DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES OF THE GREAT WAR
May 12, 2014 @ 6:30pm
In the Library of the Fratelli Alinari Foundation, Largo Alinari 15, Florence
Virtual exhibition presented by Fratelli Alinari. Fondazione per la Storia della Fotografia
The “WWItness: Diverse Perspectives of the Great War” exhibition has been realized to mark and honor the occasion of the first centennial of World War I. Massimiliano Pinucci and Emanuela Sesti, of the Fondazione Alinari and Elisa Gradi of the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici provided the scientific coordination in the context of the Museum and the Public II course within the Marist-LdM Masters in Museum Studies program.
The goal of the exhibition is to invite viewers to experience and understand the devastating effects of the war through the perspectives of those who lived during the four year conflict: the soldiers in the trenches, the women in the work force, and the families and civilians back home.
The exhibition is designed as a visual lecture that examines the events of World War I through a variety of different viewpoints, encouraging the audience to bear “Witness” to the often-overlooked perspectives of social groups that were directly affected by the war. From the life in the trenches to the family household, this exhibition highlights the war’s impact on individuals and communities that were forced to adapt to the ever-changing standards of living that resulted from the global conflict.
There were many reasons that led to the First World War, but the spark that inevitably lit the flame was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. Ferdinand’s death was orchestrated by the ‘Black Hand’, a secret society run by Serbian nationalists, and this set in motion the mindless chain of events that culminated in the world’s first global war. On July 28, 1914, the world entered a war that lasted four years, and to this day remains one of the deadliest wars in history. Over 100 countries participated in the war, resulting in 37 million casualties, a number exacerbated by tactical stalemates created by the rapid advancement in technological and industrial sophistication. The majority of the battles during the conflict was on the continent of Europe, however, battles had taken place on several other fronts, including the Western Front where most of the trench warfare took place between Germany and the Allies. In 1914, trench warfare was a common form and strategy for fighting. However, by the end of the war the world began to witness drastically different technical and strategic advancement, where the use of tanks, machine guns, submarines, and airplanes forced soldiers out of trenches and onto battlefields. The struggle to create weaponry for ensuing conflict had many countries devoting much of their industrial efforts towards producing military equipment and munitions.
The exhibit is divided in four sections: International Inspirations, Daily Visions, Role Changes, and Affected Blood. Each of these sections illustrate the period of 1914-1918 through the selection of 40 image, 30 images belonging directly to the photographic collection of Fratelli Alinari, and 10 from a non-copyrighted source (Wiki commons). The photographs are digitalized from the original vintage prints, negatives, or photographic albums of the Alinari Archives.
The curators of the exhibition are: Alessandra Bianco, Lisa Marie Davis, Rachael Kmack, Taylor Metzing, Kathryn Minyard, Chelisse Perry, Shontai Pohl, and Costantino Spinosa
The Scientific Committee consists of: Massimiliano Pinucci, Emanuela Sesti and Elisa Gradi
Web design: Alessandra Bianco, Lisa Marie Davis, Rachael Kmack, Taylor Metzing, Kathryn Minyard, Chelisse Perry, Shontai Pohl, Costantino Spinosa. Technical advisor: Massimiliano Pinucci, Elena Degl’Innocenti.
The exhibition will be visible online for one year on the web site: http://www.wwitnesswar.wordpress.com
Fratelli Alinari. Fondazione per la Storia della Fotografia: Firenze, Largo Alinari 15, Tel.055.2395235, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Press office: only for press it’s possible to find information and images on the web site:ww.alinari.it/mostre/WarWorld1