“Something Familiar” – SACI MFA in Photography Graduate Exhibition at Le Murate through April 23, 2016

SACI MFA in Photography 2016 Graduate Exhibition at Le Murate


Works by Ana Lía Orézzoli & Hana Sackler


Curated by Alessandra Capodacqua and Lucia Minunno

Through April 23, 2016

Last week, the 2016 graduating SACI MFA in Photography students, Ana Lía Orézzoli and Hana Sackler, opened their exhibition with a rountable discussion about their work with their instructors and curators: Alessandra Capodacqua, Romeo Di Loreto, Lucia Minunno, and Jacopo Santini at Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea Gallery (PAC) in Florence. The exhibition of photographs, artist books, video, and sound can be viewed and heard through April 22, 2016.

Something Familiar is the culmination of two years in the MFA in Photography program at SACI. The works of Hana and Ana Lía are focused on the themes of self, memory, family, identity, and perception.

Hana’s project The Edges of Us looks at the members of her family in relation to herself, exploring the complexities and emotional layers of the family dynamic.

I turn my glance outward and externalize private moments… Closeness, detachment, absence, and presence. Our identity is removed, and what remains are the gestures and the relationship between the body and the space it exists in. Everything is ambiguous as I project my perception of reality. Often a small portion of the body is visible, and isolated in darkness, while other images are close. It is a cycle of emergence and withdrawal.

Ana Lía’s project, A Kind of Longing, reimagines the emotions and feelings of her great-great-grandfather who, at around 1850, left his home in Italy to go to Peru. Although the two projects are very different, they both seek to ask questions rather than provide answers.

Giacomo was born on the 19th of June in 1837. He was Italian and grew up in Rapallo, a small town in the Ligurian Riviera. I like to think that he loved to eat fresh fish on Fridays and sit by the sea after school. He probably liked to swim too, and during the summer he would take walks with his friends along the shore. He was only 17 when he got on a transatlantic ship that would take him and Nicola, his brother, to Peru. Giacomo was my great-great-grandfather; a hundred and forty-four years separate us. There are very few facts that I know about his life, just a couple of photographs and a place that has changed so much.

The exhibition is organized by the MFA in Photography program of Studio Art Centers International in collaboration with Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea.

Le Murate PAC

Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea Gallery (PAC)
Piazza delle Murate, 
Florence- ITALY

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 2 – 8 pm
Tel: +39 055 2476873 Mail: info.pac@muse.comune.fi.it
Free admission.


Comune di Firenze, Mus.e, Le Murate, SACI



About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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