Thousand People of Genoa Exchange

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Columbus April 2018

Emanuele Timothy Costa is a self-taught photographer from Genoa, Italy. He is most known for his Thousand People of Genoa project which consists of portraits of the people in his hometown. He was inspired by the faces of the residents of his city and wanted to create a platform for people to connect with each other. He believes that one can learn someone’s story by simply looking into their eyes. That seeing a familiar face creates a sense of connection, belonging and understanding, regardless of how different another may appear.

The Thousand People of Genoa exhibit was showcased in Columbus for two weeks in the spring of 2018. The portraits were on display at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cultural Arts Center, John Glenn International Airport, Greater Columbus Convention Center, and Franklin Park Conservatory.

During this time, Costa took photographs of over 1,400 Greater Columbus residents for the Thousand People of Columbus exhibit. This project was on display in Genoa, Italy in October 2019.

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