From 6 to 20 May, the Italian Cultural Institute of Helsinki presents the photographic exhibition by Alessio Franconi entitled ‘Si combatteva qui!’ (They fought here!).
The photographer guides visitors across the tallest peaks in the Alps and into the frozen forests of the Carpathians where the First World War left terrible scars still visible on the battlefields.
At the inauguration, the author talks to Jesse Jääskeläinen from Eurooppalainen Suomi about how the reportage project has changed his perspective on Europe and the contemporary implications that we can learn from that page of history.
The reportage exhibition is an ode to peace and aims to raise public awareness of the role of the European Union in preventing such tragedies from being repeated.
‘Si combatteva qui!’ has been exhibited 30 times in 6 European countries and the exhibition is curated by the Finnish office of the European Parliament in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Helsinki .