of Nadia Toppino
Face to Face exhibition
The exhibition, with the 20 anonymous portraits of free and detained people, without ever revealing who they really are, made by the Turin photographer Davide Dutto.
Who can recognize the face of a criminal? How much can a person’s physical appearance tell us about his danger?
Starting from these questions the Face To Face project, developed from an idea of the cultural association Sapori Reclusi, has developed in Turin, by work and by the hand of the photographer Davide Dutto, and has now become a real show created inside of the Lombroso Museum of Criminal Anthropology in Turin.
“Face to Face, the art against the Pregidizio”, in a game of portraits and mirrors shows the faces of 10 inmates in the Saluzzo prison, 10 inmates of the women’s section of the Vallete, and other people not held.
Faces to be observed carefully to reflect on the preconceptions related only to the look. The final purpose of the exhibition is to reflect with the prisoners about the subject of prejudice, to make the outside society aware of the fallacy of the preconceptions with which we look at people and ourselves.
It is no coincidence that the exhibition Face To Face is hosted at the Lombroso Museum: it was Cesare Lombroso, between the second half of the 1800s and the early 1900s, who collected photographs to demonstrate the connection between the physical characteristics of individuals and the their predisposition to crime.
A correlation that has never been scientifically proven, which is taken up in the exhibition held inside the Museum.
The exhibition of portraits made by Dutto is the final outcome of the homonymous project “Face To Face”, born in 2015, which in almost five years of life has seen the participation of different people and collaboration with prison institutions such as that of Cuneo, Turin and Saluzzo.
And in this issue, in the pages on Saluzzo, we talk about Castilla, the exhibition of Carceraria art and the book Evasioni, also with photos by Davide Dutto.
The Face To Face project entrusts its message of prejudice to images: by observing the portraits, no one will know who is who and will be called to make an effort to reflect on their own way of looking at the world.
A slightly different way of intending a visit to the Museum … for once Turin can be seen from this point of view, or at least also from this point of view!
And once you’re in the area, here’s where you can eat:
‘l Birichin (Via Vincenzo Monti 16 / A) – For over 25 years the creative laboratory of Nicola Batavia, chef and patron who, together with his restaurant, has become part of the history of the city of Turin and Piedmontese cuisine.
La Fucina (Via Madama Cristina 86) – A familiar yet sophisticated atmosphere, where you can enjoy dishes born of a creative combination of high quality ingredients.
Al Gufo Bianco (C.so Dante 129 / C) – It proposes a traditional cuisine with particular attention to local products, in the name of authenticity and with a touch of creativity.