The exhibition of the photographs, is intended – in line with the photographer’s original intention – to document the landscape of the cruise liners, without suggesting alternatives to it. The implacable black and white of Gianni Berengo Gardin’s photographs has, as always in his work, the purpose of bringing to light, with a sensitive and critical eye, the contrasts implicit in reality, society and the landscape, which are represented without filters or softening, in their raw essence.
Gianni Berengo Gardin has never wanted to be called an artist. His mission has always been to document, to be a witness to his own time, and even when faced with the cruise liners – these anomalous, abnormal and extraneous presences set against the Venetian panorama – the photographer has done what he knows how to do best: to communicate through his photographs.
“I was disturbed above all by the visual pollution; seeing my Venice having its proportions destroyed and being transformed into a toy, into one of those two-bit clones like you find in Las Vegas, unsettled me very deeply”.
until January 6, 2016
Gianni Berengo Gardin
Venezia E Le Grandi Navi
curated by Alessandra Mauro
exhibition design by Alessandro Scandurra
organized by FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano
in collaboration with Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia e Contrasto
Piazza San Marco, Venezia