PORTFOLIOS > THE ITALIAN PRESEPE - Cultural Landscapes of the Soul

The Italian Presepe showcases a collaborative project by Margot Balboni, an independent curator and photographer, and Sarah Stanbury, a medievalist and member of the Holy Cross English Department, on an important form of Italian installation art: the nativity scene, or the presepe. Over a three-year journey very much driven by the artists, collectors, historians and curators they met along the way, they discovered a seasonal art with unique regional accents and deep ties to the past and to family memory.

The exhibit includes over seventy of Balboni's photographs of nativity scenes from the 13th century to today, along with photographs of artists at work in contemporary workshops in Rome, Naples, Puglia and Basilicata - four regions where the presepe has developed distinct regional styles. Each presepe, a miniature landscape - a cabinet of memory - is a palimpsest of Italian art and culture.   

80-page catalog with photographs by Margot Balboni and essay by Sarah Stanbury. Contact: geoscapes@margotbalboni.com


Boston Globe Weekend Arts - October 30, 2014
Mark Feeney: The Italian Presepe


Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Utica, NY
October 10, 2015 - January 10,2016

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
September 3 - December 17, 2014