90694 - Displaying Photography in Art and in Cultural & Creative Industries

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  • Teacher Federica Muzzarelli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ART/03

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Visual Arts (cod. 9071)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 01, 2022 to Mar 10, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students acquire the fundamental historical and theoretical knowledge that puts photography at the heart of artistic practices and of the cultural and creative industry. In particular, they develop methodological tools and interpretative skills useful to recognize the styles and poetics of the photographic display. They are also able to analyse and comment on display types with critical awareness.

Course contents

During the course, the development of the photographic language will be analyzed, from its origins in XIX century until the recent experiences, with a special focus on the artistic practices and on those of the cultural and creative industries. Special attention will be paid to exhibitions, both in public and in private spaces, and their capability to help the photographic language in changing its meanings and identities. Following a theoretical and historical approach, students will discuss artistic poetics, creative ideas and curatorial choices, from an aesthetical point of view able to read photography also as a social, political and communicative issue.

As topics of the course, some historical exhibition venues will be analyzed as case histories of the developing of the curatorial language and the photographic display.




Attending and non attending students

Mandatory Texts:

Graham Clarke, The Photograph. A Visual and Cultural History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Alessandra Mauro (edited by), Photoshow. Landmark exhibitions that defined the history of photography (Roma: Contrasto, 2014).

PAY ATTENTION: Other drafts, papers and pictures will be available further

Suggested Readings:

Michel Frizot et al. (edited by), Identités. De Disderi au photomaton, (Paris: Centre National de la Photographie, 1985).

Federica Muzzarelli, The Photo Booth and the photographic automatism, in "Notebook 2016" (Milan: Pearson, 2016).

Mary Anne Staniszewski, The Power of Display: A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998; especially pp. 44-50, 101-110, 209-259).

Kristina Wilson, The Modern Eye: Stieglitz, MoMA, and the Art of the Exhibition, 1925–1934 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 17-53.


Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with analsys of pictures via ppt and video.


Restricted places for incoming exchange students:

Places for incoming exchange students in this teaching activity are limited and are primarily reserved to students enrolled in art related programmes at their home university. To check availability, please write to amac@unibo.it [mailto:amac@unibo.it]

Pour ce cours les places pour les étudiants d'échange entrants sont limitées et sont principalement réservées aux étudiants inscrits dans des programmes liés à l'art dans leur université d'origine. Pour vérifier la disponibilité des places, veuillez écrire à amac@unibo.it [mailto:amac@unibo.it]




Assessment methods

Attending students (Workshop):

During the course, the students will have to plan theoretical and historical concepts for displaying photographic exhibitions on topics discussed during the lectures. 

Non attending students (Oral examination):

the student will be tested during the oral exam on the mandatory bibliography.


PAY ATTENTION: In order to be considered an attending student an attendance of 75%, that is about 24 hours, is required

Teaching tools

Video and ppt

Office hours

See the website of Federica Muzzarelli