Calle Tredici Martiri
Jason Koxvold, 2019

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Calle Tredici Martiri (Alley of the Thirteen Martyrs) is a fictionalised photographic reinterpretation of Koxvold’s grandfather Aldo Varisco’s campaign of direct action against the Nazi occupation of Italy. The book is comprised of 144 pages of Koxvold’s photographs and 80 pages of Varisco’s memoirs of the resistance, and archival imagery.

The book’s title refers to the location of the Venetian headquarters of the National Republican Guard at Ca’ Giustinian, which Varisco’s team destroyed with explosives in 1944, killing 13. The following day, the German military shot 13 Italian prisoners in retribution for the attack; Varisco and his team were later captured and extensively tortured. After the war, the street alongside Ca’ Giustinian was renamed “Calle Tredici Martiri.”

This project explores the impossibility of photographic truth in the context of the contemporary nexus of capitalism, fascism and consumerism within which we locate ourselves.

In the press:
British Journal of Photography
Il Post
Der Greif
Le Litteraire
L’Oeil de la Photographie

AUTHORS: Jason Koxvold & Aldo Varisco
TITLE: Calle Tredici Martiri
ISBN: 978-0-9985180-4-6
224 Pages, 108 images
165x235x25mm, 680 grams
EDITION: 400; First edition, first printing

Jason Koxvold (b. Liege, Belgium, 1977) is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, NY with a focus on the intersection of economics and violence. He holds a BSc in Social Science from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has worked across the globe, from Arctic Russia to South Africa, China to Nigeria. You can find his work in magazines including the FT Magazine, Esquire, Newsweek Japan, Wired, Wallpaper*, The Strategy Bridge, Slate and National Geographic Traveler.