“Olivo Barbieri – Italian quakes and other diseases” at Gibellina Photoroad

The rich programme of this first edition of the festival includes exhibitions, talks, portfolio reviews, workshops and much more. Thirty photo exhibitions featuring internationally renowned artists will be showcased alongside artworks by emerging artists. During opening days the exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and debates.

 

Site Specific, Napoli © Olivo Barbieri

Site Specific, Napoli © Olivo Barbieri

 

The first edition of the Festival explores the theme of Disorder: a keyword bound to our time and a term clearly characterised by catastrophes, upheavals and experimentation. It is neither chaos nor anarchy. It is rather a continuous, non-linear movement opposed to static order, one that produces a series of original connections that are fundamental for art, the avant-garde and revolutions to bloom.


 

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“Olivo Barbieri – Italian quakes and other diseases”
Gibellina Photoroad
July 29 – August 31, 2016
Comune di Gibellina
Piazza XV Gennaio 1, Gibellina
Italy

 


It seems only natural that Gibellina itself — an unusual city born out of the chaos of an earthquake — questions and explores the theme of «disorder». It does so in an “open space”, in its public places, free from visual contaminations, in its streets full of art and beauty; in accordance the idea that Art and creativity mustn’t be constrained by the walls of a museum.

 

Le pietre di Palermo © Ezio Ferreri

Le pietre di Palermo © Ezio Ferreri

Le pietre di Palermo © Ezio Ferreri

Le pietre di Palermo © Ezio Ferreri

 

Therefore every project is presented in site-specific installations, close to architecture and urban spaces. New manners of presentation, to expand the meaning and intention of different projects and to find new interpretations.

OLIVO BARBIERI EXHIBITION

A landscape turns into image when it peels off the ground. By changing perspective and moving away from noise and lights, the language of cities becomes comprehensible. To study a landscape from the air means tearing away the uniqueness it holds for man, making it live as an autonomous subject. There is no individual standpoint, only the objective perfection of a map in transformation.

 

Site Specific, Detroit © Olivo Barbieri

Site Specific, Detroit © Olivo Barbieri

Site Specific, New Orleans © Olivo Barbieri

Site Specific, New Orleans © Olivo Barbieri

 

Le Courbusier said that «flight has given us the sight of birds, the precious ability to observe our world all at once, and the mess we are making of it». Perhaps it was from this very statement that Olivo Barbieri took off. He strips disasters of their rhetoric, removes their human dimension: imposing structures, wrecks of buildings, collapsed churches and gutted houses all become vital marks of passage, both natural and urban.Thus an earthquake or a hurricane come to look like an economic crisis, or a war, or an illegal building. For the history of cities is, after all, one of shocks, rifts, demolitions, and, above all else, reconstructions.

 

Site Specific, Emilia Earthquake © Olivo Barbieri

Site Specific, Emilia Earthquake © Olivo Barbieri

 

Since 2003 Barbieri has been flying over our heads as he surveys countless tortured territories: the ruins of Emilia and L’Aquila, the abandoned cities of the American Rust Belt, the demolitions and building speculations of Catania and Naples. And present throughout this quiet, aesthetic, architectural reflection is the unmistakable perspective of the author in which reality becomes a model.

MARIA VITTORIA TROVATO

Allure of the Seas” is the largest cruise ship in the world. Launched in 2010, it is a floating city with 2706 cabins for over 6300 passengers and 2100 crew members. Impressive numbers. On its decks, bright colors and a hectic atmosphere break out between wave pools and enormous cinema screens. Maria Vittoria Trovato’s photographs are full of the shining colors of this fictional universe, where the lives of couples in honeymoon and couples in crisis collide.

 

 

Allure of the seas © Maria Vittoria Trovato

Allure of the seas © Maria Vittoria Trovato

 

Days pass by, in a place where you’re bound to have a good time, among beach boys performances and girls wearing shorts and striped caps, where a huge crowd gathers under the boiling sun of Caribbean summer and spends nights at bars, that you can find at every floor, where strangers forget their sadness drinking a glass of coke or a cocktail. And what about the sea? It is far, you can only see its traces in the blue color of the dance floor.

 

 

Allure of the seas © Maria Vittoria Trovato

Allure of the seas © Maria Vittoria Trovato

Allure of the seas © Maria Vittoria Trovato

Allure of the seas © Maria Vittoria Trovato

Sea is not what you are paying for, it is only a dream that never comes true. After all, when choosing a cruise ship, you are not dreaming of nature, but you are looking for a golden jail, sparkling enough to forget everything, especially yourself. The Sicilian-Berliner photographer depicts this world where everything is artificial with an elegant documentary style. In this world, chaotic and explosive glamour is only an illusion and happiness is on sale for lonely women and men, for teenagers left alone on a carousel.


 

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