One of the great names in international photography, that of Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000). Which, paradoxically, is almost always associated with two of his series of images that have become iconic: the one on Scanno and that of the so-called “pretini”, whose original title – poetic as always – is in reality I have no hands to caress my face, wholly or partly purchased in the early 1960s by John Szarkowsky, curator of Moma, for the New York museum.
But Giacomelli, of course, was (also) much more. As the exhibition demonstrates Time to livewhich opens on 23 October at 6 pm at the Gilda Lavia gallery in San Lorenzo. An extensive review with 66 images, some of which unpublished, curated by Katiuscia Biondi Giacomelli, grandson of the artist and director of the Archive named after him, built without a chronological order, nor thematic-content, but rather paginated, with all original works in vintage prints, as an uninterrupted creative flow to evoke the artist’s gaze and access his vision of the world.
The result, as always, is a distillation of poetry, for this author who, since his dazzling beginnings in the 1950s, distinguished himself precisely for his overcoming the photography of a “document” of the neorealist era, in a path that, without ever leaving aside reality, will come to transfigure it lyrically with results not far from abstraction and from the Informal (Giacomelli was also a painter and linked by a deep friendship with Alberto Burri).
Master of the darkroom – where Mario is at ease as an alchemist in his workshop – a man capable of in-depth thought on the creative process (in a provocative but also profoundly serious way he said: “I’m not a photographer, I don’t know how to do it”, or “I break down and recompose to mean”), Giacomelli’s gaze, with his voice broadcast in audio in one of the two rooms of the exhibition, relives thanks to the black and white of images chosen from many series: Earth metamorphosis, This memory I would like to tell, O Death will come and have your eyes, quoted by Cesare Pavese and initially baptized Hospice, also recalling Giacomelli’s singular human story: the very poor son of a washerwoman, who worked for a long time in a hospice, a child who lost his father at nine and who at thirteen began working in a printing shop, which he then continued to do throughout his life.
Info: «Mario Giacomelli. Time to live », curated by Katiuscia Biondi Giacomelli in collaboration with the Mario Giacomelli Archive (Senigallia). Opening: 23 October at 6pm. Until 31 December at the Gilda Lavia gallery, via dei Reti, 29 / c. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 14-19, morning and Sunday by appointment only; www.gildalavia.com, tel. 06.5803788
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