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la Biennale di Venezia
Visual Top Art EN (new)


Defining a new subjectivity:
Photography from Luigi Ghirri to Annette Kelm

Sunday November 20th
Teatro alle Tese, Arsenale, 3 p.m.
Defining a New Subjectivity: Photography from Luigi Ghiri to Annette Kelm

David Campany, Giovanni Carmine, Daniela Salvioni and Shirana Shahbazi

David Campany, curator, critic and artist, teaches at the University of Westminster in England. He is the author of Art and Photography (Phaidon, 2003) and Photography and Cinema (Reaktion, 2008).
Daniela Salvioni, artist and critic, works as a independent curator, and in 2006 founded the international trade fair ARTEcontemporaneamodernaROMA which she directed through 2008. She has written many books, including Special Affects: The Photographic Experience in Contemporary Art (Giancarlo Politi Editore, 1989).
Giovanni Carmine (Switzerland, 1975), art historian, is the director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland. He was responsible for the artistic organization of the 2011 Art Biennial.
Shirana Shahbazi (Iran, 1974) studied photography and design in Dortmund and Zurich where she lives and works. Her personal exhibitions have been organized by various international institutions and galleries including: the Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; the Barbican Art Gallery, London and the Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich. She has participated in important collective exhibitions including the 4th Biennale in Berlin and Without Boundary. Seventeen Ways of Looking at the MoMA in New York. In 2003 she participated in the 50th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.
Bice Curiger, “ILLUMInations”, text from the catalogue of the Art Biennale 2011, Marsilio Editori
"Photography assumes particular thematic prominence in ILLUMInations. With Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), the exhibition presents a photographic oeuvre whose interplay of subjectivity and playfully reflected formal simplicity is a guiding light and inspiration for younger artists also showing here such as Annette Kelm or Elad Lassry”.
Giovanni Carmine, entry of the catalogue of the Art Biennale 2011, Marsilio Editori
“Closely linked to his own land, but also an inquisitive visual traveler, Luigi Ghirri is one of the major figures in Italian photography today. His works, all in small format and distinguished by refined composition, poetically and accurately reveal surprising aspects of the everyday that surrounds us. Ghirri seeks an unexpected balance in his work through the lens of his camera, portraying the density of detail in reality and, at the same time, showing us its constructed and surreal aspects. This photographer from Emilia is a real master at capturing the constant interplay between the natural and the artificial, not without ironic winks or a certain sense of humor. In numerous writings he has also analyzed the potential of this technique. So it is no surprise that, at a time when the world of photography is dominated and marred by digital retouching, there is an avid interest in this artist’s completely analogue work. His delicate palette, his particular attention to light, and the framing with which he bases the various levels of depth, materially and formally liken Ghirri’s photography to the world of painting”.
The artists selected for the main exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA
National Participations
Countries exhibited in their own pavilions at the 57th Intl. Art Exhibition
Collateral Events
Additional exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the 57th Biennale