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Unrecognized Nation, Forgotten War



Unrecognized Nation, Forgotten War

Exhibition of photographs by Emanuele Amighetti logo head on sito

Head On Photo Festival

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is Sydney is pleased to renew once again in 2018 its collaboration with the Head On Photo Festival by hosting the exhibition Unrecognized Nation, Forgotten War by photographer Emanuele Amighetti. The Institute will also exhibit a work forming part of Antonio Privitera’s exhibition La nostalgia by Antonio Privitera, which will be hosted by the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney within the same Festival.

amighetti sito 2 Forgotten War: The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been a long one. The troubles started in 1988, escalating into a full-scale war when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. It left 65,000 ethnic Armenians and 40,000 ethnic Azeris displaced. Amighetti’s project focuses on the young Artsakh citizens who are forced to become soldiers. Amighetti decided to document what the conflict left behind and the influence it had, and still has, on the young military. On the front line, young soldiers take care of their enemy’s actions. The aim of the photographer is to give a sense of what these young soldiers experience, their sufferings and personal reactions.

Emanuele Amighetti is an independent documentary photographer based in Milan, Italy. Deeply attracted to our relationships with the past and the present and how human beings react to hardship, his work focuses on social issues and the aftermath of war. He was recipient of awards including PDN Photo Annual, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Head on Photo Festival Awards, Lenscratch Student Prize and Belfast Photo Festival. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and festivals in France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Australia and the UK and have been published on various international magazines.

La nostalgia: Described as a medical condition – a form of melancholy – in the early modern period, nostalgia became an important priviteratrope in Romanticism. Nostalgia is associated with a wistful yearning for the past, its personalities and events, especially “the good old days” or a “warm childhood”. The exhibition depicts candid moments of daily strolling, beach tales through bodies, details, skin, sun, sand and shapes. All the pictures were taken at San Benedetto del Tronto and Pescara, on the Adriatic Sea.

Antonio Privitera graduated in cinema and philosophy with BFA from the University of Trieste in 2009. In the same year he obtained a master’s degree in documentary and photography at IED of Venice and received his MFA. Privitera has received several international grants and awards. His work is widely exhibited in Italy and abroad and his photographs have been featured in several magazines worldwide. He currently lives and works in Rome as a freelance artist, photographer and creative director. 

Opening of the exhibition:

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, at 6.00 pm

Free entry. Limited spaces.

Booking essential: 


Date: Da Tuesday, May 08, 2018 a Sunday, May 20, 2018

Time: From 9:30 am To 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Head On Photo Festival

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney