Lisetta Carmi. Playing loud


Gallerie d'Italia - Torino


From 22 September 2022 to 12 February 2023

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30

Wednesday from 9:30 to 22:30

Monday: closed

Last admission 90 minutes before closing


Full price €10, reduced price €8, special reduction €5 for Intesa Sanpaolo Group customers and under-26s; free admission for pass holders, schools, under-18s and Intesa Sanpaolo Group employees


From 22 September 2022 to 12 February 2023 Gallerie d'Italia in Turin will be hosting a major monographic exhibition on Lisetta Carmi, one of the most talented Italian photographers, who recently passed away at the age of 98. The exhibition “Lisetta Carmi. Playing loud” is curated by Giovanni Battista Martini, curator of the photographer’s archive, with a valuable video contribution created for the occasion by Alice Rohrwacher.

With the project “Great Italian Photography” commissioned to Roberto Koch, publisher, curator, photographer and organiser of cultural events on photography, Gallerie d’Italia Turin shines the spotlight on the masters of Italian photography with a series of dedicated exhibitions: “Lisetta Carmi. Playing loud” is the first of these events designed to celebrate the great Italian photography of the 20th century. The title of the exhibition on Lisetta Carmi is inspired by her training as a pianist but also by her courage to change direction, to go down new paths, to obstinately fulfil her desire to give voice to the less fortunate.

Metropolitain, Paris, 1965 © Lisetta Carmi - Martini & Ronchetti

The exhibition will put on display over 150 photos taken in the 1960s and 70s, including some of her most striking works: from the extraordinary reportage “I travestiti”, a one-of-a-kind project that became a cult book in the 1970s, in an original colour version, to her documentation of the birthing process, as well as photographic works dedicated to the world of employment in Italy and abroad and the portraits of Ezra Pound.

To highlight its working approach, the exhibition is divided into eight sections. Music plays a fundamental role in two of these with modern directional sound technologies making it possible to listen to music by Luigi Nono and Luigi Dallapiccola. The photographer will also describe some of the works on display herself through a series of short videos.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a public program that examines, expands and develops the themes covered in the temporary exhibition. The #INSIDE meetings on Wednesdays at 18:30, free to the general public, will see experts and professionals take part in a series of events to share their reflections and thoughts during the museum’s evening openings.

Photo Lisetta Carmi exhibition

Ph. Andrea Guermani

Photo Lisetta Carmi exhibition

Ph. Andrea Guermani

Photo Lisetta Carmi exhibition

Ph. Andrea Guermani

photo Lisetta Carmi exhibition

Ph. Andrea Guermani

Ph. Andrea Guermani

“Lisetta Carmi. Playing loud”: interview with Michele Coppola, Executive Director of Art, Culture and Historical Heritage Intesa Sanpaolo and Director of Gallerie d'Italia

 “Lisetta Carmi. Playing loud”: interview with Roberto Koch, curator of the project “La Grande Fotografia Italiana” 

“Lisetta Carmi. Playing loud”: interview with Giovanni Battista Martini, curator of the exhibition

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