“The camera is a tool to dialogue with what surrounds you. Then the photographer becomes, not only an interpreter but also a researcher. I do not care the striking images of scoop, but a conceptual photography, of research and immediacy, as I dedicate myself to grab the image on the fly...”
-Giuseppe Leone, from A Journey Half a Century Long-
Sicily through the lens of Giuseppe Leone

Nailed to this earth by the circumstances of life, the trip in my experience has overcome the appearance of the shift in space and has become an immersion along the axis of my existence; a trip contaminated by my internal vision of reality, that same reality that surrounded me during the flowing of years, and particularly from the time when, at the age of 14, I had my first camera. Since then I have wandered around villages, farms, towns, among feasts, blending with the crowd and trying to discover human mimicry in the daily rhythm, constantly trying to relate the human being to the urban and landscape context of his or her experience.

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Overcoming the limits of appearance, I have undertaken a trip made up of gazes and silences, those same silences that make the perception of things miraculous and force the observer to stop and listen to the calm sonorities of this land, where every instant is made eternal. It is an amazing reality that every time I stop to observe it excites me as if it were the first time and one that morally forces me to testify to my time and my universe. Thus it is that my photos become pages of a diary, where there are “represented the amazing things hidden under the veil of habit”. A diary in which I have always tried to recount how every day I experience the contradiction, the absurdities and the lacerations of Sicily; and above all, both in feasts and in private rites, I have tried to represent a humanity and human vision in which poverty too has a dignity of its own. Living with lucid awareness I have never proposed solutions to social evils, and above all I have always tried not to fall into the representation of populist images and pietism. What I have always desired to show is the truth as a natural condition of the conscience, which is indissolubly linked to my world, in which there is never violence.
I recount things trough photographs, and it is precisely through visual metaphors that I offer my universe to anyone desiring to go beyond appearance. It is the gestures, the metaphors that build up instants and forms, that slowly reinvent moments and places, that characterize the landscape that I love to perceive especially in its anthropological aspects.
Hence a trip into another dimension of the reality, almost as if it were a daydream in which the images testify to a world, an experience that almost does not exist anymore. A trip of dream, of invention, of memory and particularly of imagination, as Gesualdo Bufalino taught me. I remember that day as if it were yesterday: when we were together in Agrigento he asked me to take him to visit Eraclea Minoa – and for the magazine “L’Espresso” he had written a splendid article on that place – curios and bewildered, I asked him how he had been able to write those splendid lines, and with his natural eloquence he answered me it is possible to travel with the imagination too, thanks to which in the closed space of a room it is possible to talk about a place though knowing it little. Like Bufalino, Vittorini too in Conversation in Sicily transports us through an oneiric journey, though he knew our land so little.
This trip offers everyone the deep memory, affords an opportunity to remember his or her own roots, the awareness of being Sicilian in a Sicily that lets itself be loved deeply and intensely. A trip that I can only define as a trip of the soul.
Giuseppe Leone

Thursday January 21, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Sunday - January 31, 2016 - 10:00am to 8:00pm

Giuseppe Leone

Giuseppe Leone
Giuseppe Leone was born and lives in Ragusa. For over fifty years he has been telling Sicily through images of people, places, feasts, landscape and architecture, almost always in black and white because “The black and white is the interpretation of nature and its transformations, the glance discharging from all tinsel image to make sense of what is the essence of what you see”.
He began illustrating a book of writer, Antonino Uccello, in 1972. Since then he has been collaborating to several books, catalogues and magazines of Italian and international writers. As a narrator he has shared the deep experience of this land with authors like him, from Sciascia to Bufalino and Consolo too.
He has been able to grasp the beauty and the contradictions of Sicily without ever falling into the stereotype: “The camera is a tool to be able to dialogue with what that surrounds you.
Then the photographer becomes, not only an interpreter but also a researcher. I do not care the striking image of scoop, but a conceptual photography, of research and immediacy, as I dedicate myself to grab the image on the fly [...]. When I come back from one beat photographic I'm happy if there are at least three unforgettable images. The images must have to be such a great evocative strength and interpretative”.
From the catalog "MAXXI Architecture. Photography " for the collection of the MAXXI Museum in Rome.

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Location and Dates

Oshman Family JCC
Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Thursday - January 21, 2016

Sunday - January 31, 2016


Directions to the OFJCC
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Going either North or South on Highway 101:
Take the San Antonio Road South
exit toward Los Altos
Right on Charleston Road
Right on Fabian Way
Enter driveway & parking garage on the right
Going either North or South on Interstate 280: Take the El Monte Avenue East exit Left on Foothill Expressway Right on San Antonio Road Left on Charleston Road Right on Fabian Way Enter driveway & parking garage on the right
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