Giovanni Cocco, ‘At What Time Does Venice Close 19’, 2017, ARTE GLOBALE

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About the series

A che ora chiude Venezia

What is the city but the people.
True. The people are the city.
Coriolanus, W. Shakespeare

Venice the city is open 24/7, bettering Disneyland as the always-on amusement park, ready to be brought back home in trinkets and pictures, ready on offer. Churches readily dispense entrance tickets, gondolas their musical rides, and bridges are belvederes to snap. And, as in amusement parks the world over, at sunset you can hear the question buzzing in everyone’s mind: A che ora chiude Venezia? (what are the opening hours? At what time does everything close?)
So, what happens to a city that has his inhabitants vacuumed out, and is injected with tourists? What is left of the public spaces? And what about the private, if houses are homes no more?
Venice is at the fighting line of Europe’s displaced cities, of layered and historical communities whose centers have been joyfully popped out under the pressure of mobile wealth. Living cities that then become museums, shopping malls, grand hotels, and plastic mementoes.
Capturing this transformation will capture the future of all our cities. This is why I choose this photographic way to try to unveil the face behind the mask. A pictures pictorial still life that explores the city, backdrop to a reality that morphs into theatrical representation, all shot on film, medium format. Since the consumption of a city takes also place today through the predatory capture of digital images, shooting on film reestablishes a mental and physical attitude of slowness, a reflective and instinctual vision, embracing the time, research and effort needed to immerse oneself into this displacement.

Series: At What Time Does Venice Close

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Exhibition Catalogs
2015 ”Il Presente” Fotografia, International Festival of Rome, Macro - Contemporary
Museum of Modern Art - in Rome. Curator Marco Delogu.
2014 “Reflections” 6th International Photography Festival Organ Vida, Zagreb.
Curator Morana Matcovic.
2014 “Resisto” Perugia Social Photo Fest. Curator Antonello Turchetti.
2014 “Stories without borders” Lector in Fabula, Conversano, Italy. Curator Rocco
De Benedictis.
2013 “A occhi aperti” Fotoleggendo photography festival. Artistic director Tiziana
2013 “Take Reportage Festival” special number - catalogue - for the Reportage
PhotographyFestival. Curator Stephen Dupont and Anna Maria Antoniette
2012 “Ilex Catalogueone” Curator Deanna Richardson.
2006 “L'oeil en Seyne” Des lumières et des feux. Curator Alain Mingam.
Selected Curated books
2016 “MARE” the book celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mare Magazine!
2015 “American Photography 32” the book presents the winning images from the
annual competition in New York City.
2014 “American Photography 30” the book presents the winning images from the
annual competition in New York City. Creative direction and design Rober
2013 “American Photography 29” the book presents the winning images from the
annual competition in New York City. Co-Chair Emeriti Kathy Raian and Fred
2012 “Burn.02” curator/publisher David Alan Harvey, Magnum Foundation.
2016 “Monia”, text Caterina Serra, designed by Filippo Nostri

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