2016 - On New Italian Photography (curated by Fantom)


via Leopardi 32, 20123 Milano

2016 – On New Italian Photography features works by Alessandro Calabrese, Federico Clavarino, Martina Corà, Bea De Giacomo, Teresa Giannico, Delfino Legnani, Allegra Martin, Vittoria Mentasti, Domingo Milella, Francesco Nazardo, Alessandro Sambini, Lele Saveri and The Cool Couple. It is an initial reconnaissance undertaken by Viasaterna on the contemporary Italian photography scene, of which it captures the great vitality through the work of 13 artists. All born post-1980, the artists in 2016 have also been chosen on the basis of their proximity to Fantom – the collective curating both this show and the Viasaterna exhibition programme ever since its inauguration – the various activities and research trajectories of which, over the years, the artists have been involved in. The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of publications from recently founded publishing houses, largely independent, both from Italy and abroad, including Dalpine, Discipula, Humboldt, NASTYNASTY©, Planar Books, Rorhof, Skinnerboox and many others. A fundamental contribution to the spread of work by Italian artists abroad, to their aggregation and the renewal of a whole system, Publishing is the 14th protagonist of this show, the driving force behind the establishment of photography thanks to its capillary and accessible nature. 2016 – On New Italian Photography does not acknowledge or promote a specific line of research. There is no school. No recurring theme. No common style. On the contrary, it is in the very lack of a macroscopic shared principle – in terms of its positive fragmentation – that it identifies the distinctive characteristic and richness of a unique and dynamic scenario. Without classifications or hierarchies, but on the contrary, juxtaposing and combining radically diverse themes, poetics and aesthetics, 2016 - On New Italian Photography features the multiplication of styles, interests and points of view that constitutes the characterising element of the new Italian photography. There is no contraction towards a single point, but rather expansion, dilation, breadth and multiplicity. This is what lies behind its great vivacity over the last few years, which has led to numerous international awards, marking a time of great expansion. The starting line is a noble and well-rooted tradition; the finishing line is a series of experiences that feed on both internal and external elements, ones both articulated and disarming. It’s a single flow which takes a different direction each time. Thus deviations. With tributaries and inflows. Without control. Creating a tight-knit network that holds together its visionary nature with mathematical discipline. /// From Wednesday 8 June to Friday 16 September 2016 Opening: Tuesday 7 June 2016, from 6 pm to 9 pm Opening Times: from Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 7 pm

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