Stati di Tensione | Percorsi nelle collezioni


Curated by Carlo Sala


The exhibition season of the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea is getting underway again, at its historic home of Villa Ghirlanda in Cinisello Balsamo, with an event entitled STATES OF TENSION | Explorations of the Collections. The curator Carlo Sala has been invited to “reinterpret” the museum’s various photographic collections, putting together a show made up of more than eighty works by Italian and foreign photographers and two site-specific interventions by young contemporary artists.

The decision to rely on a young curator and to host, on the occasion of the exhibition, the works of young artists represents a continuation of a policy the museum embarked on last year and that from 2018 will become a constant in its programming. Turning to the young through meetings, exhibitions and acquisitions makes it possible to resume a dialogue with photographers and other operators, to whom the museum offers itself as a place open to discussion and experimentation.

The title of the exhibition alludes metaphorically to the tension-traction to which society today is subjected in the face of momentous challenges and transformations: from climate change to flows of migration and the rise of new nationalisms.

Thus the exhibition project at the MUFOCO aims to propose unprecedented dialogues between images, both by drawing attention to the historical motivations for their production and by raising, through their collation, questions not originally considered by their creators and which can serve as an ideal centre for reflection on the present and on the past, as well as on the political and social function of the image.

The exhibition is divided into two chapters, in each of which the discourse commenced and developed through the works present in the collections is concluded by an installation created by up-and-coming contemporary artists, providing a sort of retrograde key to the interpretation of the chapter and at the same time an unexpected amplification of its themes.



Carlo Sala (Treviso, 1984) is an art critic, curator and lecturer in the master’s degree course in Photography at the IUAV University in Venice. He is a member of the board of curators of the not-for-profit Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, where he is responsible for curation of the Francesco Fabbri Award for the Contemporary Arts and the F4 / un’idea di Fotografia festival. In 2010 he and Nico Stringa curated the Venetian Pavilion at the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture, entitled People Meet in Architecture. His essays and critical writings have appeared in various publications brought out by, among others, Allemandi, Marsilio, Mimesis, Bruno Mondadori and Skira.

Authors: Marina Ballo Charmet, Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Letizia Battaglia, Lisetta Carmi, Vincenzo Castella, Giambattista Chiodi, Paolo Ciregia, Mario Cresci, Paola Di Bello, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Joan Fontcuberta, Leonard Freed, Jochen Gerz, Luigi Ghirri, Mario Giacomelli, Paolo Gioli, Paul Graham, Roni Horn, Francesco Jodice, Uliano Lucas, Giovanna Nuvoletti, Livia Sismondi, Michi Suzuki, The Cool Couple, Arthur Tress, Paolo Zappaterra, Klaus Zaugg.


STATES OF TENSION | Explorations of the Collections
Curated by Carlo Sala

18 February – 15 April 2018

Saturday – Sunday,  10-13 and 14-19
Free admission


© Francesco Jodice, Jerusalem, R31, dalla serie What We Want, 2010
Raccolta Antologica, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea

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