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The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, met the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Instagram, Mr. Kevin York Systrom, in the afternoon at the Quirinal Palace.
During the meeting, the opening of the Presidency of the Republic's official account on the photographic social network was announced (@Quirinale) as well as the initiative that Instagram will dedicate to the Quirinal Palace to mark the Italian Republic's seventieth birthday: "#emptyquirinale". On the 2 June, some of the most famous Instagrammers from around the world will come together to take pictures with their mobile phones in order to highlight the artistic beauty, lesser-known aspects and institutional activities of the Quirinal Palace.
A selection of these photographs will then be shown, not only on the social network, but also in an installation at the Quirinal Palace itself.
At the end of the meeting, Systrom gave President Mattarella a copy of the camera he had when he studied photography in Florence.
"I'm very happy", said Systrom at the end of the meeting, "to be able to work with the Presidency of the Republic in order to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the Italian Republic on Instagram".
Rome, 26 February 2016.