Room 4: Luca Vitone and Luigi Ghirri

Italian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 22, 2013 4:51PM

Selected work by Luca Vitone and Luigi Ghirri will explore a dualistic way of looking at a landscape, in which the meaning of a place is suspended between vision and memory.

1. About the Artist: Luca Vitone

Since the late 1980s, Luca Vitone has focused on the idea of constructing and presenting places, whether geographic, political, forgotten, or revered. Vitone is particularly interested in the way that places are created through cultural production, like art, cartography, architecture, political association, and ethnic grouping. His paintings and installations can loosely be called landscapes made using materials found from a specific site, like the waste, foods, and beverages. Read more.

Images: L’ultimo Viaggio, 1998 – 2005, Photo: Fulvio Richetto; Portrait: Luca Vitone, Photo: Walter Capelli; Luca Vitone, Eternit; Luca Vitone, La stanza della memoria, Luca Vitone, per l’eternità, Courtesy l’artista e Galleria Pinksummer, Genova

2. About the Artist: Luigi Ghirri

Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri established his reputation with documentary-meets-surrealistic snapshots of contemporary Italian life. Ghirri’s small prints appear modest, but their cinematic qualities and whimsical perspectives hint at the dualities and contradictions of everyday life. Read more.

Images: Portrait: Luigi Ghirri, Photo: Marco Ambrosi; Luigi Ghirri, Laguna di Orbetello, Grosseto, 1974 in Viaggio in Italia, 1984;  Capri 1982; Alpe di Siusi, Bolzano 1979 in Viaggio in Italia, 1984; Veduta d’insieme, Courtesy Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo © Eredi Luigi Ghirri



Italian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale