Sara Vighi (Reggio Emilia, Italy-EU, May 19, 1969) and her work ‘Handbook of a Town’ was selected by a committee from an open call to be presented as a Copenhagen Photo Festival: Photo City-Solo exhibitions in 2018. Sara Vighi studied Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna and in 2017 achieved the Master of Fine Arts and Photography from Fondazione Fotografia Modena.
‘Handbook of a Town’ embarks on a scientific study of the city of ‘Reggio Emilia, the hometown of her family. The city playing an important part of her history while also carrying great symbolic national value as the place where the Italian flag – ll Tricolore’ was invented in 1797. She comments on the clash between the large brushstrokes of history with the finer details of her personal narrative through a guide book in understanding the city consisting of observation, collection and investigation, creating a personal and universal look at history.
Vighi defines her visual research as ‘Geoiconographies’, making these means to describe originally a real circumscribed place, but also an imaginary or metaphorical one. She explores themes of geography and archaeology, referring to a particular kind of geography, which is always deeply mediated by subjectivity and human relationships, ‘soul geography’.