On the centenary of his birth, Pier Paolo Pasolini returns to the heart of Rome in a bold new photographic series
From July 8 to September 8, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni will be hosting Reflecting Pasolini – a photographic series by German photographer Ruediger Glatz, in collaboration with Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard, that pays tribute to one of Italy’s most provocative intellectual and artistic voices of the last century, on the centenary of his birth.
The trio’s fourth such collaboration since 2012, “Reflecting Pasolini” documents, in stark black-and-white, the performance art piece conducted by Swinton and Saillard in June 2021, “Embodying Pasolini,” at the Mattatoio di Roma. The performance saw Swinton, an Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning actress, embody the imagery and characters of Pasolini’s filmography as a representation of his work as a whole.
Traces Of Pasolini In Today’s Rome
Also present in the series, sub-designated “On PPP,” are photos of Roman locales significant to Pasolini’s life, from the locations used in his famous films, to his solitary retreat atop the 13th-century castle of Chia, to the memorial constructed in Ostia, at the sight of his mysterious and brutal death.
Curated by Alessio de’Navasques, the exhibition is organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and promoted by Roma Cultura as a part of the PPP100 – Roma Racconta Pasolini program, in conjunction with the city’s Department of Cultural Activities.
“I think [Pasolini] is as relevant today as he was at the time, because of the subjects he dealt with,” Glatz said, for whom the gig was his introduction to the great artist.
“Before, to me, he was just the name of a famous Italian director, but I did not know about his body of work. So this was the entry point, and over the course of the performance I got excited about Pasolini and was starting to watch his movies and found out it was super-exciting what he did, and I got more into it.”
The exhibition’s location near the center of Rome holds particular significance, because of Pasoini’s iconic status as an indelible figure of the city and the hub of Italian life.
“I like [Pasolini] as a human being and as a free spirit and as an intellectual and the way he was open and a visionary in several aspects. This is why I think he’s such an important figure in the last century,” said Mario Delogu, a photographer and the President of the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is open from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are € 10,00 (reduced € 8,00), € 4,00 for children between 7 and 18 years old, and free for children up to 6 years old. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
TILL 4 SEPTEMBER 2022
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Tickets: Full €10, reduced €8, children (7-18) €4