The Asinara exhibition will take place in the Photo Collection at the Warburg Institute from 4 - 31 May, 10.00 - 18.00 (weekdays).
Marco Delogu chose to work on the deserted island of Asinara, off the north-west coast of Sardinia, because of its bleak rocky geography and its history as a prisoner-of-war camp and high security prison during the 20th century.
“When I was a child the island was described to me as a sort of hell, and I was struck by the stories of a family friend, a lawyer who defended Brigate Rosse leader Renato Curcio and Camorra boss Rafaele Cutolo, meeting them on the island. Later, beginning in 1997, when I was working at Rebibbia penitentiary on the portraits for my ‘Captivity’ series, I met a number of prisoners who had been on Asinara, and heard stories of prison riots from their mouths. I had not been to Sardinia for many years, and for my photographic ‘return’ I chose an island I didn’t know, so full of painful memories that contrast with the enormous sense of beauty and freedom perceived there now...”
In the Warburg Photo Collection you will see a special installation of this work, selected to reflect the history and the geography of this prestigious Institute.
Marco Delogu was born in Rome in 1960. His photographs have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In the autumn of 2008 major solo retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici. A publisher and curator, in 2002 he created and is the artistic director of FOTOGRAFIA - International Festival of Rome, now in its fourteenth season. In 2003 he founded Punctum, a publishing house focused on contemporary photography. From 2012 to 2013 he was curator of photography at the contemporary museum MACRO in Rome.
In March of 2015 he was appointed Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. He has published more than twenty books, including Suspended Light, a study on the reverse polarity of the light of Rome, accompanied by essays by Éric de Chassey and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and short tales by Edoardo Albinati and Jhumpa Lahiri, and published by Punctum.