catania, but we expect you to know your camera and post-production tool well.

 

BIOGRAPHY

1973.
Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence on June 22nd.
1981.
Moves to Rome with his mother.
1992.
Lives in New York where works at Bob Seligman’s TV production office. Begins to photograph in the streets.
1993.
Returns to Rome where studies Law and in the meantime photographs Termini Railway Station and Casilino 700 gipsy camp.
1997.
Travels in India with his friends Giorgio Mortari and Saverio Costanzo: this trip marks an important step. Goes by chance to see Exils, Josef Koudelka exhibition. This show causes a deep and strong impression on him: it changes his perspective on photography and much more, it is a real starting point. Studies photographic and dark-room technique privately.
1998.
Wins the Dintorni dello Sguardo Award and realizes a commission for it photographing the west coast of Genova.
1999.
Immediately after his degree in Law goes to Albania and Kosovo where photographs elderly Serbians imprisoned in an orthodox monastery under siege. Comes back with a frustrating feeling of disillusion regarding the News and photojournalism. Decides of not going anymore where things are happening – at least not before understanding more about himself and his own inner pushes – but where things happened. First trip to Silesia, Poland. His base is Gliwice, the town where Hitler attacked the Radio Station provoking the beginning of World War II.
2000.
Back to Poland where photographs especially in the coal-mines and to India where photographs the routes to Gange’s and its tributaries sources.
2001.
Again India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, then Poland and New York where photographs Ground Zero and the 9/11 impact. Joins Grazia Neri Agency. Starts to document the construction of many buildings for Gregotti Associati International. Meets Michael Ackerman that becomes one of his closest friend and partner of many adventures.
2001-02.
Realizes the color series Paradiso in Havana, Cuba and in Mexico City, Mexico. Meets film-maker Adam Cohen. Starts to document the work of the sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.
2003-04.
Meets Christian Caujolle and joins Agence/Galerie VU’: in Paris meets Anders Petersen, a mentor and a important source of inspiration. Works on Nero in South-western Sardinia. Won the Mario Giacomelli Award. Starts giving workshops regularly, activity that continues regularly till today. His first book Nero is published by Federico Motta Editore.
2005.
Works at Present Tense in Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Germany. Won the Leica European Publishers’ Award. The book Paradiso is published by six European publishers.
2006.
Moves to Krakow. Travels and works around Europe. Starts to edit years of his diary work Present Tense: the process is still on today.
2007-08.
He’s in Hungary, Italy, Germany and Greece. Starts to photograph middle aged brother and sister Ewa and Piotr Sosnowski and works on Ultimo Domicilio, a project in chapters about interiors of abandon houses.
2009.
Shoots and directs with Adam Cohen his first short film No Peace Without War.
2010-13.
Continues to work with Ewa and Piotr, at Ultimo Domicilio and Present Tense. He’s one of the ten Italian photographers selected to realise a personal work in occasion of Confindustria century anniversary: he photographs some of the most important Italian industrialists in their home’s living rooms.
2012.
No Peace Without War wins the Golden Frog as Best Short Documentary at Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland.
2011-13.
Documents the demolition of the former Fair area and then the construction of buildings by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind in Milan.
2013.
Works on Sogno #5, a photo-theatre-sound project realized with bipolar patients in the former Mental Institution Leonardo Bianchi in Naples.
2014.
Realizes his second short film Casarola, a childhood memories dreamlike fairytale taking place in the Bertolucci’s family house in the mountains close to Parma: the pictures of this house constitute Ultimo Domicilio sixth chapter.
2015.
Photographs his grandmother’s house just after her death: this is the seventh and last chapter of Ultimo Domicilio. Works at the development of Luz Network. After many years of preparation starts to work with perseverance on a transvestite community in Catania, Sicily: he goes there till 2018 four times per year for long stays. The book Ultimo Domicilio is published by L’Artiere.
2016.
Continues to work in Catania. Begins to work with Eloi Gimeno on the book concept and on the editing of more than 20 years of black and white photography. Collaborates with the choreographer and director Enzo Cosimi at two new pieces, Estasi and Corpus Hominis.
2017.
Works in Catania with growing intensity and commitment. Realizes a series in memory of his dear friend and great sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.
2018.
Finishes his photographic work in Catania that will be titled And you shine instead: from now on the editing work starts. He’s included in the historical group exhibitions 100 years of Leica and Eyes Wild Open. Back to India after 17 years and there works with Michael Ackerman at a common project still in progress. He’s invited by the Museum of Gliwice for an artistic residency about Silesia. The book Ewa & Piotr – Si vis pacem, para bellum is published by Editions Noir sur Blanc.

PRACTICAL INFO

WORKSHOP DATES FEBRUARY 2-7, 2019
WHERE CATANIA, ITALY
WORKSHOP FEE € 1.159
MORE INFO see here