Una prospettiva italiana
An Italian perspective
But does the eye see?
Curated by Angela Madesani
Opening saturday 12 february 2011, 11.30 am
This exhibition, curated by Angela
Madesani, shows works by three
leading Italian photographers: Gabriele
Basilico, Vincenzo Castella, and Massimo
Vitali. It gives us the possibility of
rethinking an important period in Italian
photography and the theories relating
to it. The show’s aim is to spark
off a debate about new interpretations
of the work and its wider perspectives.
It is an inquiry into a hypothetical
Italian school of photography through
the works of three artists.
The works include part of a series
of photographs by Gabriele Basilico
whcih range from Bord de Mer to
shots of cities from Moscow to Milan.
On show will be images made for
the French Mission Photographiquede la DATAR, a programme Basilico
contributed to in the 1980s, the only
Italian to be invited. The works on
show perfectly capture the essence of
this great photographer, one who had
trained as an architect.
Vincenzo Castella is exhibiting some
images from Siti, a wide-ranging,
full-colour project which he began at
the end of the 1990s and is still going
ahead with today. This Neapolitan artist
does not exploit the photographer’s
privileged stance but, rather, invents
possible photographs from a relatively
democratic point of view whose unit
of measure is the building itself. There
is no narrative in his images: on the
contrary, his idea is to eliminate narrative
from an event and its surroundings and leave them saturated in their
complexity of time and space.
Massimo Vitali is attracted by large
collective spaces: beaches, discos,
and parks where people come together.
So Vitali becomes an observer of
ways of behaving which are repeated
in highly different situations. His images
capture social dynamics where
people, quite anonymously, leave their
usual codes of behaviour behind them
in order to allow their body to regain
its freedom. On show are some images
devoted to Italian beaches.