The Museum of the Twentieth Century has recently inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to an artist that has been adopted by the city of Milan: “Paola di Bello. Milano Centro” presents the photographic works by the artist, of which the museum has already acquired several works, and will also show a special work made for the occasion.
This exhibition has been made with the sponsorship of the Leonardo Society.
Paola Di Bello. Milano Centro
December 14, 2016 – March 12, 2017
Museo del Novecento
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1
20122 Milano, Italy
Combining a conceptual attitude, a please for research and an ability to grip on reality, the work of Paola Di Bello transforms a common view into something extraordinary, drawing it out of its everyday dynamics.
There are many pieces of her work devoted to Milan, the city where she lives, onto which she has placed the city’s phenomena and marginal micro-events that take place between the urban fabric folds: the vitality of a discarded object, abandoned in a corner, as we can see in Concrete Island; the visual ambiguity generated from an irregular underground floor (Espèce d’Espace), the impression of an architectural rotation taken from the crowd of fans on the ramps of San Siro stadium (Video-Stadium); the relationships that arise between citizens and buildings, as in Framing the Comunity, the tension triggered by a solar eclipse, photographed from Sempione Park using a piece of film as a filter (Eclipse 3254).
The photographs by Di Bello synthesize different moments in time, as in we can see in her Rear Window series, and the can be subtly abnormal, like in The Enigma of Time, which is already part of the collection of the Museum of the Twentieth Century and is now on display at the exhibition in the landscape section, in dialogue with twentieth century masterpieces. On this occasion, Di Bello has launched a debate on the theme of museums, understood as a device for a two-way vision; for this purpose the installation “Ora e Qui” (When and here) was especially created to stand at the Fontana Space. The eponymous photographic series based on photo shoots made around all’Arengariowill also be shown in this space, and it is planned that one of the works will be acquired by the Museum of the Twentieth Century.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paola Di Bello was born in Naples in 1961. She is a photographer and videomaker, educated as an artist in his father’s studio: Bruno Di Bello, artist and photographer of the seventies. In her works she captures reality and objects, drawing out all that eye can see and much of that it cannot grasp. Her work addresses the existing socio-political issues in contemporary cities, observing everyday situations, characterized by a deep human distress, and determining a shift of perspective.
She has participated in many photographic campaigns on the theme of suburbia, the favelas of South America, the homeless and the Romanian community. She has travelled to New York and Baghdad, Tokyo and Naples, Romania and Mirafiori. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad.