© Lee Shulman / Anonymous Project

Curatorial Statement
curated by Paolo Woods


What happens when we turn a camera on somebody? Is photography a weapon or a spotlight? Who is entitled to shoot what? Is consent necessary? Are we still photographing windows or are we just lost in a giant hall of mirrors, endlessly looking at ourselves? Issues that are at the core of the medium, that have been debated for decades, have recently resurfaced with a new vigor, propelled by the identity warfare that has engulfed us. The reckoning our world is going through on race, gender and class is upending unwritten rules and writing new ones.

At this crucial moment, when photography is more relevant than ever and has become a universal language––produced, shared and consumed in a ravenous manner––Cortona On The Move comes to reflect on authorship, point of view and legitimacy, on how subject and object intersect, collide and finally coexist.

“Me, Myself and Eye” is the theme of the festival for this 2022 edition, where photography will engage in soul searching, never escaping controversy but always verging towards the poetic. Like daring astronauts, we will explore the medium’s outer limits and, like meticulous archaeologists, we will unearth its buried stories.

Jacob Holdt

I DO (Sì, lo voglio)

Jojakim Cortis e Adrian Sonderegger

Stacy Kranitz

Gregory Halpern

Walter Niedermayr

Martin Parr & The Anonymous Project

Izaak Theo Adu-Watts

Martina Bacigalupo

Jan Banning

Alexander Chekmenev

Alessandro Cinque


Carlo Rainone

Niccolò Rastrelli

Nicolas Righetti

Christian Lutz

Lucas Foglia

Cortona On The Move AlUla

Jessica Auer

Stories of Humanity

Gabriele Galimberti

Nicolò Filippo Rosso

Tomeu Coll

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