This autumn, the Estorick Collection presents the first museum show in the UK of work by groundbreaking photographer Lisetta Carmi (1924-2022), whose imagery is currently receiving renewed attention.
This autumn, the Estorick Collection presents the first museum show in the UK of work by groundbreaking photographer Lisetta Carmi (1924-2022), whose imagery is currently receiving renewed attention. Always motivated by a profoundly humanistic spirit, Carmi focused on marginalised sectors of society, such as the working-class and trans communities of her native Genoa.
In addition to being striking works of art in their own right, Carmi’s images are also important socio-political documents exploring significant, yet often overlooked, aspects of Italian life and culture.
Carmi is best known for sensitively chronicling the lives of those who belonged to Genoa’s trans community during the 1960s. The photographs she took resulted in a highly controversial volume of images that was published in 1972 and went on to become a cult classic. This show features around 30 of these works, also including a number of colour images recently rediscovered in the house in Puglia where Carmi retired in 1979.
Much of Carmi’s photography addressed the social problems associated with labour and experienced by the working classes. The exhibition includes photographs from her studies of the port of Genoa and the city’s Italsider steelworks, and photographs of the first women to be employed in Sardinia’s cork industry.
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