Photographer Luigi Spina among the finalists for the 73rd edition of the Michetti Award

CHIETI – Photographers Luigi Spina is among the finalists in the 73rd edition of the historic Michetti Award by title Figure, figure. The image of the picturesedited by Nunzio Giustozzi, promoted by the Michetti Foundation in collaboration with the Barbella Museum of Chieti and with the Order of Journalists in Abruzzo.

From classical sculptures to archeological finds, up to the relationship between art and the sacred

Luigi Spina is known for his numerous photographic studies focusing on amphitheaters, the bourgeois sense of the sacred, the connections between art and faith, the ancient cultural identities, the comparison with classical sculpture, the obsessed research into the sea, the cassettes of the dreamy archaeologist (Buchner), and other issues where cultural and social action is mediated by photography.

He has recently been the main character in personal exhibitions Sing Sing. The body of Pompeii And The fellow brothers at MANN in Naples – projects compiled in volumes published by 5 Continents Editions – è among the finalists for the 73rd edition of the historic Michetti Award by title Figure, figure. The image of the picturescurated by Nunzio Giustozzi, promoted by the Michetti Foundation in collaboration with the Barbella Museum of Chieti and with the Order of Journalists of Abruzzo.

Always recently, he has researched through the photographic media the plaster casts of Antonio Canovaat the center of the editorial project Canova, four strokes published by 5 Continents Editions and the latest exhibition Canova between innocence and sin promoted by MART in Rovereto.

An exhibition with 39 shots from the Matres project

On the occasion of the Award, Spina presents for the first time to the public, from kl July 30 to September 25, 2022, in the rooms of San Domenico Palace to Francavilla al Mare (CH)headquarters of the Michetti Foundation, a selection of 39 unpublished black and white photos taken from the project MATRAR. The soul of this country is muddedicated to his country, Campania.

That Mattresses – “Mothers” are precious tuff statues depicting female deities, now preserved in the Museo Campano di Capua. The old Capua came to light in 1845, by chance, on the Patturelli estate in the Santa Maria Capua Veteres area. Sitting, as on a throne, with infants on their laps, they were a unique discovery: unique in their nature and closely linked to the identity of the Campania region, dating from the 5th to the 2nd centuries. BC they eventually became symbols of the Terra di Lavoro, as the province of Caserta was called, and represent a hymn to life and fertility.

With this new project, Through the photographic medium, Spina examines the relationship established between the bodies sculpted in the tuft and the territory to which they belong.claiming an identity role for these sculptures that becomes the epicenter of a complex visual story.

From Spina’s photographs emerges the mothers’ relationship to Campania’s landscape and work, now reminiscent of the irregular surfaces of the tufface banks characteristic of the territory, now the crops of tobacco, hemp and maize. The mothers also symbolize an idyllic time in which man and nature lived in symbiosis, a past now obscured by the industrial logic of the last forty years, by pollution and building speculation, which has made work a utopian idea.

Matres 36A © luigispina

Wrinkled, sharp, for some monstrous, but a symbol of life and a sign of a strong cultural identity. – SSpinal cord fold – A cultural and social affiliation created through the repetition, for generations, of the same rituals to Mother Earth. Movements to mediate the fertility of the earth and women. These mothers give us the image of a people that no longer exists, of a forgotten land, but their faith is still intact. Their country is my country. Today it is destroyed and soaked in toxins. Building speculation, Camorra, unemployment and the dark, timeless evil of garbage. The Caserta area is surrounded by a toxic cloud that no longer allows us to live, work and hope. Casertano is to despise people, a culture and define a race. We are left with the faith handed down by these silent faces, with the infants in their arms, a symbol of future generations. C.shipowners in their own cultural identity. Self-awareness built for generations on the bare ground. Quel black mud in ancient Campania is our soul“.

Awarding of the prize

Along with Luigi Spina, the Italian artists competing for the 73rd edition of the Michetti Award: Giulio Catelli, Paolo Delle Monache, Roberto De Santis, Monica Ferrando, Giovanni Gasparro, Elena Giustozzi, Matteo Massagrande, Luca Pignatelli, Marzio Tamer, Sandro Trotti, Velasco Vitali, Rita Vitali Rosati.

The Michetti Prize will be awarded Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Michetti Foundation’s headquarters in the Palazzo San Domenico in Francavilla al Mare.

The chairman of the jury for this edition is the art historian Costantino D’Orazio, curator of the Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage. Members of the jury: Angelo Piero Cappello (Director of the Center for Books and Reading), Alessandro Caruso (Deputy Director of The Watcher Post), Lella Mazzoli (Director of the Urbino Journalism Training Institute), Cristina Ricciardi (Art Historian at the University) by Annunzio of Chieti- Pescara), Daniela Simoni (President of the Osvaldo Licini Study Center) and Andrea Lombardinilo (President of the Michetti Foundation).

News 2022 is the first edition of “Digital Michetti“, Which will be awarded by the digital voice of art lovers and aficionados of the Michetti Prize, who will be able to vote for the works in the preview competition at


MATRAR. The soul of this country is mud

dfrom July 30 to September 25, 2022 at the Michetti Foundation

San Domenico Palace, Francavilla al Mare (CH)

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