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The anthology shows approximately 200 photographs that trace the career of the great Italian master from the fifties to the present.
Known in Italy and abroad as the poet of photography, Gianni Berengo Gardin has been able to restore and renew the visual language of Italy: Venice, Milan, the asylums and Basaglia’s law, Liguria, the exciting experience with Renzo Piano, the great reportage “dentro le case“, the Venice Biennale, but also New York, Vienna, Great Britain and the extraordinary experience with the Touring Club, until the photographs that remained unpublished and are presented here for the first time.
The exhibition “Gianni Berengo Gardin – Stories of a Photographer” arrives at the Palazzo Ducale in a version renewed and enriched with a whole chapter devoted to Genoa with photographs that cover a broad period from 1969 to 2002, specially selected for this edition of the show and largely completely new.
That of Berengo is a real tribute to the city. An affectionate tale, nostalgic perhaps, but without rhetoric. The port, often photographed invited by Renzo Piano, become a crossroads of parallel stories: the workers, the views, the ships and the idea of a landscape that changes in sentiment and consciousness towards change. Then the roads, the buildings, the houses, are superimposed on the vision, to the jobs that are now gone.
In Berengo Gardin’s Genoa there is a city that looks like his ideas, his memories. In that black and white, as well as in all his stories, there is a human quality that corresponds to his love for life. There is no rhetoric emotion. There’s that Gardin Gianni Berengo looking forward without ever stopping to look back.
Ends 8 June 2014
Genova Palazzo Ducale, Genoa. Italy
Tags: Genoa, Genova Palazzo Ducale, Gianni Berengo Gardin