6 May – 6 June 2010
For the celebrations of its 100th anniversary Confindustria (Italian Industry Association) presents a prestigious cultural initiative aiming to tell a story of Italy through images and explore contemporaneity with an artistic eye through 90 unpublished works by twelve major Italian photographers.
One large container homes two different but complementary exhibits fusing into a strongly suggestive whole. The “first show” – curated by Cesare Colombo – collects over three hundred photographs and a number of movies taking the visitor on a journey through one hundred years of Italian history. A journey divided into 23 thematic areas. Faces, situations, industrial sites, products, symbols, create a path that goes from the memory of a country which does no longer exist up to the representation of a country which is emerging into the future. Months of research, cataloging, and fine selection have produced an unconventional result bewildering visitors by portraying industry as a protagonist of change, most of all because of its impact on daily life, customs and society.
The photos are added numerous films from different eras: from the movie industry to those in costume. And it is this journey that introduces the “second show”, where they are exposed unpublished works by twelve of the greatest Italian photographers.
The macro issue of development is addressed by photographers “with a personal eye” focusing on particular themes and situations: from the restoration of Berengo Gardin’s antique locomotives at Campi Flegrei by Mimmo Jodice to the sea as a symbolic element of Italy by Giorgia Fiorio, to the helicopters by Gabriele Basilico. The whole is in many ways a spectacular meeting between the world of industry, evocative subjects, realism and suggestions. This part of the exhibition is curated by Giovanni Calvenzi and Ludovico Pratesi and presents works by Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Luca Campigotto, Lorenzo Castore, Giorgia Fiorio, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Simona Ghizzoni, Mario Guerra, Mimmo Jodice, Davide Monteleone, Ferdinando Scianna, Massimo Vitali.