An exhibition on “Our Land: Italian photography and video from 1970 to today” is currently being staged at the Stills photography gallery in Edinburgh. The show, a collective, interprets Italy, its land and the use of that land since the years following the “economic miracle”, when the impact of rapid industrialisation wrought radical changes on the rural landscape.
Alongside prestigious international names that include Gabriele Basilico, Luigi Ghirri, Walter Niedermayer and Olivo Barbieri, the show also presents works by emerging young photographers such as Paola De Petri and Francesco Jodice. De Petri focuses on the region between Italy and Austria, which was devastated during the two world wars of the 20th century and which today is reclaiming its more natural dimension. Jodice addresses the increasingly complex and difficult problem of the interaction between the land and the social communities living on it.
The exhibition is promoted by the Stills Gallery and the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with “‘Fondazione Fotografia/Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio”, based in Modena, and the Milan-based Documentation Centre for Visual Art (DOCVA).
The Edinburgh show is one of a number of photography and visual arts events taking place over the next 3 months as part of a “multi-project”. The project also includes “Torinover”, a contemporary art review promoted by the “Elle Contemporary Project” Association in Turin with support from Piedmont Region; the CRT Foundation in Turin; Turin Chamber of Commerce; and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Milan.
With support from the Italian Cultural Institute, visual arts residencies for young artists living in Scotland will be organised at the “Fabbrica del vapore” workshop in Milan. With the help of expert mentors, the young artists will develop their skills and, on completion of their residency, display the results of their research work in Milan in the spaces provided by the Institute and by the Stills Gallery. Read more, in Italian