Urban Muse: visions of postmodernism – Giorgio Galimberti and Roberto Polillo
Palazzo Costanzi - Piazza Piccola 2 - Trieste
Friday 27 October 2017 - Sunday 12 November 2017
As part of fourth edition of the urban photography festival Trieste Photo Days 2017, for the first time the region will host “Urban Muse – Visions of postmodernism”, a double and unprecedent exhibition that contains the projects “Tributo a Mitoraj” by Giorgio Galimberti and “Future & The City” by Roberto Polillo. Two artists, two different visions and two different expressive paths, a single instrument of artistic expression: photography. And a single subject: the contemporary city.
“Tributo to Mitoraj” is a photographic project that traces the artistic story of the great Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj through the places that host his works. A project that began in Paris in February 2016, where Giorgio remains fascinated by the flying Icarus that stands at La Défense and other works scattered in the French capital. On his return to Italy, Galimberti (son of art of the famous photographer Maurizio Galimberti) decides to put himself on the artist’s tracks in Milan, Pompeii, Agrigento and Pietrasanta. Galimberti portrays Mitoraj’s sculptures in a solemn black and white, exalting their authority and grandeur, restoring images of timeless beauty.
“Mine is an instinctive photograph”, says Galimberti. “Made freehand because I like to take the camera and shoot. I love the poetry and the emotion that black and white gives to images, its aesthetics and its charm. “A typical instinct of street photography, which fits perfectly with the theme of the festival,” Urban Life – Cities tell their stories. “
“Future & The City” is a project dedicated to the city of the future, through which Roberto Polillo traces the seeds and signs of the city of tomorrow in today’s megalopolis. A series of images of buildings taken in some of the world’s fastest changing metropolises (New York, Miami, Mexico, Milan, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Hong Kong), realized using the ICM technique – Intentional Camera Movement – which involves long shooting times, camera movement during shooting and accurate post-production work. In “Future & The City” it is as if the buildings belonged to a single large city that is at the same time a synthesis and manifest of the architectural and urban imagery of contemporary man.
The double exhibition will be inaugurated on Thursday, 26 October at 6pm, in the presence of the authors and the authorities.
It will be set up until November 12 at the Veruda Hall (Passo Costanzi 2) and is organized by the Cultural Association dotART with the contribution of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the Casali Foundations, in co-organization with the Municipality of Trieste.
Opening hours: every day 10.00-13.00 / 17.00-20.00. Free entrance.
Giorgio Galimberti was born in Como on March 20, 1980. Son of art, he has always been passionate about photography. Surrounded by the presence and knowledge of great masters, Giorgio seizes and makes a certain kind of vision that, when he takes the camera in his hands, allows him to define his own clear and well-defined style. Around the age of thirty his experiences and knowledge are transformed into an awareness of language that allows him to enter the authorial world with technical and compositional maturity.
His references have certainly influenced in the definition of his own language: Robert Frank, Robert Doisneau and Mario Giacomelli above all.
His images are beyond the usual photographic canons, combining different genres, starting from street photography, declined in a vision focused on contrasts and a use of modern and current light.
In the following years he is present in several collective exhibitions. In 2014, the first personal exhibitions that led him to be present at the MIA Fair 2015 with the DaDA East gallery in Milan.
In May 2015 the first exhibition in Milan, at the Expowall gallery. Entitled “Urban Traces” and curated by Maurizio Rebuzzini, the exhibition is part of the Milanese PhotoFestival exposition circuit.
Also in 2016, two historical magazines dedicated him a portfolio that confirms his growth and photographic maturity: FOTOgraphia, April 2016 and FOTOGRAFIA Reflex, June 2016.
At the end of 2016 several personal exhibitions, the most significant at the Leica Store in Florence with a project called “Q”, made entirely with Leica Q, which confirms the adaptability and simplicity of the photographer in the use of different devices, without leaving his own language; subsequently he inaugurates his personal exhibition at DaDA East in Milan with the unpublished project “Tribute to Mitoraj”.
In 2017, at the prestigious gipsoteca of the “Artistic lyceum of Porta Romana” in Florence, inaugurates his exhibition dedicated to the Polish sculptor, as well as numerous collaborations and exhibitions scheduled for the current year. From 2017 he became a member of the “Italian street photography” collective.
Roberto Polillo, Milanese, class 1946, photographed, in the ’60s, over a hundred jazz concerts, creating a very complete gallery of portraits of the most famous musicians of the time. To commission him was his father Arrigo, who was then director of the Musica Jazz magazine and today considered the most important jazz historian in Italy. Exposed in numerous solo exhibitions, on permanent display at the Siena Jazz Foundation, his photos are still used today in magazines, books, CDs and online magazines. In 2006 they were collected in the photographic book “Swing, Bop & Free”, published by Marco Polillo Editore. In 2016, in a homonymous exhibition in honor of his father, they were exhibited at the Milan Base as part of JazzMi.
Since the 70s Polillo dedicated to information technology as an entrepreneur and university professor. For only ten years now he has been actively involved in photography by starting a personal research in the field of digital photography using the ICM – Intentional Camera Movement shooting technique. In 2016 he published the book “Visions of Venice” (Editions Skira), dedicated to Venice and realized with images taken with ICM technique. During 2016 the homonymous exhibition was first exposed at the Tre Oci of Giudecca and then at the Stelline Foundation in Milan.