A journey … Past Euphoria Post Europa

December 20, 5:30 pm
International Center of Photography (Palermo)
Book presentation
“Past Euphoria Post Europa” by Fabio Sgroi
Speakers:
Letizia Battaglia, Photojournalist and Artistic Director of the International Center of Photography
Aurelio Angelini, Professor of Sociology of the Environment at the Department of Architecture, University of Palermo
Stefano Bianchi, Editor and Founder of the Crowdbooks platform
Davide Camarrone, Writer and Rai Journalist
At the end of the event, there will be a wine tasting offered by our technical sponsor Tasca D’Almerita.

PAST-EUPHORIA / POST-EUROPE
A journey through time through Eastern Europe
by Fabio Sgroi
CROWDBOOKS editions
NOVEMBER 2017
In collaboration with the International Photography Center of Palermo and the Goethe-Institut (Palermo), CROWDBOOKS is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the volume “Past Euphoria Post Europa” by photographer Fabio Sgroi: a long-term project, which collects 74 within the European political and economic scenario. A journey that involves 14 countries; a visual path that encompasses everyday life, in a society that has undergone a major change due to the violent effects of geopolitical dynamics, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the enlargement of the European Union.
As a scenario, symbolic places: squares, statues, concentration camps, streets, walls and police stations, which frame the faces, the looks and gestures of those who live the present in those places, marked at the same time by the memory of the past and of modernity, capable of showing euphoria and falling into melancholy. The book intends to represent the climate and the general tension that is experienced in the East, both in the countries that are already part of the European Community, and in the neighboring ones, which live a state of waiting.
The volume, with a preface by Giovanna Calvenzi, was published thanks to a crowdfunding campaign (November 2017); financed and published by the Crowdbooks platform.
After the presentation there will be a book signing with the photographer. Copies of the book can be purchased at a special price during the event.

Past-Euphoria/Post-Europa is a long-term project by the Sicilian photographer Fabio Sgroi, over a period of over twenty years. The book, published thanks to the crowdfunding campaign of the Crowdbooks platform, contains the identity tension of some Eastern countries, in the transition from a regime to democracy, within a broader political and economic scenario, which sees them travel the road to the inclusion in the European Union.
A journey through 74 shots that describe everyday life, in a society that has undergone a major change due to the violent effects of geopolitical dynamics, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the enlargement of the European Union.
As a scenario, symbolic places: squares, statues, concentration camps, streets, walls and police stations, which frame the faces, the looks and gestures of those who live the present in those places, marked at the same time by the memory of the past and the modernity, capable of showing euphoria and falling into melancholy. “Past-Euphoria Post-Europe” intends to represent the atmosphere and general tension that is experienced in the East, both in the countries that are already part of the European Community, and in the neighboring ones, which live in a state of waiting; like Serbia, which has had a membership negotiation in progress since 2014, Albania and Macedonia, which have obtained the status of a candidate country.
With the Preface by the curator Giovanna Calvenzi, the book is one of the most contemporary and most prestigious publications by the Crowdbooks platform. The photographs become stages of a journey through history, which portray the drive for change, the uncertain and disenchanted looks that correspond to a status that we still live today. The photographer’s gaze is attentive, aware and mature; in his personal vision, Fabio Sgroi manages to translate a collective disillusionment and a sense of loneliness.

“You can not ask photography to directly describe feelings and emotions, but only to portray the faces of people in the grip of a feeling or an emotion or to suggest moods through visual metaphors. Fabio Sgroi knows the language of journalism but also that of metaphor.”
Giovanna Calvenzi

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www.crowdbooks.com

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