photo exibition 2017

Gubbio 1976. Durante la Corsa dei Ceri
Gianni Berengo Gardin
Gubbio 1976. Durante la Corsa dei Ceri
©Gianni Berengo Gardin/ Contrasto
26 May - 2 July
Exhibition opens Friday 26 May at 4.30 pm
Sale affrescate Palazzo Comunale, piazza del duomo, free admission

Opening Hours:
May 26 - 28 10 am - 20 pm
May 29 - July 2
monday - friday: 10 am - 13 pm e 15 pm - 18 pm
saturday, sunday and holidays: 10 am - 18 pm

Gianni Berengo Gardin

In festa: celebrating Italian folklore festivals

This exhibition has been created for Dialogues on Man by a master of contemporary photography as a way of expanding on the theme of culture, especially popular culture in Italy. Sixty black and white photographs taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin between 1956 and 2009, illustrate Italian society, its rites and transformations, carefully documenting not just our country’s social and cultural landscape, but also specific major and minor changes it has gone through. The display represents a small, wonderful photographic atlas of folklore festivals telling the tale of ancient customs and traditions from all Italy’s different regions, simultaneously combining an ethnographical approach with tender curiosity. A kind of “dual scrutiny” in the Ernesto De Martino style, a round trip towards “the other”. The result is a fascinating world populated with children, gipsies, women young and old dressed in their finery, dancers of all ages, where local fairs tell the story of Italy “making merry”, where everyone expresses their own culture and history through rites both old and new. The essence of these festivities is constantly and perceptively captured by this anthropologist who has chosen to be a photographer.

Curated by Giulia Cogoli

Gianni Berengo Gardin (1930) is a master of contemporary photography, mainly focusing on documentary photography, social investigations, architectural documentation and portraying the environment. His many awards include the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 1995 and the Lucie Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He has published over 250 books and held more than 360 solo exhibitions. Contrasto has published: Il libro dei libri (2014), a collection of all his books; Manicomi; Venezia e le Grandi Navi (2015); Vera fotografia (2016); and In festa (2017) for Dialogues on Man. All his pictures and archives are managed by the Milan-based Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia.

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