Italian photographer Marina Alessi measures herself with forty-four Street artists and the result is “Autori Ritratti 44+1. Fotografia e Street Art gioco a due”, an art catalogue published by Vallecchi. The result is a serried confrontation in which each artist conserves his own peculiarities making them converse in a game of references where the different languages blend into a harmonic whole. The tool of enquiry par excellence, Marina Alessi uses photography to realise a series of double portraits, a close-up and a full-figure, and then asks each artist for an intervention that, depending on the case, will be delicate, intense, or allusive. From this extraordinary mixture, an artistic project is born, tied to a travelling exhibition-event that will start at The Dong Gallery, May 14-24, 2009. The book contains a presentation by Dario Fo and a critical text by Roberto Mutti.
Born in Rome in 1960, Marina Alessi has always been devoted to photography in the fields of theatre, cinema and television, and has to her credit important collaborations with publishing firms and successful television programmes. She is author of the project “Facce da leggere”: portraits of great writers made using a Polaroid Giant Camera, one of the four existing exemplars in the world. An award winner at the National Competition for Stage Photography, she is protagonist of numerous exhibitions and events all over Italy.