This Friday, the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco will be presenting a traveling photographic exhibition titled unescoitalia. Created by Italy’s Ministry for Cultural Heritage of Foreign Affairs, it is a collection of images from Italy’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites, seen through the lenses of who is considered to be some of the most prominent and contemporary Italian photographers. Each featured work showcases the beauty and splendor of Italy, as well as the importance of the global cultural heritage.
The exhibition features works from fourteen photographers: Olivo Barbieri, Gabeiele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Giuseppina Caltagirone, Luca Camigotto, Dario Coletti, Vittore Fossati, William Guerrieri, Minmo Jodice, Giuseppe Leone, Marc Le Simple, Raffaella Mariniello, Luciano Romano and Ferdinando Scianna. Samples of what’s to come in this exhibition can be seen on the Italo Museo Americano’s website at museoitaloamericano.org, and they include rock drawings in the Italian village of Valcamonica, a black-and-white closeup of ruins of an ancient building, and a closeup of some kind of shattered glass, carrying an image of Pompeii.
In a little information about UNESCO, they carry a commitment in protecting and preserving the cultural and natural heritage worldwide. Italy currently has 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any country in the world. The exhibition unescoitalia is on view until January 24th.