“Mirada Interior” by reporter Valerio Bispuri, an exhibition in the Spanish city of Segovia, will close on May 1. The event, curated by the Italian Institute of Culture in Madrid, showcases some of the artist’s most significant work which places a special focus on Latin America. This is a region that Bispuri lived in, breathed in and explored through a journalistic and socio-anthropological approach. His photos show the complexity of Latin America, whilst avoiding stereotypes and prejudices. Bisturi’s photos aim to draw out the soul of Latin America and has no pretence of being exhaustive.
However Bispuri, always driven by a desire to enclose in each shot a complex universe of human experiences and emotions, also tells the story of the Philippines in the aftermath of one of the most powerful typhoons in history. His pictures, both in colour and in black and white, reveal the identity of migrating peoples of different generations and origins: from the authentic life of Gypsies in camps in Italy and Bosnia to that of emigrants in the “black” heart of Campania; from young refugees who landed on the coasts of Sicily to Italians who moved from Calabria to Buenos Aires – an immersion stretching over a period of ten years, in a world that at first seems different, complicated and often violent. Bispuri’s photos show the prisons and suburbs of South America where young people waste their lives on drugs, although persisting in the attempt to redeem humanity through a glance and a gesture. Speaking about his work, Valerio Bispuri said: “When the eye is tired of watching, one really starts to observe. The depth of an image is the result of a perfect harmony between what you hear and what you see.” The exhibition was already held at the Institute in a previous occasion in 2015, during the PhotoEspana Festival 2016.