October 2016


Lindsay Harris - Framing the Mediterranean: Photography and Matera, 1946-2016

  • Monday, 10 October 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Carrie Mae Weems Matera, from the series Roaming (2006), gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The southern Italian town of Matera is one of the oldest crossroads in the Mediterranean. Continually occupied since the Neolithic Age, it originated as warren of cave dwellings known as the Sassi (Italian for “stones”) carved deep into a ravine. In the 1940s, the town came to international attention as the nadir of southern Italian backwardness, following the publication of northern Italian author and artist Carlo Levi's best-selling memoir, Christ Stopped at Eboli. Today, just over a generation later, Matera has resurged as a model of Mediterranean heritage that will represent Europe as its Capital of Culture in 2019. How photography framed Matera's transformation, both in its urban development and in the popular imagination, is the subject of this talk.

Lindsay Harris is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Charge of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome.

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.