Paolo Cagnacci e Matteo Cesari

May 25 to June 18 | Wed – Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

At 1:04 a.m. on May 27, 1993, a car-bomb was detonated in the center of Florence on via dei Georgofili. 30 years after that terrible night, two Tuscan photographers, Paolo Cagnacci and Matteo Cesari, have visually documented the historical legacy, reconstructing part of the events along the lines of the various traces followed by the investigators.

Cover: © Paolo Cagnacci e Matteo Cesari. UNAEZEROQUATTRO.

The memory of that awful night survives in the families of the victims, the people who suff ered injuries, the lawyers involved in the trials, the fi refi ghters who dug the bodies out of the ruins, as do the objects found and cherished as the remnants of the event, and even the anonymous places where the crucial stages of the attack were prepared. A white Fiat Fiorino packed with 250 kilos of TNT, T4, PETN and nitroglycerine, parked at the foot of the 14th century Torre dei Pulci, would kill Fabrizio Nencioni, his wife Angela Fiume and their two daughters, Nadia, 9, and Caterina, just 50 days old. It would also kill Dario Capolicchio, a young student who lived in the building across from the tower, and would injure more than 40 people and cause terrible damage at the Uffizi Gallery. Starting in the early Nineties, the mandamento bosses implemented a change of strategic objectives, striking at cultural heritage to bend the State to its own demands. Just recently, the investigation led to the arrest of the last of the direct organizers, Matteo Messina Denaro, but there are still dark areas that the judiciary continues to investigate.

Paolo Cagnacci

© Matteo Cesari. Portrait of Paolo Cagnacci, 2023.


Professional photographer and teacher of photography, Paolo Cagnacci was born in Florence in 1971. He studies photography at the Studio Marangoni Foundation, where he currently teachers portrait photography and lighting techniques. He has also taught at the European Design Institute of Florence. His pictures have been published in magazines like: D – la Repubblica delle donne, la Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, Sette, SportWeek, L’Espresso, Pagina99, Specchio, Lei, Donna Moderna, Famiglia Cristiana, La Lettura. He has produced photographic and video projects for the Region of Tuscany, the Festival of Creativity, the People’s Festival, Balkan Observatory, the Michelucci Foundation, Tempo Reale, Unicoop Firenze, the City of Florence, Telecom Foundation, Mibact, CNA. He has worked for companies like: Diesel, Patrizia Pepe, Paula Cademartori, Peuterey, Starbucks, Stefanel, Ottodame, Dmail, Rinascimento. He has worked for the Massimo Sestini Agency. His work is distributed by the Luz Photo Agency of Milano.

Matteo Cesari

© Paolo Cagnacci. Portrait of Matteo Cesari, 2023.


Born in Florence in 1979, he graduated with a degree in Conservation of the Cultural Heritage from the University of Pisa and also earned a diploma of proficiency in photography at the Studio Marangoni Foundation of Florence. He is a professional documentary photographer and reporter. His photographs have been exhibited at Lu.C.C.A , the Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, at the Italian Embassy in Luxembourg, at the Festival of Social Photography in Piombino and Perugia and at the Photolux Festival in Lucca. He has published his works in national magazines like Internazionale, Sette, Pagina99 and D – la Repubblica delle donne. He is a member of the photographic collective Groomingphoto.



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