Piero MartinelloItaly, 1985
05 Oct - 12 Nov 2017
Public opening on October 5, 6:30pm
Espace Images Vevey
Exhibition until November 12th 2017
Place de la Gare 3/ 1800 Vevey
Piero Martinello has travelled through Italy looking for men and women who, each in their own way and for their own reasons, have adopted radical values and ways of life. Town fools, saints and worshippers, Mafia gangs, cloistered nuns, ecstatic ravers: All embody different life trajectories outside of norms and conventions. Designed like a mosaic of family pictures, the project was the subject of a book/album articulated in five chapters: Deviation, Devotion, Eversion, Contemplation and Evasion. In this gallery of portraits, photography is presented in a purely artistic form as well as in a more vernacular one, e.g. passport photos, holy cards and mugshots. Through a disparate presentation featuring a multitude of heterogeneous frames, the photographer revives a certain imagery of Italian folklore and thus reconnects his subjects with the community.
Winner of the Photo Folio Review 2015 at the Rencontres d’Arles, this project was the subject of a book published by the artist. In 2016, Radicalia featured in the list of the top 35 photography books of the year, selected by the prestigious TIME Magazine.
Radicalia was produced thanks to the LUZ Grant awarded to Piero Martinello in November 2012.
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