“Factory Portraits” revisits Gabriele Basilico’s work 35 years later

Giuseppe Corbetta returns to the former industrial areas of Basilico’s celebrated work to document these factories further development -or destruction- after the recent changes both in Milan’s local and global economy.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram  © Cascina Cuccagna

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram © Gabriele Basilico Studio

 

Cascina Cuccagna‘s current exhibition “Milano Sud. Ritratti di Fabbriche” is Giuseppe Corbetta’s homage to Gabriele Basilico’s famous photographic work carried out between 1978 and 1980. Gabriele Basilico visited and documented the changing industrial landscape in the southern areas of Milan; now, 35 years later, Giuseppe Corbetta goes back to these same places and replicates Basilico’s shot in an aim to reflect the changes undergone by these areas.


 

Practical information

“Milano Sud. Ritratti di fabbriche 35 anni dopo”
13 January – 29 January, 2017
Cascina Cuccagna
Via Cuccagna, 2/4, Milano
Italy

 


Cascina Cuccagna itself is an example of repurposed architecture. Finally open in 2012, the Cascina Cuccagna is one of the former farmhouses located not far from the center of Milan, which was restored to its original state by a popular citizens initiative to host a cultural and mixed uses center.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Tortona, Compagnia Generale di Elettriciltà GCE  © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Gabriele Basilico. Via Tortona, Compagnia Generale di Elettriciltà GCE © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Giuseppe Corbetta.  via Tortona, Compagnia Generale di Elettriciltà GCE © Giuseppe Corbetta

Giuseppe Corbetta. via Tortona, Compagnia Generale di Elettriciltà GCE © Giuseppe Corbetta

 

In his work Milano Ritratti di Fabbriche” (1978-80) Gabriele Basilico, one of the most outstanding Italian figures in the field of architecture and landscape photography, carried out a systematic research of the industrial areas of Milan. Besides their artistic values, the importance of these pictures lies on documenting a moment of great changes in landscape, characterized by the shift from maximum expansion of industrialized economy  to a post-industrial phase, “the last portrait of a working-class city, that is about to change its identity”.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Costanza, Stabilimento Borletti  © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Gabriele Basilico. Via Costanza, Stabilimento Borletti © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Costanza, Stabilimento Borletti © Giuseppe Corbetta

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Costanza, Stabilimento Borletti © Giuseppe Corbetta

 

Between 2010 and 2016 the photographer Giuseppe Corbetta retraced Basilico’s footsteps. He went back to the same places to document the regeneration, the deterioration, the demolition and the reuse of the former industrial factories in Milan during the last 35 years.

Giuseppe Corbetta looked at the factories with the point of view of Gabiele Basilico, replicating the same shooting point, using the same camera lenses, the same lights, shadows and weather conditions with the aim to obtain the same shoot.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Ripamonti, scalo merci, porta romana, struttura di servizio  © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Gabriele Basilico. Via Ripamonti, scalo merci, porta romana, struttura di servizio © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Ripamonti, scalo merci, porta romana,  struttura di servizio © Giuseppe Corbetta

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Ripamonti, scalo merci, porta romana, struttura di servizio © Giuseppe Corbetta

 

The significance of repeating the same research today is to record the current state of the art of Milano ex-industrial areas which, because of  great contemporary international changes (such as the economic crisis, new economies and new dramatic migration flows) is now changing once again into something else.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Vincenzo Toffetti Adafrigor   © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Gabriele Basilico. Via Vincenzo Toffetti Adafrigor © Gabriele Basilico Studio

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Vincenzo Toffetti Adafrigor © Giuseppe Corbetta

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Vincenzo Toffetti Adafrigor © Giuseppe Corbetta

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Savona, Osram © Giuseppe Corbetta

Giuseppe Corbetta. Via Savona, Osram © Giuseppe Corbetta


 

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