Experimental Photography Artist Collective

Collettivof is a newly established artist group working with photography. The group intends to start an annual program of activities such as exhibitions, meetings, talks, seminars and workshops.
Collettivof understands and explores photographic practice as inherently and historically experimental in its expression, and not merely in a technical sense.
As a matter of fact, photography, like any form of writing, should not be understood as an art of calligraphy, nor as an aesthetic or content sensationalism.
Rather, it should be intended like the perfect union between the what, the how and the why.

We, members of collettivof, are interested in photographic practices that make use of these elements and enhance them.
As part of this approach, we have set some points that embody the meaning of the cultural operation we intend to give life to:

  • Photography has many functions and many fields of application but we deal with photography as art.
  • Photography does not serve to reproduce reality. Rather, it re-produces it, that is, it produces it again, gives it a new consistency, reveals its essence by managing its appearance.
  • Photographic writing is not comparable to hobbies or sports, therefore competitions and trophies do not make sense.
  • Photography is a selection oriented by aesthetic, semantic and / or narrative criteria.
  • A photograph can be articulated beyond its own image, but not so much that it forgets the original frame.
  • Photographic writing is also a communication tool but it is above all an expression of poetics. Its communicative ability is an indirect consequence of the intensity and depth of an author.
  • Poetics can only be captured by a set of photographs and not by single images.
  • Photographic culture serves photographers as much as literary culture serves writers.
  • Photographic writing can prescind the technical tools with which photography takes place.
  • The knowledge of the techniques is however necessary to implement conscious choices and to not end up with purely random results.

As part of our activities, we are looking for authors and visitors who share these positions; positions that we will take into account in the organisation of all our initiatives.
We therefore hope to be able to make a contribution to the growth of photographic culture, with events based on the Municipality of Palermo but of national and international scope. As a matter of fact, we know it's necessary for photographic cultures to be situated internationally in order to grow and develop.

The artistic director


Anna Fici
Artistic director
Laura Napoli
Social manager
Carlo Baiamonte
Communication manager
Michele Di Leonardo
Events coordinator
Giancarlo Marcocchi
Fabio Savagnone
Press office
Giangiacomo Sideli
Web administrator
Salvo Valenti
Office manager


Valentina Brancaforte. Habitat-Mongolia.
Palermo, Municipal historical archive, via Maqueda 157
Inauguration on October 7, 2023 - 5:30 PM, ends on October 21, 2023.
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Wed 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sat-Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sergio Corona. Aliens in Riga.
Municipal Library L. Sciascia - Emma Alaimo Hall
Palermo, Casa Professa Square 11
Opening on September 2, 2023 - at 5:00 PM. Open for visits until September 16, 2023, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, on Sunday, September 3rd and 10th, and on Saturday, September 16th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Introduction to Lightroom
Studio Fotografico Savagnone
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 49, Palermo
Tuesday, June 6th, and Thursday, June 15th, 2023, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Social Photography and the Explosion of Identity Latencies
Studio Fotografico Savagnone
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 49, Palermo
Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
Marina Galici. Fiori di campo.
Palermo, Municipal historical archive, via Maqueda 157
Opening 11 april 2023, 17:30pm, until 22 april 2023
Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm, Wed 9:00am-17:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm
Diego Bardone. SfilaMi.
Palermo, Municipal historical archive, via Maqueda 157
Opening 4 march 2023, 17:30pm, until 18 march 2023
Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm, Wed 9:00am-17:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm
Martino Zummo. Memories of wanderings.
Palermo, Municipal historical archive, via Maqueda 157
Opening 4 february 2023, 17:30pm, until 18 february 2023
Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm, Wed 9:00am-17:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm
Collettivof Anno Zero
Transfigurative photography
Talk by Antonella Messina
Photo Lab - "View camera and still life"
Conduct by Fabio Savagnone
Event part of the VII International Photography Festival of the Mediterranean "Marenostrum"


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