The Human Figure Multiplied – On the photographic language of children

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The Human Figure Multiplied – On the photographic language of children
Temporary Exhibition

Marco Gerra Exhibition Hall

Loris Malaguzzi International Centre,

Via Bligny 1/a,

42124 Reggio Emilia - Italy


Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm free entrance


italian and english


The Human Figure Multiplied – On the photographic language of children

Drawing, clay, photography, digital technologies


With this exhibition, which is privileged to present authors of very different ages, we want to raise awareness about the cognitive and creative processes that accompany the creation of even a simple drawing, a small sculpture, or a photograph, to be able to support the evolution of these processes with conscious attention and care in order to foster the construction of rich and original thinking.

The fact that the human figure was proposed to young authors as the subject of investigation is particularly interesting because representing it elicits sensitive perceptions and self-references.


The representation of the human figure develops gradually over time, in connection with the construction of the self-image, in which the child builds awareness within the dynamics of relationships with others.


The ongoing investigation starts from the desire to go deeper into a hypothesis on learning: how the experience with multiple expressive languages – drawing, clay, photography – and their interweaving can change some of the children’s processes of representation related to the human figure and stimulate creative thinking. This is based on the conviction that the thoughts and skills that are structured in the borderline areas between various languages ​​and techniques is a modality that naturally belongs to the structure of thought of children – and human beings – and that creating contexts that make these skills possible and train them will lead to an enrichment of experience and of knowledge.


The exhibition comprises photographs taken by children, youth, and teachers, with teachers acting as documenters of the representational processes. For the teachers, documenting the processes is an act of conscious and supportive responsibility for gaining knowledge about the children’s individual and group strategies. Documenting a process to arrive at the product is one of the best ways to show clearly the change that occurs in a learning experience.


* For a number of the authors, the theme of European Photography 2013: “Change. Photography and Responsibility” fits naturally within the research project conducted this year by a group of municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools on investigating the human figure in drawing, clay, and photography.



A project promoted by

Reggio Emilia Municipality and the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre.


An exhibition by

Reggio Children and the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.


In collaboration with

Officina Educativa Services and Reggio Emilia Municipality.


Protagonists and authors
children aged 9 months to 14 years,
teachers, educators, atelieristas and pedagogistas of


Arcobaleno municipal infant-toddler centre


Nilde Iotti infant-toddler centre-preschool


8 Marzo municipal preschool

Salvador Allende municipal preschool


Belvedere municipal preschool


Choreia infant-toddler centre-preschool – Pantarei Co-operative


Faber infant-toddler centre-preschool – Pantarei


Iqbal Masih municipal preschool


Martiri di Sesso municipal preschool


Madre Teresa di Calcutta state primary school

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