ASPECTS OF THE NEW ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE PRESTIGIOUS PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL FONDAZIONE STUDIO MARANGONI IN FLORENCE
Laura Garcia Serventi
Ciro Frank Schiappa
26 april / 12 may 2013
Centre culturel de Rencontre
A b b a y e d e N e u m ü n s t e r
28, rue Münster / L-2160 Luxembourg
Giorgio Barrera’s Battlefelds 1848-1867 is a body of work dedicated to the most famous landmarks of the Risorgimento, the political and social movement that led to the unifcation of Italy in 1861. With the help of historical maps and written testimonies, Barrera was able to track the places where the main battles occurred, focussing on rural areas.
In the series The other landscape, Garcia Serventi creates alternate layers of representation and reality She combines nudes inspired by famous works of art with made-up landscapes – small details of large dioramas found in Natural History museums – to intensify as well as conceal, boundaries between true and false.
Liliana Grueff approaches the theme of infant exposure, a common practice which dates back to the XIV Century, when people could not take care of a child and left him/her in charity institutions dedicated to the welfare of abandoned offspring. With a delicate touch, Exposed tells stories of separation, either voluntary or not, between a mother and a child. The photographs focus on small personal objects that mothers used to leave with the child as a signal of recognition.
Greetings and Kisses by Marta Primavera includes frescoes from the Città di Castello’s City Gallery where Primavera inser ted her self-portraits. Her presence is light and humorous, inspired by the stereotype of Italian Summer vacations. At the same time the work addresses the topic of how a powerful art history can inspire the work of the younger generation of artists.
In New York City Serenade Ciro Frank Schiappa pays his homage to the city of New York through the history of rock music. In his own words, “the project creates a path among places that hold memory of the past, while the future is being written somewhere else”.