Omaggio a Luigi Ghirri

1984: Travel photography in Italy Homage to Luigi Ghirri

Curated by Roberta Valtorta

The exhibition pays tribute to the Luigi Ghirri on the 20th anniversary of his death, presenting a synthesis the exhibition Viaggio in Italia, which Ghirri curated in 1984 and became the manifesto of the ‘Italian landscape school’. It is a project designed to ‘re-found’ the image of the Italian landscape, and with it Italian photography, which includes works by 20 photographers: Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Giannantonio Battistella, Vincenzo Castella, Andrea Cavazzuti, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Mario Cresci, Vittore Fossati, Carlo Garzia, Guido Guidi, Luigi Ghirri, Shelley Hill, Mimmo Jodice, Gianni Leone, Claude Nori, Umberto Sartorello, Mario Tinelli, Ernesto Tuliozi, Fulvio Ventura and Cuchi White. Viaggio in Italia offered a new alphabet of the Italian landscape, investigated through an intellectual but also emotional approach, without stereotypes or hierarchies. The photographs are simple but often enigmatic to the point of creating a sense of disorientation, and are an invitation to the presence of the landscape in our everyday lives. The exhibition presents a selection of about 90 exemplary works, divided into ten chapters conceived by Ghirri himself. The Viaggio in Italia Fund, part of the collections of the Museum, includes more than 200 of the 300 photographs of the original show, dating from 1972 to 1983, to which the Museum dedicated a larger exhibition, a publication and a documentary in 2004.

Triennale di Milano, 11 July – 26 August 2012

Olivo Barbieri (Carpi-Modena, 1954) studied at DAMS in Bologna and has been taking photographs since the early ‘70s. He focuses on the urban landscape and architecture, often shooting at night. For many years he has been known on the international scene for his photographs and videos of the world’s great cities shot from a helicopter.

Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013), an architect by training, is one of the greatest contemporary Italian photographers and one of the best known internationally. Since the mid-‘70s he has devoted his tireless and methodical research to the city as a complex organism and to the transformations of the post-industrial landscape.

Giannantonio Battistella (Treviso, 1957) is an architect, university lecturer and photographer. Since the late ‘70s he has devoted himself to the investigation of urbanized territories, producing numerous studies and participating in major landscape photography projects commissioned by public institutions.

Vincenzo Castella (Naples, 1952) after studying anthropology, he became a photographer in the mid-‘70s. He studies industrial facilities, the metropolis, the landscape in transformation, the contaminations taking place in cities and new urban narratives.

Andrea Cavazzuti (Milan, 1959), graduated in Chinese Language and Literature at Ca ‘Foscari, has been living in China since the late ‘80s. A photographer until the early ‘90s, he then moved on to digital video. He has made documentaries, television specials and video installations for the theater.

Giovanni Chiaramonte (Varese, 1948) is one of the most important exponents of the Italian landscape school. In addition to being a photographer, he is a teacher, photography scholar, curator and publisher, activities through which he has greatly enlivened Italian photographic culture.

Mario Cresci (Chiavari, 1942) is a photographer, graphic designer and teacher. One of the most innovative figures in Italian photography, he works in drawing, photography, video and installation, applying the culture of design to every type of visual language to construct new didactic experiences.

Vittore Fossati (Alessandria, 1954) is one of the most important Italian landscape photographers. Engaged in the investigation of the territory through numerous collective projects, he examines the complexity and mystery of the signs that inhabit both the natural and man-made environment.

Carlo Garzia (Bari, 1944), teacher and connoisseur of French literature, has been practicing photography since the early ‘70s, with particular interest in the landscape of Southern Italy. He was one of the founders of the Spazio Immagini gallery in Bari, an influential venue in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Luigi Ghirri (Scandiano-Reggio Emilia, 1943 – Roncocesi-Reggio Emilia, 1992) was a master of contemporary photography of international repute. He devoted his research to the complexity and poetry of the contemporary landscape, conceived and guided collective projects, and maintained a constant dialogue with writers, architects and artists.

Guido Guidi (Cesena, 1941), who worked for years at the IAUV – Architecture Institute of Venice – is respected internationally as a master landscape photographer. Researcher, professor and subtle investigator of pictorial space, he has been active since the late ‘60s.

Shelley Hill (Long Beach, USA, 1951), after studying at Oxford and taking a degree in linguistics at UCLA in California, traveled between the US and Africa, then settled in Italy to practice photography. Upon returning to the States, her interests shifted to painting and graphic design.

Mimmo Jodice (Naples, 1934), for years a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and reference point for the culture of the South, is a master of Italian photography recognized worldwide. He studies landscape, historic and contemporary architecture and the myths of classical antiquity and the Mediterranean.

Gianni Leone (Bari, 1939), for many years professor of political history at the University of Bari, uses photography to explore local memories and symbols in transformation, especially in southern Italy. He is one of the founders of the Spazio Immagine gallery, a cultural reference point for the South in the ’70s and ’80s.

Claude Nori (Toulouse, France, 1949) is a photographer, publisher, writer and cultural organizer. He founded the publishing house Contrejour and directed the magazine Les Cahiers de la photographie. As a photographer he has always remained faithful to narrative reportage.

Umberto Sartorello (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1951) has been a photographer since the early ’70s, devoting himself to the cultural landscape and portraits of people and animals. His emphasis on behavior derives from his experience as a psychotherapist and psychologist.

Mario Tinelli (Pavia, 1962) began photographing in the late ’70s. He alternates professional photography with his own research on contemporary anthropic spaces and the concept of man’s ‘absence-presence’, done in a highly personal, non-documentary black & white technique.

Ernesto Tuliozi (Valeggio-Verona, 1954) began photographing in the second half of the ’70s, taking an interest in the cultural landscape and especially the suburbs and peripheral areas. He has also always worked as a graphic designer, art director and magazine editor.

Fulvio Ventura (Turin, 1941), after studying philosophy he began to photograph in the ’70s, cultivating a special attention to the man-made and natural landscape, with multiple surveys of gardens, forests, bodies of water and the ‘writings’ of nature.

Cuchi White (Cleveland, USA, 1930 – Paris, 2013) lived and worked in the USA, Italy and France. Member of the New York Photo League, after starting out as a social photographer, he then dedicated himself to developing a photography based on the trompe-l’oeil, studying historic buildings façades, gardens and the interiors of ancient villas and museums.



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