Issue 1, Spring 2022

RC #01 – Women photographers, Wanda Wulz, Natalia Ginsburg, Iris Origo, Laura Knight, Vivian Maier

Restoration Conversations magazine is a bi-annual online publication, which ‘restores’ the creative achievements of historic women for today’s audiences. Its features draw inspiration from the mission of Calliope Arts, a not-for-profit organisation, based in Florence and London, dedicated to raising awareness of women’s stories in the arts, sciences and social history through restoration, exhibition, education and research, as well as by means of ‘conversations’ with curators and sector experts. Printed copies available for purchase.



Contemporary Italian women photographers meet their historic counterparts at Florence’s Forte Belvedere and Villa Bardini Museum, during Fotografe! Women Photographers: Alinari Archives and Contemporary Perspectives, an exhibition showcasing one of the world’s most important photographic archives.

This issue features interviews with emergent photographers Sofia Uslenghi and Federica Belli, and revolutionary women behind the camera in the early twentieth century – notably, the Wulz sisters, Futurist superstar Wanda, and her sister Marion.

One interview to share is that with Paris-based feminist art historian Sacha Llewellyn, on Laura Knight, celebrating the first in a series of shows on women in the arts at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. The cycle continued with photographer Vivian Maier’s ‘Anthology’ exhibition, also discussed herein.

The magazine ‘goes garden’ with a feature on Iris Origo’s far-reaching efforts to transform La Foce – an estate in the Tuscan hills, before focusing on other women discussed during the pilot course, ‘A Century of Women in the Arts: 1866-1966’ at the British Institute of Florence. From the Grand Tour to the unification of Italy, from the foundations of feminism, to the advent of the partisans, read up on the women who forged a century of change in Florence.

Restoration Conversations magazine and cultural broadcast is supported by Calliope Arts – a not-for-profit organisation based in Florence and London that promotes public knowledge and appreciation of art, literature and social history from a female perspective, through restorations, exhibitions, education and cultural initiatives.

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