In June 1969, Pier Paolo Pasolini was in Cappadocia, in the area around Göreme, Uçhisar, Ürgüp and Çavuşin, to shoot the first part of the film Medea, a complex work that revisits the famous classical myth from an ideological and anthropological perspective. The role of Medea was played by Maria Callas, the most famous opera singer of all time, in her first experience as an film actress.
‘Parlami, Terra! Medea in Cappadocia con Pasolini e Maria Callas’ (Talk to me, Earth! Medea in Cappadocia with Pasolini and Maria Callas) is the title of the exhibition, which will run from 10 September to 10 November 2022 at the Göreme Open Air Museum and at the Uçhisar Castle in Cappadocia, in celebration of the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
The exhibition will feature more than one hundred original images extrapolated from film stills, old set photographs taken by Mario Tursi and photographs of the Cappadocia landscape taken by contemporary photographers. The exhibition will also include materials from the University of Tuscia’s Cappadocia Project Archive.
The exhibition is promoted by Italian Cultural Institute of Istanbul and the University of Tuscia’s Project of Research and Restoration in Cappadocia, and curated by the Director of the Cultural Institute Salvatore Schirmo, Prof. Maria Andaloro and Gaetano Alfano.
The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, the Italian Embassy in Ankara and the National Committee for the Celebrations of the Centenary of the Birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
The following also contributed to the exhibition: Nevşehir Governorate, Museum of Nevşehir, Municipality of Uçhisar, Directorate General for Cultural Heritage and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ankara, Consulate General of Italy in Istanbul, Consulate of Italy in Izmir, Honorary Vice Consulate of Italy of Nevşehir, Pier Paolo Pasolini Research Centre and Archive in Bologna, Enrico Appetito Archive in Rome and Unzero Films in Paris.