11 July 2018

Cortona On The Move Opening Weekend

11 July 2018 - Written by PhMuseum

The Italian festival is set to open its 8th edition tomorrow with a great panel of guests, including 15 all female exhibitions and PHmuseum awarded photographers Poulomi Basu, Bieke Depoorter and Sanne De Wilde.

© Poulomi Basu from Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile

Tomorrow at 5pm the opening at Palazzo Casali will give life to the new edition of Cortona On The Move, a forward looking festival that is constantly evolving under the wise and contemporary vision of its Artistic Director, Arianna Rinaldo. While Arles' inaugural week has renewed the issue of gender equality and a fairer and more diverse representation of photographers, the Italian festival will present 15 exhibitions by female photographers, including Poulomi Basu (PHM 2018 Grant winner), Bieke Depoorter (PHM 2018 Grant Cortona OTM Prize winner), Sanne De Wilde (PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant 3rd Prize Winner), and Tanya Habjouqa currently featured in our latest online exhibition On Womanhood.

© Sanne De Wilde From The Island Of The Colorblind

The opening weekend will offer three days of Portfolio Reviews (Thursday 10:00/13:30 – 15:00/16:00, Friday 10:00/13:30 and Saturday 10:00/13:30), Book Signings, exhibition's guided tour with the artists, and a wide program of presentations, including a talk on “The role of photography in The New Yorker” with Genevieve Fussell (Senior photo editor New Yorker and PHM 2018 Grant Judge). On Saturday there will be an award night, where it will be presented the project winner of the 2018 Happiness ON THE MOVE prize (Santa Barbara by Diana Markosian) and a projection of the PHM 2018 Grant awarded projects at Palazzo Casali.

Here you can find the full program, while below you can find our highlights of the opening weekend:



18:00 | OPENING TOUR TO THE EXHIBITIONS WITH THE ARTISTS | Tour starts from Palazzo Casali

21:30 DINNER | PIAZZA DUOMO | 25€ – Free for COTM pass holders – black one excluded


From 10:00 | Booksigning with Tanya Habjouqa, Jennifer Greenburg, Sanne De Wilde, Bieke Depoorter | COTM ZONE (20’ each)


15:00 | Talk “Fallout: an exploration of the aesthetics of nuclear” with Sim Chi Yin (photographer) and Liv Astrid Sverdrup (Director of Exhibitions | Deputy Director, Nobel Peace Center)|PALAZZO FERRETTI

16:00 | Talk “Voices of Dissonance: disrupting the narratives of the non majority world” with Fiona Rogers (Global Director of Business Development, Magnum Photos International), Poulomi Basu (photographer) e Tanya Habjouqa (photographer)| PALAZZO FERRETTI

17:00 |Talk “The role of photography in The New Yorker” with Genevieve Fussell (Senior photo editor New Yorker)| PALAZZO FERRETTI

20:30 | Aperitif |FORTEZZA DEL GIRIFALCO | 15€ – Free for COTM pass holders – black one excluded | Dj-set con JOE DELIRIO


From 10:00 |Booksigning with Allison Stewart, Carlotta Cardana | COTM ZONE (20’ each)

10:30 | Talk “#instagrampier” with Pierfrancesco Celada (photographer) |PALAZZO FERRETTI

12:00 | COTM 2018 PHOTOBOOK REVIEW AND PRIZE with Lesley Martin (Aperture) | PALAZZO FERRETTI

15:30 | Talk “Extending visual storytelling across platforms” – photographers and multi-disciplinary artists Poulomi Basu, Tanya Habjouqa, Sim Chi Yin and Sanne De Wilde in conversation with Liza Faktor (Co-founder Screen) curator of Arena – Video and Beyond | TEATRO SIGNORELLI

16:30 | Talk “The Washington Post and the news: how can photography enlighten democracy?” with MaryAnne Golon (Director of photography Washington Post) | TEATRO SIGNORELLI

22:30 | PROJECTIONS AND AWARDS | “In your face”, Susan Barnett / The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards / Top 50 Critical Mass 2017, / Firecracker Grant Winners / PHM 2018 Grant Awarded Projects / LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017/ NEW VISIONS 2018 finalists / Awarding Happiness ONTHEMOVE 2018 in collaboration with Consorzio Vino Chianti / Awarding CANON GIOVANI FOTOGRAFI in collaboration with Canon

Followed by PARTY ONTHEMOVE with The Groov Duo.


© Tanya Habjouqa from Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots


PHmuseum has been a media partner of Cortona On The Move since 2015. To learn more about the festival's full program, visit You can also purchase the tickets here:

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