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14 november 2014

The exhibition On the Trail of the Glaciers at the Pigorini Museum in Rome

Alaska – Caucasus – Karakorum

Fabiano Ventura's contemporary photographs compared with historical images from five international archives.

Inauguration Saturday 13 December at 4 pm

The Macromicro Association in collaboration with the cultural association Stilelibero will inaugurate, on Saturday 13 December at 4 p.m. at the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini in Rome, a new stage of Memorandum that, in the capital, presents itself to the public with Fabiano Ventura's scientific photographic project entitled Sulle Tracce dei Ghiacciai.

Rome, National Ethnographic Prehistoric Museum Luigi Pigorini Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 14 - Rome (EUR area) 14 December 2014 - 25 February 2015

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Fabiano Ventura, photographer and mountaineer, has documented the effects of climate change in Alaska, Caucasus and Karakorum over the last hundred years. Starting with the historical shots of early explorer photographers such as Vittorio Sella, Massimo Terzano, Ardito Desio, Mor Von Dechy and Wlliam Osgood Field, Ventura took glacier after glacier of the exact same shots. The result is a comparison between historical and contemporary that leaves one astounded, both for the beauty of the images and for what they reveal: a profound change in the planet. The Festival is conceived by the Associazione Stilelibero with the collaboration of the Associazione Macromicro and with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, the Region of Piedmont, the Municipality of Biella, and thanks to the contribution of UP Mobile, Birra Menabrea and Enel Green Power.

The exhibition will be enriched by the interactive video installation by artist Paolo Scoppola, entitled In cammino nel tempo. The public, through simple gestures, will be able to interact with the images: zoom in on details or superimpose modern images on historical ones to observe the mutations of the glaciers that have occurred over time. This is an artistic didactic work created for the project On the Trails of the Glaciers.

During the exhibition period, in-depth meetings with the author are also planned, during which documentaries of the expeditions will be screened.

Saturday, 10 January 2015 at 15.00 meeting with the author followed by screening of the documentary Mission to Karakorum See the trailer

Saturday 24 January at 15.00 meeting with the author followed by a screening of the documentary Mission in Caucasus See the trailer

Saturday 7 February 2015, 3 pm

meeting with the author followed by a screening of the documentary Missione in Alaska

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Following the screenings there will be a conference with directors Massimiliano Sbrolla, Marco Preti, Tommaso Valente, researchers Claudio Smiraglia, Riccardo Scotti, project creator Fabiano Ventura, producer Roberto Dall'Angelo and journalists Luigi Bignami and Matteo Marini as moderators. This fourth edition of Memorandum - Festival of Historical Photography is a real photographic tour: it started in Biella in March, then moved to Turin, and now arrives in Rome. The exhibition presented itself in different guises according to the host city, displaying a total of 14 exhibitions and realising a series of related events. It unveiled and made accessible, in some cases for the first time, images with a strong emotional impact or with explicit documentary connotations, emphasising salient episodes of collective memory with the aim of involving the general public and not only insiders.

There are many themes, places, personalities and historical periods covered, giving the Festival a multiform and heterogeneous identity, which constitutes its true wealth. Memorandum is in fact weighed not as an event of authorial celebration but as an ambassador of the multitude of realities that distinguish the photographic and archival panorama.


  • Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti d’America
  • Associazione no profit Macromicro
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino
  • Regione Piemonte
  • Comune di Biella


  • UP Mobile
  • Birra Menabrea
  • Enel Green Power


  • Rosini Art


  • Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione, Roma
  • Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “L. Pigorini”, Roma
  • Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino
  • Archivio di Stato di Mantova, Mantova
  • Archivio Storico Capitolino, Roma
  • Società Geografica Italiana
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella
  • Fondazione Sella, Biella
  • DocBi Centro Studi Biellesi, Biella
  • Centro Studi Generazioni e Luoghi – Archivi Alberti La Marmora, Biella
  • Archivio Fabiano Ventura
  • Associazione Macromicro, Roma
  • Associazione Ardito Desio / Maria Emanuela Desio
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder
  • Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, Fairbanks;
  • Archivio di Luigi Cavagna, Voghera
  • Archivio Garghetti, Milano
  • Archivio Chierichetti, Milano;
  • Archivio Birra Menabrea, Biella
  • Festivaletteratura, Mantova
  • Fotoclub Biella


Informazioni per il pubblico

Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 14 Roma E.U.R.
T. 06 549521


Macromicro Association


Fabiano Ventura Photographer

Video installazione interattiva


Opening hours
Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. |
Sundays and public holidays 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time

Full price ticket: 6.00 €
Reduced price ticket: €3.00
Free: citizens under 18 years of age, disabled persons and other categories specified on the website or at the museum entrance.

Guided tours
T. 06 5917319 | Mob. 346 7701429

How to reach the museum:
By metro: Metro B, EUR Fermi stop
By bus: Bus lines: 30 Express, 671, 703, 714, 717, 764, 765, 780, 791.


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