Carlo Gianferro - Trieste: storie a parte


The exhibition is the result of the union of two separated works, and it aims to show us how the Italian city of Trieste still keeps some sort of familiarity with madness mostly due to the hard work of Franco Basaglia.

Nevertheless a traditional saying states that “every bar has its own madman”… a proverb not to be literally understood, because it does not mean a real mental illness. We just have to exceed the definition in order to spot anyone who is not conforming to the established behaviour’s rules.

Carlo Gianferro inspired by this traditional saying handled with respect and formal rigor the strange world of Trieste’s bars. Without judging the subjects, Carlo poetically tells us stories of people marked by loneliness but free to live and move into the society.

Franco Basaglia’s reform on public healthcare in the psychiatric field permitted the social and affectivity rehabilitation of people suffering of mental disorders.

The story of Charlie and Donatella is a perfect example of this process; they reached a dimensional couple’s happiness, despite their psychological disease. Since adolescence their existence was upset by emotional suffering that led them up to the mental hospital.

If in the past people like Charlie and Donatella would have ended their lives in a psychiatric hospital. Instead, they currently live independently and work in the Academy of Madness as actors.

Curated by Sandro Iovine.


Carlo Gianferro

Carlo Gianferro (b. 1970, Italy), is a freelance photographer based in Rome, he worked for from 2004 to 2008 with the Romanian and Moldavian wealthy Roma communities, as a result of this long term project he published two books “Gypsy Architecture” by German Axel Menges Editions and “Gypsy Interiors” published by Italian Postcart Edizioni. In these years he carried on personal projects in Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East. He’s now working on Italian issues exploring the mental illness subject. He’s interested in exiled workers and other fragile communities. His photographs document people’s conditions and show them in their environment where the architectural setting or backdrop is just as important as the human figure. His works obtained several international awards, among all the 1st prize portraits stories World Press Photo 2009.

Festival Internationale Fotografia Belo Horizonte 2013 selection – Belo Horizionte, Brazil
Home, my Place in the World” Photography Award 2013 – 2nd place, Accademia Apulia, UK
Athens Photo Festival 2012 “Art/Doc Intersection” selection – Athens – Greece
Fotonoviembre 2011 “Autores en Seleccion” – Tenerife – Spain
Bronze Medal at Px3 – prix de la photographie, Paris – Portrature /Family category
Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards 2011, 2nd prize – Malasya
Winephoto 2010 – Special Award given by journalist’s, Mogliano Veneto, Italy
Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards 2009, 2nd prize – Malasya
World Press Photo 2009 – 1st prize portraits stories
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Selection 2009, Lodz, Poland
Raymond Weil Talent 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
Prix Exhange Boutographie 2008, Montpellier – France
Marco Pesaresi 2008, Savignano sul Rubicone – Italy
Forano della Chiana Festival 2004, Arezzo, Italy

Gypsy Interiors
Postcart Edizioni – August 2009
ISBN: 978-888-679-521-0

Gypsy Architecture
Edition Axel Menges – April 2007
By Renata Calzi (texts), Patrizio Corno (texts), Carlo Gianferro (photography)
Photographs by Carlo Gianferro
ISBN: 3936681120 : 9783936681123

Raymond Weil SA – Geneva
Tethis Gallery – Florence

Officine International – Rome

10e edition du festival photographique les Photaumnales , 14 September-10 November 2013 – “Gypsy Interiros”, Beauvais et en region Picardie – France
Belo Horizonte International Photography Festival , July-August 2013 – “Gypsy Interiros”, Belo Horizionte – Brazil

Athens Photo Festival – October-November 2012 – “Gypsy Interiors”, Athens – Greece
Provocazioni Festival 3 – September 2012 – “Boycotters and Activists”, Acrobax, Rome – Italy
Winephoto 2011 – June 2012 – “Hezbollah Families”, Mogliano Veneto – Italy
Cassandra, Genova 2001-2011 (group. exhib.), 04 Oct/04 Nov 2012 – Milan – Italy
Kuala Lampur Photo Awards (group. exhib.) – June 2012 , Kuala Lumpur, Malasya
Oviettivi e Obiettività (Group. exhib.) – Officine Fotografiche – Rome – Italy
Fotonoviembre 2011 “Autores en Seleccion” – Tenerife -Spain
Lousiana Moma – Living (Group Exhib.) – 1 June – 2 Oct. 2011 – Humlebek – Denmark
Cassandra, Genova 2001 – Genova – 01 July/24 July 2011 – group exhibition – Genoa – Italy
Kuala Lampur Photo Awards (Group Exhib.) – 19 April-4 May 2011, Kuala Lampur, Malesia
Tethis Gallery – 14th April – 2nd May 2011, Florence, Italy
Fnac GENOA- 12th April – 23t May 2011, Genoa, Italy Fnac Turin – Le Gru – 11th January – 28th February 2011
Aperture Gallery – 26 October / 2 November 2010, New York, USA
Fnac Verona – 16th September – 13th October 2010
Fnac Neaples – 13th July – 13th September 2010
Festival of Architecture of Rome / Mandeep – 11 June, 31 July 2010 (Group exhib.) “Atopia” –
Fnac Milan – 28th May – 7th July 2010
Artefotò, 28 May-6 June 2010 (Group exhib.), Jesi, Ancona, Italy. Testimoni del nostro tempo, italians at WPP .
Winephoto, May 30-31 2010 (Group exhib.), Mogliano Veneto, Italy
10b Gallery, March-May 2010 (Group exhib.), Rome. Testimoni del nostro tempo, italians at WPP
World Press Photo 2008 world tour, May 2009 – April 2010
Si Fest – September 2009, Savignano sul Rubiconde, Italy
FotofestiWal 2009, 7-31 May 2009, Lodz, Poland
Kuala Lampur Photo Awards (Group Exhibition) – 7-23 May 2009, Kuala Lampur, Malesia
Salone del Mobile – fuorsalone – 22-27 April 2009, Studiooltre, Milan, Italy
Dia International del Pueblo Gitano – 1-4 April 2009, Sevilla, Spain
BaselWorld 2009 – 26 March-2 April 2009, Basel, Switzerland
Peperoncino Festival, September 2009, Diamante, Italy
Boutographies Festival – May 2008, Montpellier, France
Massenzio Arte – March 2008, Rome, Italy
Collezione Arti Fotografiche, – December 2007, Lucca, Italy
Fotolegendo Festival – October 2007, Rome, Italy
Festival of Rome – May 2007, Rome, Italy
Foiano fotografia Festiva – May 2004, Arezzo, Italy