Une descente dans l’abîme – étude sur Marguerite Yourcenar

(A Descent into the Abyss – Study on Marguerite Yourcenar)

by Claudia Donzelli

Started in 2000 as a theatre project, the research was presented as a photographic and literary study at the State University in Milan in 2022 on the occasion of the Milano Photofestival, where my work was signalled in 2021 at the reading of portfolios.

“From a place, which inspired the Memoirs of Hadrian, a study on Marguerite Yourcenar comes to life, on the inner perception of the self, and the encounter with the other and with human limits, in a dialogue of places, memories, and The little mermaid, on its 80th anniversary, fathoming the “abyss”. The photographs of Villa Adriana were taken during a visit organized by the Centro Internazionale Antinoo per l’Arte in 2013. They are exhibited free of charge by courtesy of the Istituto Autonomo Villa Adriana e Villa d’Este – Ministry of Culture. Heartfelt thanks to the Istituto, and to Éditions Gallimard which authorized the use of the texts”

photos by Claudia Donzelli


Virtual Photofestival – some photos without the quotes – by photoSHOWall:

Free sponsorship by Università degli Studi di Milano – Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature, Culture e Mediazioni
Department of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Mediations

In collaboration with: Commissione Scientifica della Biblioteca di Mediazione
Scientific Board of the Library of Mediation

Site of the exhibition: Polo di Mediazione Interculturale e Comunicazione
Department of Studies in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication

Piazza Indro Montanelli 11, Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) – M1 Sesto Marelli

Exhibition space: entrance towards the Library hall

Opening: 10th of October 2022 – h15
Closing: 21st of October 2022 – h13

From Monday to Friday 8-19.30 – Free entrance

Inauguration: 12th of October 2022 – h16.30: presentation by Prof. M.C. Paganoni, Prof. A. Bramati, Claudia Donzelli – refreshments


Press conference


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