MAURO D'AGATIFESTA DI SANT'AGATA
Catania, Italy • February 3-8 , 2018
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.
For details look at http://www.mediaonline.it/catania/agata_en.htm
This workshop will develop into two parallel paths: to photograph the Feast from a reportage point of view, and then following out heart and inner pulse and get closer to what we need to tell a story about the people of Catania during these days.
It will be a very personal approach, where we will have the chance to build a strong set of new images.
Mauro d’Agati will be the leader of the workshop
Mauro is world know as a photographer dedicated to social dynamics soon, using his camera lens to investigate the relationships between people, places, and events,
Essential, direct, and dramatic, his narrative captures dissonances and paradoxes, immersed in cultures and humanity that are at times submerged, at times stranded, and often on the verge of collapsing, expressing their authenticity each time.
We will spend the first days photographing the event til 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.
A dedicated assistant will help us, though a specific program such as Quark XPress or InDesign, to have a book that will also be a portfolio in the days to come.
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.
Mauro D’Agati was born in 1968 in Palermo, where he still lives and works.
He began his career as a freelance photographer in 1995, documenting several theatrical events, art shows and jazz festivals in Sicily. A degree in law, the habit of decodifying the strong contrasts of his city, and his interest in social dynamics soon encouraged him to use the camera lens to investigate the relationships between people, places, and events, from the outskirts of the major cities to the heart of neighbourhoods and realities poised between vitality and decadence. Essential, direct, and dramatic, his narrative captures dissonances and paradoxes, immersed in cultures and humanity that are at times submerged, at times stranded, and often on the verge of collapsing, expressing their authenticity each time.
This approach, which already emerged in the artist’s first project called A Spasso Felpato (1999), achieves the utmost expression in Vucciria, a strong, visceral photographic portrait of the oldest and most famous market in Palermo, which he showed at VHS Photogalerie in Stuttgart (2003), Galleria Forma in Milan (2005), Istanbul Ulis fotoFest (2007), Mois de la Photo in Paris (2008), and at the Re:Imagine Europe festival in Ypres, Belgium (2013). In 2006, at Museo di Gibellina he showed Scatti Sul Cretto, portraits of the citizens of Gibellina in Alberto Burri’s Cretto almost forty years after the 1968 earthquake. In 2009 he began publishing his books with the international publisher Steidl: Palermo Unsung (2009), a sentimental fresco dedicated to the Neomelodic singers of Southern Italy; Alamar (2010), in which he recorded the failure of a residential ‘utopia’ on the edges of Havana; Napule Shot (2010), a journey by chapters through the heart of Naples which he also showed at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (Florida); Sit Lux et Lux Fuit (2012), an analysis of the rituals of an unknown Massonic Havana. His most recent work is Marzia’s Family (2015), a contemporary family album assembled over five years in just as many volumes, in which D’Agati narrates some of the moments in the life of the young Marzia on the outskirts of Palermo, amidst stereotypes, contrasts, and anti-models.
In 2015 the city of Palermo dedicated a retrospective exhibition to the artist’s work called Palermo Panorama as part of the reopening of ZAC, the city’s largest exhibition space for contemporary art. Represented by the German agency Agentur Focus since 2002, his photographs have been published in Geo, Stern, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Das Magazin, Vision China, EL PAÍS Semanal, Le Monde, GQ, L’Espresso, D La Repubblica delle Donne, Internazionale, Die Zeit.