“Until Proven Otherwise” Urban Intervention, talks, portfolio reviews

I envisioned the exhibition as an adjustment to the streets of Punta Secca by means of a proper Urban Intervention and by creating itineraries of an open-air museum. This does not entail the mere enlargement of a photo glued at the side of the street but I tried to create a trompe-l’oeil of continuity between photography and architecture, images and city landscapes. The most interesting aspect is that with this urban operation a photograph “comes back to life” after 150 years. It is given meaning again because in the streets it acquires a different value. The context of the streets is a context in motion where all the contemporary debates merge. When a work enters a museum, it loses its “scuff marks” of contemporaneity. It arrives in an atemporal seal. Besides, in Italy, the street is still unmistakably a meeting place and a place of exchange, reflecting the contrasts of today’s society. The photo wouldn’t have had the same effect in a museum. The street is a sensitive, living and fertile environment.

"Jennifer in the Paradise" is the First Photoshopped Image. By the inventor of Photoshop 1.0, and future husband of Jennifer, Thomas Knoll, 1987. Until Proven Otherwise

“Jennifer in the Paradise” is the First Photoshopped Image. By the inventor of Photoshop 1.0, and future husband of Jennifer, Thomas Knoll, 1987. Until Proven Otherwise

The First Underwater Color Photo. William Harding Longley and Charles Martin took it using a magnesium-powered flash in 1926. Until Proven Otherwise

The First Underwater Color Photo. William Harding Longley and Charles Martin took it using a magnesium-powered flash in 1926. Until Proven Otherwise

 

The first photo in sequence of a kiss. Eadweard Muybridge, 1872-85.

The first photo in sequence of a kiss. Eadweard Muybridge, 1872-85.

The First Photo of the Sun. By Leon Foucault and Louis Fizeau, 1845. Until Proven Otherwise.

The First Photo of the Sun. By Leon Foucault and Louis Fizeau, 1845. Until Proven Otherwise.

The First Photobook from “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions” by Anna Atkins, 1843. Until Proven Otherwise.

The First Photobook from “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions” by Anna Atkins, 1843. Until Proven Otherwise.



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