Cities are built on thresholds and boundary places that change over time following History and the many forms of desire that often take shape in our built-up territories. This has happened in a very powerful way since the Second World War in Italy, which has shaped the cities we inhabit today.

The exhibition brings together the photographic works of at least three generations who, starting after the Second World War, have documented and described the city of Bari and its territory through the profound transformations of those years. Together with these works of art, the story is enriched by family albums, private photographs, and documentaries; all materials capable of narrating the complex landscape represented by Bari and its territory. This is not a simple narration of a local phenomenon, but a metaphor for Southern Italy and how our national territory has changed under the pressure of an unstoppable social desire.

The narrative unfolds in four central and visual thresholds that follow one another in a chronological progression: Bari and its territory in the post-World War II period. Anthropological photography and denunciation in the works of Domenico Notarangelo and Cecilia Mangini. The economic boom and the fever of modernity in the collective imagination: family albums, documentaries. Journey to Italy: the photography of Carlo Garzia. The awakening of post-modernity: photographic works by Francesco Colella, Ilaria Ferrara, Teresa Giannico, and Piero Percoco.


Curated by
Luca Molinari Studio
Luca Molinari
Maria Antonietta Santangelo
con Michela Frontino

Exhibition project
Vincenzo Paolo Bagnato, bdfarchitetti
Domenico Pastore, (dp)ª STUDIO

Graphic design project
Giuseppe Romagno

Of(f) the archive


Photographs by
Archivio AAMOD
Archivio Oggetti Smarriti
Archivio Notarangelo
Archivio fotografico Album di famiglia
Francesco Colella
Ilaria Ferrara
Carlo Garzia
Teresa Giannico
Piero Percoco