BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY – LA FOTOGRAFIA DI RICERCA IN LOMBARDIA E IN ITALIA NEGLI ANNI ’70
The exhibition promoted by the Lombardy Regional Council, curated by Elio Grazioli and organized by MIA Photo Fair, on documentary and reportage photography in the experimental field of the artistic avant-gardes, in the period from the mid-sixties to the following decade, took place at Palazzo Pirelli – Events Space in Milan from 26th February to 22nd March 2020.
The exhibition itinerary presented works by some of the protagonists of that season, from Ugo Mulas to Franco Fontana, from Gabriele Basilico to Paola Mattioli, from Nino Migliori to Mario Giacomelli, from Gianfranco Chiavacci to Franco Vaccari, from Mimmo Jodice to Ketty La Rocca, from Lamberto Pignotti to Silvio Wolf, from Mario Cresci to Luigi Ghirri.
The exhibition retraces that period which, from the mid-sixties to the following decade, saw photography move from the traditional field, that is, the documentary or reportage one, to the parallel or internal within the avant-garde movements, often called “experimental” “or” aesthetic “, of the” artists who use photography “as a language of contemporary art, developing investigations on light, perception, abstraction and supporting the research of movements such as Body Art and conceptual art.
The exhibition itinerary presents about 100 works by 23 protagonists of that season and documents how the changes in language have gone hand in hand with those of the representation of the broadest and most decisive themes of reality, such as the landscape, both natural and urban, the body and gender, identity and society.
A special thanks to all the lenders and artists involved whose contribution has proved indispensable for the realization of the exhibition, including Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea di Cinisello Balsamo, Archivio Mosconi, Archivio Mulas, Archivio Vimercati, the galleries Die Mauer, Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Clivio, Galleria del Cembalo, Galleria Elleni, Galleria Milano, Galleria Six, Galleria Il Ponte, Photo & Contemporary, Mr. Paolo Vampa, Mr. Silvio Wolf.
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