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International Photography Festival

From 11 July to 29 September 2019 the ninth edition of the international photography festival Cortona On The Move will be open to the public. Like every year, dozens of exhibitions will be located between the historic city centre and the Medici Fortress of Girifalco.

Cortona On The Move has always been interested in contemporary photography, but with continuous attention to the incessant evolution of language. This year too it will be showcasing works that open the mind through exhibitions, events and meetings with the key leaders of the sector. The festival seeks to become a space for thought and a visual narrative of the world in which we live.

In this ninth edition, the artistic director focuses our attention on the relationship between people, landscape and land, through the language of contemporary photography, the works of great masters and historical archives. The transformation of places speaks of us: the environment that surrounds us reflects our thinking, our actions and our history. The works on show at Cortona On The Move 2019 document the complex and piecemeal relationship that raises questions about the present, the future and the past.

The relationship between man and environment is key at this edition of the festival. Photographer Simon Norfolk presents three projects for the first time in a thematic exhibition with a provocative title Crime Scenes, in which he narrates the influence that man has on the earth and on existence. A complementary narrative is the one portrayed by South African Gideon Mendel who with Drowning World Tomorrow explores the phenomenon of flooding. Arctic Zero by Paolo Verzone is a journey to discover the northernmost communities of the globe, at Ny-Ålesund, a research and environmental monitoring centre in the heart of the Arctic. The civil explosions that change the landscape in a controlled way are the main focus of The Explosion of Landscape: Blasting Practices, the description of the complexities of the world seen through the lens of Andrea Botto. A search for freedom is also experienced in Santa Barbara by Diana Markosian, winner of Happiness ONTHEMOVE Award 2018, where the photographer reconstructs the highlights of her family coming to the United States from Russia.

The programme of the 2019 edition is rich and intense: exhibitions are flanked by events, workshops, portfolio readings, calls and talks.