Inauguration of Akintunde Akinleye photography exhibition
presentation by Angelo Bertani
with the participation of Akintunde Akinleye and Wole Soyinka
curated and set up by Gianni and Silvia Pignat

A photojournalist’s job consists in depicting reality through images. A job – an art, too – that carries out a precise social function, since it has the capability to give an important contribution to the knowledge and critical vision of the present.


This is the case with Akintunde Akinleye’s reportages. Through the photographs shown at Wole Soyinka and the rest of us exhibition, he exposes in all evidence the situation in Nigeria, acutely grasping the social aspects and highlithing the present most pressing problems.


The catalogue of the exhibition Wole Soyinka and the rest of us can be purchased at € 10,00 at the exhibition and on this site.


Akintunde Akinleye
the first Nigerian to win a major prize at the World Press Photo awards – Holland, 2007 – with the emblematic picture of a man rinsing soot from his face at the scene of an oil pipeline explosion, that took place in Lagos in December 2006. Akinleye was awarded the prize for the photographic project All Roads by the National Geographic Society. His work has been on exhibition in Washington, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Lagos, Bamako, Amsterdam, Graz and Madrid. He works for Reuters in Nigeria and lives in Lagos. Wole Soyinka and the rest of us is his first one-man exhibition organized in Italy.


Angelo Bertani
is a freelance curator and journalist. He graduated in Italian Language and Literature, specializing in history and art, at the University of Padua. From 1992 to 2005 he was the artistic director of Hic et Nunc annual contemporary art exhibition, which he himself had created. In 2008, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Harry Bertoia, the renowned designer and sculptor, native of Friuli region, he created the exhibition Tra Ferro e Aria. Harry Bertoia 1915-1978 (Between Iron and Air. Harry Bertoia 1915-1978), set up in the artist’s birth house in San Lorenzo d’Arzene. For several years he has been collaborating with Centro Iniziative Culturali Pordenone and with Associazione Culturale Colonos for the organization of some exhibitions.

Sunday 11 March, 11:00

PArCo Spazi espositivi

Pordenone - Via Gian Battista Bertossi, 9

The exhibition is open from 11 March to 6 May, at the following opening times:
Tuesday to Saturday, from 3.00 to 7.00 pm.
On Sunday from 10.00 to 1.00 pm and from 3.00 to 7.00 pm.
Closed on April 8, 9, 25 and May 1.


Free admission