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The “Faldoni” Room
“The room of the folders” contains Maxi-Trial documents, which marked a milestone in the fight against Cosa Nostra.
The documents, given to Corleone by the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Palermo, are testimony to the work of magistrates like Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who paid with their lives for their commitment to the fight against the Mafia.
Among the folders there are the confessions of the famous “pentito” Tommaso Buscetta to Judge Falcone.
In this room you can see the significant photos of Letizia Battaglia, well-known photographer in Sicily, who had the courage to go on site to capture tragic Mafia murders: the photographer was able to capture significant details that make his shots real documents of the mode of action of the Mafia in the 70s – 80s. The different positions of the bodies allow us to reconstruct the communicative strategy of the Mafia.
Room of Pain
The room houses a permanent exhibition of Shobha, Letizia Battaglia’s daughter, who followed her mother’s footsteps, taking photos of the dismay, of the feeling of helplessness, of the despair felt by those who have lost someone because of the Mafia.
In the room there are also photos of Letizia Battaglia documenting crimes of the Mafia, captured in their dramatic rawness. The approach allows us to understand the cause-effect relationships that exist between the crimes and the consequences they produce in the lives of affected families and of the entire community.
She was born in Palermo, Sicily. Married at 16, she took up photojournalism after her divorce in 1971, while raising three daughters. She picked up a camera when she found that she could better sell her articles if they were accompanied by photographs and slowly discovered a burning passion for photography. In 1974, after a period in Milan during which she met her long-time partner Franco Zecchin, she returned to Sicily to work for the left-wing L’Ora newspaper in Palermo until it was forced to close in 1992.
“Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa’ s” Room
Dedicated to General Dalla Chiesa, the room contains photos of some of the main bosses of the Mafia, placed side by side with those of some great men of justice, who fought tenaciously organized crime. The tour begins in the waiting room, where there are photos of Shobha Battaglia depicting the glories of Sicilian high society, in stark contrast to the other images. To make more meaningful the visit there will be a local guide who, with his stories, will give voice to the photos.
Shobha was born in Palermo in 1954. She lives between India and Italy.
In 1970 she moved to Milan, in 1977 she went to live in India, where she devoted to meditation and to study oriental music. In 1980 she goes to America and in 1981 she come back in Sicily, where she started photo reporting as a photographer for the newspaper “L’Ora” in Palermo, with her mother Letizia Battaglia and a group of young photographers. Her images portray the political and social world during the years of the “Mafia war”, Women and the Mafia, one of the reportage of greater importance, is published by leading international newspapers. With journalist Petra Reski, she published the book: Rita Atria and the turncoats of the mafia, published in Germany by Hoffmann.
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