[Featured image: ©Yvonne De Rosa courtesy of L A Noble Gallery]
Yvonne De Rosa – read our WIA Artist Q&A with De Rosa here.
Yvonne De Rosa is an Italian photographer who tells stories that have been hidden or forgotten. De Rosa’s series ‘Negativo 1930′ is showing at The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation as part of the Hey! What’s Going On? exhibition at this year’s Rencontres d’ Arles Festival as part of the 50th Anniversary Edition until 22 September 2019.
Negativo 1930 is based on the true story of Nina, a woman who falls in love with a fisherman called Peppino. When she tells Peppino she is pregnant, he strangles her and throws her body into the sea. Nina’s pregnancy discredits the family and she is not spoken of until Nina’s niece, Anna, and several villagers start having visions of a bald, naked woman.
Yvonne De Rosa visited the village and met Anna, who showed her the locations of critical events and sightings. Negativo 1930 explores this sad story to investigate themes of grief, guilt, femicide and fiction to bring this hidden story to light through the photographic negative.
If you can’t get there in person, you can visit the exhibition virtually through this link.