Valerio Bispuri
The Forgotten

Book signing

Perpignan, Librairies Cajelice et Ombres Blanches
7 Settembre 2023 ore 18:00

The event

On Wednesday 6 September, at 6.00pm, in the context of Visa pur l'image. International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, Valerio Bispuri, author of Dimenticati. The Forgotten will meet festival participants and will be available for book signing.

The volume represents a journey in one hundred and twenty images between Africa and Italy to discover the life put to the test by psychiatric pathology. A powerful and delicate photographic investigation that brings together people who live in an often indecipherable world.

Mercoledì 6 settembre, alle 18.00, nell'ambito del Visa pur l'image. International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, Valerio Bispuri, autore del volume Dimenticati. The Forgotten incontrerà i partecipanti e sarà disponibile per il firmacopie del libro.

Il volume rappresenta un viaggio in centoventi scatti tra Africa e Italia alla scoperta della vita messa alla prova della patologia mentale. Un’indagine fotografica potente e delicata che avvicina persone che abitano un mondo spesso indecifrabile e dalle mille forme diverse.

The book

The forgotten are all those the society has rejected, turning its back and eyes. This photo book is both an adventure and a discovery. Each shot shows people dealing with madness: whether they are in Italy or Africa, the observer’s daze will always be the same. Valerio Bispuri seems endowed with a power, that of capturing the moment when pain becomes somewhat plastic, heartbreakingly visible. This ability is combined with stubbornness. Indeed, the process takes time, self-denial, and years of hard work, during which Bispuri delved into the subject of mental illness to create stunning portraits. Today, spending so many years to carry out an artistic and at once socially aware project sounds like revolutionary. A word of advice to anyone who will leaf through the pages of this book: no hurry. Let every single picture invite you to an intimate human journey, focus on the smallest details and, above all, let yourself be pierced by the (often unreceptive) eyes of this exhausted, helpless people, sunk into depths of mental illness. You and your perspective will change, forever.

Make the invisible visible
Grégoire Ahongbonon

Marco Bertoli

Daniele Mencarelli

The forgotten
Valerio Bispuri