15 Jan-2 Feb. MiCamera exhibits the tough reportage of Nothern Caucasus, entitled Red Thistle, by the Italian photographer Davide Monteleone.
On display are a series of shots, taken in northern Caucasus, where for years men and women are victims of wars, terrorism, continuous violations, lack of human rights, suicide bombers, bloodthirsty leaders, separatist movements, fundamentalist Islam and ethnic conflict, but still pursue a dream of peace and democracy. In his last novel Hadji Murat, Tolstoy compared the population of Chechnya, characterized by a great tenacity and desire of independence, to the red thistle, a pungent flower, rooted in the territory. Monteleone explores the extraordinary and unknown daily life of the local population and focuses on its culture after two centuries of cruel disputes and fights. Born in 1974,
Monteleone spent his first 18 years living in various cities around Italy. He gave up his study of engineering to move first to the US and later in the UK, where he discovered his passion for photography and journalism. From 2001 to 2003 he lived in Moscow, where he worked as correspondent for the photo agency Contrasto and became a regular contributor to the most important international magazine. Since 2003 Monteleone has been living between Italy and Russia, pursuing long-term personal projects. In 2007 he published his first book Dusha, Russian Soul, in 2009 La Linea Inesistente and in 2012 Red Thistle . He has been awarded with numerous prices, including the World Press Photo awards in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Besides being an editor, he also stared teaching photography recently. His works are not meant to inform, but rather to offer his personal interpretation of an idea. He particularly likes the idea that the audience will get curious about the subject of his research and start investigating themselves.
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