Claudia Karagoz, Ph.D.
"Re-Imagining Sicily: Letizia Battagliaâ€TMs Visual Politics in Fine della storia/End of the Story"
When: Monday, May 2
Noon- 1 p.m.
Where: McGannon Hall, Rm 144
Everyone is welcome. Bring your lunches. Refreshments will be provided.
Hope to see you there.
About the talk:
This talk analyzes Letizia Battaglia's 2007 short film Fine della storia/End of the Story in the context of her photographic production since 2000. It argues that the film is not only a tribute of love to Palermo with its many past and continued troubles, but a defiant and ultimately optimistic statement about the power of art to function as "lieu de memoire" and catalyst of civic regeneration.
Battaglia is an internationally renowned - yet little-studied - Sicilian photographer, filmmaker, feminist and environmentalist. Battaglia's longstanding opposition to mafia power and culture is "re-elaborated" within the film through the incorporation of her old photographs dating to her time as a photojournalist for the daily L'Ora. The film elevates the photographs from the status of mere documentary evidence to a symbol of active resistance to political corruption. A very personal work on behalf of the filmmaker, Fine della storia identifies women, children and Sicily's famous natural beauty as the central loci of hope for Sicily's future.
Claudia Karagoz is currently assistant professor of Italian and associated faculty of women's studies at Saint Louis University. She received a Ph.D. in Italian studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender and sexuality from the University of California at Berkeley and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Duke University.
Her primary research and teaching interests are contemporary Italian literature, cinema and culture, women's studies and migration culture. Her latest research project is a study of Sicilian photographer and filmmaker Letizia Battaglia's recent work. She has published articles on Italian women writers and on Battaglia's photographs.