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exhibition ten photographers investigate the rural landscape through images and video In early December 2012 Steve Bisson, curator and founder… Read More
exhibition ten photographers investigate the rural landscape through images and video In early December 2012 Steve Bisson, curator and founder of Urbanautica, an online journal of photography and Benetton Foundation brought together Italian photographers Luca Capuano, Laura De Marco, Giuseppe De Mattia, Cristian Guizzo, Milo Montelli, Corrado Piccoli, David Wilson , Mitch Karunaratne (British)David Pollock (Canadian), Kirsten Trippaers (Belgian) and the Spanish researcher Ruben Alonso in a workshop at Casa Luisa and Gaetano Cozzi of Zero Branco (Treviso) to investigate the neighboring agricultural landscape. This intensive one week’s work has its first public exposure through images and videos in the exhibition Zero Fotografia, designed by architect Massimiliano Foytik. It will be on exhibit at ‘spazi Bomben’ of Treviso from Sunday 1 December 2013 through Sunday, January 12, 2014. Public Opening Saturday, November 30 at 18:00. The title almost provocatively invites the visitor to question the contribution that photography can give to the reading of the landscape and, more generally, to what surrounds us. Each author has developed a theme through a process of personal investigation: the relationship between the types of housing and the environment in which they are placed, memories and traces, the impact of the infrastructure of the highway “Passante”, trees and vegetation, the industrial area, livestock and agricultural crops, fields, water and infrastructure, and finally the roads. These were the threads of research of the ten photographers. Each were called upon to make a contribution as a reflection on the modifications of the landscape between past, present and future with their own style and sensitivity. «In this sense the workshop» explains Steve Bisson «has developed well beyond the initial expectations, encouraging participants to express their personality and not merely observe at the descriptive level. We are aware that much of what comes to us from the past is not entirely lost, and for this reason it must be witnessed. However let’s not forget the present, who we are, and where we are going, the future. It is essential, therefore, to keep alive our design skills. Each photographer brings his own reading of the assigned theme, an authorial interpretation.» The images in the exhibition will be supplemented by interviews with the photographers, made during the workshop by the curator Steve Bisson together with the researcher Ruben Alonso and post produced with the support of Elisabetta Tasca. The work was carried out in three distinct phases: beginning, middle and end of the workshop. This material in progress is therefore valuable to observe how the perception of the countryside of Zero Branco has evolved within the participants and consequently the footprint of their photographic project. «Casa Luisa and Gaetano Cozzi, surrounded by eight acres of agricultural land» explains Marco Tamaro, director of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche «seemed to us, with its purpose as a laboratory of agricultural landscape, the ideal venue for such an initiative of investigation on the modifications of the land. A theme that has always been dear to the Foundation’s work and that this time we wanted to explore, thanks to the collaboration of Urbanautica, through the medium of photography. A useful medium for thinking about the progressive transformation of rural areas and to highlight some of the critical issues of the area in question.» «Firstly, why?» explains Steve Bisson talking about the project, «the answer is quite simple and lies in what we see every day from the window of the train or the car while moving from one historical centre to another. The “B side” of this landscape is that in the second half of the twentieth century it has been subjected to an unprecedented intensive treatment of overbuilding. The reasons and the results of this rapid and often chaotic transformation of the agricultural landscape were examined by scholars from different backgrounds. It is needless to recall the many contributions of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche in this regard. Nevertheless this process continues, albeit attenuated by the crisis of the construction sector, despite lectures and election debates. In the meantime, however, in the Veneto region, as in other regions of Italy, a growing circle of photographers, many of them architects, began to critically investigate this phenomenon through the means of photography. And it’s not just a reaction to the collective sense of helplessness that is experienced while observing the proliferation of “Capannite”* or the new examples of “Mouseton”. There’s more, there is the need to witness, to tell, to archive what is happening. There is the desire to communicate not only with the experts, but with the common people and to do so with new languages that are more immediate yet not trivial. Urba- nautica, an online journal of photography was founded in Treviso and became a top independent publisher of contemporary photography. Within a few years it became a megaphone of this new thinking with special regard toward local institutions.» * “Capannite” comes from “Capannone” (a big “Capanna” or cabin) the typical industrial building of the region. The word “Capannite” stands for an endemic spread of this type of settlement in the landscape. Zero Fotografia From December 1st 2013 through January 12, 2014. Tuesday - Friday from 15:00 - 20:00. Saturday andSunday from 10:00 to 20:00. Opening saturday November 30, at 18:00. Exhibition is closed December 24, 25, 26, 31 2013 and January 1st. Free entrance. Info: Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche: ++39-0422.5121, www.fbsr.it Urbanautica: info@urbanautica.com, www.urbanautica.com Read Less
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