Geografia senza punti cardinali
Via Principessa Clotilde 45
Photography in the art of the ‘70s in Italy
Vincenzo Agnetti Giovanni Anselmo Marco Bagnoli Alighiero Boetti Pier Paolo Calzolari Giuseppe Chiari Giorgio Ciam Francesco Clemente Claudio Costa Mario Cresci Nicola De Maria Giuseppe Desiato Luciano Fabro Alberto Garutti Luigi Ghirri Marcello Jori JannisKounellis Ketty La Rocca Luigi Mainolfi Elio Mariani Plinio Martelli ELliseo Mattiacci Fabio Mauri Mario Merz Luigi Ontani Mimmo Paladino Michelangelo Pistoletto Emilio Prini Salvo Mario Schifano Aldo Tagliaferro Franco Vaccari Franco Vimercati Michele Zaza Gilberto Zorio
The Giorgio Persano Art Gallery presents the exhibition Geography without cardinal points – Photography in the art of the ‘70s in Italy, curated by Elena Re.
The exhibition features a vast selection of photographic works from the artists’ own archives and important private collections, and provides an overview of the production of Italian artists who used photography in the cultural season of the ‘70s.
From the mid-sixties to the late seventies, artists founded their expressive research in a context characterized by a new reflection on the idea of contemporaneousness, one that focused on the need to express ideological and existential renewal. Yet a reflection projected into a commitment to reconfigure the work, which moved away from being a product and closer to being visual thought.
Following this line of research, several artists experimented with the potential of the photographic medium, and the result was amazing. What happened was an explosion of absolutely new expression, a vast and variegated scenario creating a particular kind of geography. Artists from all over experimented with Conceptual Art, Body Art, Behaviour Art, Ripetizione Differente, Narrative Art or Arte Povera, but Italy was an exceptionally fertile country in this regard. A host of artists were involved in a research project that enabled them to reveal a personal vision of the world through the use of photography. And their works were of course charged with extraordinary associations and open to diverse interpretations. For some artists this highly intense experience was destined to end in a short space of time, but for others it acted as a trigger for further development.
Tracing the borders of this human and cultural geography, recognising in each artist’s photographic experimentation an exciting and fertile “place”, is the main purpose of this collective exhibition, which includes works by such artists as Vincenzo Agnetti, Giovanni Anselmo, Marco Bagnoli, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giuseppe Chiari, Giorgio Ciam, Francesco Clemente, Claudio Costa, Mario Cresci, Nicola De Maria, Giuseppe Desiato, Luciano Fabro, Alberto Garutti, Luigi Ghirri, Marcello Jori, Jannis Kounellis, Ketty La Rocca, Luigi Mainolfi, Elio Mariani, Plinio Martelli, Eliseo Mattiacci, Fabio Mauri, Mario Merz, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini, Luca Patella, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, Salvo, Mario Schifano, Aldo Tagliaferro, Franco Vaccari, Franco Vimercati, Michele Zaza and Gilberto Zorio.