THE FASTING WOMEN - AGAINST MAFIA In the summer of 1992, following the carnage at Capaci that slew judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and his police officers, and the blast in Via D'Amelio in which judge Paolo Borsellino and his five bodyguards lost their lives, a group of women in Palermo (Sicily) felt the need to do something, to react in some way. Their highly symbolic action took the shape of a hunger strike in the main square of the city, an act which still comes across as courageous even today. Twenty-two years on, those women, some of whom were no more than girls at the time, have come together again in the work of Francesco Francaviglia. The work “The Fasting Women - against mafia" is the first photography solo exhibition hosted by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the winner of the Portfolio Italia Prize set up by FIAF as the best photographic work of 2014. The book, published in 2014 by Postcart, contains 112 pages with 31 portraits and includes essays and contributions (in Italian and English) from Pietro Grasso, Speaker of the Italian Senate; Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo; Franca Imbergamo, a magistrate with the National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor's Office; Antonio Natali, Director of the Uffizi Gallery; Letizia Battaglia, a photographer; Salvo Palazzolo, a journalist with La Repubblica; along with a number of testimonials from the women portrayed in the photographs and newspaper articles dated 1992. The format is 250x200 mm and on the hardcover, over the woman's face, are printed the names of all the mafia victims.
Francesco Francaviglia is a Sicilian photographer born in Palermo in 1982, he studied cello and cinema. A cellist through discipline and study, and a photographer thanks to a pressing instinct, in 2009 he attended the International School of Photography APAB in Florence and he continued his studies at the European Institute of Design in Milan. In 2014 with his photographic work “The Fasting Women – against the mafia” curated by Tiziana Faraoni, Francaviglia became the first living author hosted bythe Uffizi Gallery with a solo exhibition. He was invited to participate in the XIII International Festival of Photography in Rome with his work “Poets from the dark #1”, curated by Marco Delogu. In 2015 he realized portraits on nonviolent Palestinian resistance in the refugee camps in Palestine and he exhibited his new project “Mediterranean Darkness – portraits from the carnage” exclusively for the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. His work received the FIAF first prize Portfolio Italia as best photographic work of 2014 and the mention as the best photographic project about Sicily from Ragusa Photo Festival. He is currently creating portraits of judges, who have dealt with the major lawsuits against the Mafia in recent decades. Francesco Francaviglia is involved with social advertising campaigns and teaches portrait photography at the IED European Institute of Design in Florence. “Holocaust 3.0” curated by Augusto Pieroni is the result of two years of meetings, on Lampedusa island and in reception centers for refugees and asylum seekers. He currently lives in Firenze and Palermo.