Friday, September 4, 2009

Exhibition : Global Photographer at Savignano Immagini Festival

I have, earlier, posted an article on Massimo Sordi, a photographer
and educator in Italy which has now curated a group exhibition called
"Global Photographer" inside the Savignano Immagini Festival (Si
in Italy. The group exhibition has interesting names such as Michele
Cera, Jen Davis, Andrew Phelps , Richard Renaldi, Carla Van de
Puttelaar and Shen Wein (from which i take the cover photo of this
article).The list of photographer is bigger and you can have more
information visiting the web site of the festival from which I am
going to post more as there are more beautiful shows and exhibitions
to talk about .
Here the statement of the exhibition:
Not alone in a big house
The special attention to young photography, showed by the Festival of
Photography of Savignano during its eighteen years of life, expressing
through the large panorama of exhibitions, awards, lectures, workshops
and portfolio readings, suggested the wish to set up a "young section"
within the Si Fest, as a selection of late experiences of Italian and
International photography.
Global Photography wants to be an observatory on emerging photography
and Savignano Immagini becomes its support, representing a basic
reference to its natural development and diffusion.
Since the starting with the Si Fest 2009 edition, this event focus on
the meanings of the term identity; questioning about different aspects
of the cultural or geographical sources deriving from it, we can
interpret multiplicity of codes discerning from the relationships
between people, and between people and places, through the perception
of their mutations.
"A troubled age is an age that wonders about the coherence of the
world and about the relevance of the languages in charge of expressing
such coherence. In this age more than ever, there are elements of
incomprehensible, uncertain, not interpretable nature, floating
meanings scattered all over. The identity's certainties and the
languages of "representation", which are definitely not the ones of
the doubt, as a reaction, recreate themselves. […] We must urgently
address the issues which arises in a different way: thinking, talking,
writing otherwise."
Identity and globalization appear to become essential terms to
describe the features of the contemporary and reflect, through their
vagueness and generality, the delicate fragility of circumstances and
events that increasingly characterize our existence.In this context
the never-ending system established by the global network, universally
shared, seems to offer a democratic use of informations, relying on
each one to be understood and personalized.
Looking at / Looking for approaches the theme of vision as research of
an inner path that digs into the human figure to overcome the physical
limitations of the body assuming a broader corporeity or materiality.
The body becomes a sort of vehicle, the unrenounceable way between the
world and ourselves, the material entity that gives us the measure and
the distance between the reality and the illusion of a photographic
Looking at wouldn't have any significance without looking for, so as
looking for would fall into vagueness without the real support from
looking at: in a permanent balance the apparent borders of both terms
encroach to compose in unison the metaphoric photographing act.
The different authors, in the exhibition of disconnected distances
between clear perceptible realities, shape the imaginary paths that
would be ascribed to such qualities as Lightness, Quickness,
Exactitude, Visibility, Multiplicity.
Announced as "Six proposals for the next millennium", these categories
seem to emphasize the questions arising from the pictures. They
materialize the distinct expressions of the single images to define a
common ground to belong to which communicates the primary relationship
between the artwork and ourselves, an interior sincerity otherwise
The protagonists of the pictures get to undo their identities
revealing the multiplicity of interpretable signs beyond the image of
But "who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of
experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each
life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series
of styles, and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in
every way conceivable".