The tone of Bell’Italia project is given from those images where the flag does not appear physically, but through the three colours that make it up. The reading of the images in fact follows a well defined momentary pace, even though it is not specified. From the start one reads an extract of daily reality, apparently banal, that characterises Simonazzi’s research. A little square in a town, a family reunion, the inside of a house, the countryside of our country well suited to human needs, with its incongruity and, often, its humour, be it voluntary or involuntary (Walter Guadagnini).
Paolo Simonazzi, was born in Reggio Emilia in 1961. Amongst the range of photographs he has worked on was the one based on the “Bidone Circus”, one of those little circuses which has survived against the odds in a time when everything else has been reduced to extravaganzas and special effects. The catalogue (Zoolibri,2003) has a preface by Moni Ovadia. With “La casa degli angeli” (the house of angels) an exhibition which took place in 2006 in Reggio Emilia on the occasion of the first edition of the Fotografia Europea review and which subsequently went on show at the Rome International photographic review, he was able to approach the theme of social disadvantage with delicate respect. In 2007, he held an exhibition with the Bologna Museum of Modern Art (MAMbo), at the Villa delle Rose, under the title “Tra la Via Emilia e il West” (Between the Via Emilia and the West) (Baldini Castoldi Dalai 2007 catalogue). The exhibition was subsequently shown in Rocca di Cento in Ferrara, following that in 2008 in New York in the Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’/ New York University, and then in January 2009 in the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and more recently in Modena in 2010 and 2011 in Correggio (RE) in the prestigious Palazzo dei Principi, then in Piacenza in Farnese Palace (2012) and Rimini in 2013. From 2006 to 2010, Simonazzi has dedicated himself to “Mondo Piccolo” retracing the beloved lands of Giovannino Guareschi, places of the soul more than geographical (Umberto Allemandi 2010 catalogue) with a first showing in Fontanelle di Roccabianca in Parma and Brescello in Reggio nell’Emilia in 2010 and then at the Pallazzo Casotti in Reggio Emilia in 2011, in Brescia at the Wave Gallery in 2012, in Mestre (Venice) in 2013. In 2011 he was chosen from amongst the European Photographic institutional circuit with the “Bell’Italia” project contributed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The exhibition after its first showing in Reggio nell’Emilia went on to be exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia in 2012.