The history of job uniforms through 44 photographers’ shots

From Fiat workers to miners, from multinational executives to H&M clerks: a journey through the history of the uniform and the way it represented the evolution of the economy, class, society. On exhibition in Bologna.

At MAST – the foundation in Bologna dedicated to work and photography themes – a large exhibition focuses on the uniform, as a narrative vehicle describing trades and social classes, as well as their change over time. Butchers, coal dockers, miners, Fiat workers, but also company managers, up to soldiers, nuns, monks and H&M’s shop assistants: all these figures make up the large human sample of uniform in which the limit between professional figure and person is subtile.

In comparison, 44 international photographers’ shots from different generations, young or historicized: Walker Evans, Irving Penn, August Sander and Sebastião Salgado among the best known. The exhibition includes a monograph by the american photographer Walead Beshty, which portrays artists, collectors, curators, gallerists, directors and all the professionals met during his exhibitions’ preparation.

Uniform. Into The Work / Out Of The Work
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, Arno Fischer, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, August Sander e fotografi contemporanei come Paola Agosti, Sonja Braas, Song Chao, Clegg & Guttmann, Hans Danuser, Barbara Davatz, Roland Fischer, Andrè Gelpke, Helga Paris, Tobias Kaspar, Herlinde Koelbl, Paolo Pellegrin, Timm Rautert, Oliver Sieber, Sebastião Salgado Marianne Mueller, Walead Beshty
Mast. Bologna, via Speranza 4
Opening dates:
25 January-3 May 2020

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