Il pspf ottiene la EFFE LABEL 2017-2018:
«Festival of interesting artistic and cultural values
with a good international profile»


PSPF 2018


The skin is the totality of a boundary surface.

It is between us and the world. And, in this sense, both as matter and as symbol, it is an expression of that “essential” separation from our environment and from one another, which is the foundation of being.

The notion of “I” begins exactly from our own skin. As the boundary tissue between the individual and the collective, our skin sends sensory messages that allow us to demarcate the internal world from the external one. We are as far as our sense of touch can reach, but we are also an “I” that touches, demarcates and, as such, learns. The construction of our own world is born out of this constant giving shapes and limits to the things that surround us, in the continuum between incorporating and distancing the otherness.

If distance represents a fundamental requirement of human existence, it is only its relativisation, or the temporary overcoming of such distance, which makes the encounter among people possible: only then do social relations begin, and the representation of identity becomes a being that’s identical to oneself, in the difference from others.

The skin is the symbol of such distance and of overcoming it, within the contact.

The skin’s integrity is threatened by the “external” nature and by the potential violence of others. And so it becomes the bearer of anxieties of an “internal” nature, which is the expressive vehicle of the psyche, of its emotional states as well as of its wounds. In this sense, the skin can be considered as an interactive element, which reacts to the inner world as well as to the external one.

Skin as identity

Skin as boundary

Skin as communication

Skin as relationship


We live surrounded, overwhelmed by photographic images that are meant to illustrate, to show us the works but also exhibit ourselves; to describe the world but also tell about us. We own all a camera, simple or complex. We are all authors of photographs, but perhaps the question is: how many of us are actually able to produce meaning? There is then a need to understand not only how to photograph, but above all why we take photos. Because the value of a photograph is not to be found in the picture itself rather the photograph information it contains, in the process that generated it. Because it also happens that you lose your orientation and the ability to distinguish what is good and what is not for you. An image is good if it is able to convey a message, and to enrich at the same time the life of the one looking at it.

There is a need therefore to re-create the image culture.

Two faces of PerugiaSocialPhotoFest: on one hand the social photography as a means of communication, reporting and reflection, awareness on the problems of the contemporary. Tool for telling stories often ignored but which need to be brought to light and shared, to make us reflect on the need for social change. On the other, the therapeutic photography, as a powerful means to give voice to those often forgotten by our society. Photography as a means to reactivate the perception, promote internal-external communication and to support processes of self-confidence.