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Gabriele Basilico

What interests me constantly, almost obsessively, is the contemporary urban landscape, the social and aesthetic phenomenon of large, rapid, uncontrollable changes taking place in the cities of the planet and I think that photography has been, and perhaps continues to be, one particularly effective and sensitive tool to record it. To Photographing the town does not mean choosing the best architecture and isolating it from the environment to enhance their aesthetic dimension and composition, but for me it means exactly the opposite. That is to place on the same level the ‘educated’ architecture and ‘ordinary’ one in order to build a situation of cohabitation, because the real city, the one that I want to describe, contains this mixture of excellence and mediocrity, of centre and periphery, even in the most recent rebalancing of roles: a vision of urban space that, with a little of rhetoric, once we’d call democratic.
I cultivate the illusion and the hope that the willingness to observe and to accept the contemporary urban condition of our cities can be a good starting point to imagine a better city and a better future.
Gabriele Basilico
(in Fotografare la città, 2010)

Gabriele Basilico (Milan 1944-2013). After graduating in architecture (1973), he devoted himself to photography with continuity. The shape and identity of the cities, the development of the metropolis, the changes taking place in the post-industrial landscape have always been his favorite areas of research. Considered one of the masters of contemporary photography, he was honored with many awards and his works are part of important both Italian and international public and private collections. Milano ritratti di fabbriche (1978-80) is the first long work that depicts as main subject the industrial suburbs and is he first exhibition presented in a museum (1983, PAC, Milan). In 1984-85 with the project Bord de mer he participates, as the only Italian in the Mission Photographic de la DATAR, to the government assignment entrusted to an international group of photographers with the aim of documenting the transformation of the French landscape. In 1991, with other international photographers, he took part to a mission in Beirut, a city devastated by a civil war that lasted fifteen years. Since then, he produced and participated in numerous documentary projects in Italy and abroad, which generated exhibitions and books, including the Porti di mare (1990), L’esperienza dei luoghi (1994), Italy, Cross Sections of a Country (1998), Interrupted City (1999), Cityscapes (1999), Berlin (2000), Scattered City (2005) Appunti di viaggio (2006), Intercity (2007). Recent works include Rome 2007 (2008), Silicon Valley (2008, commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Mosca vertical, a research on the cityscape of Moscow, recovered in 2010 from the summit of the seven ‘Stalinist towers’, Istanbul 05.010, 2010 Shanghai, Beirut, 2011, Rio 2011. He joined the XIII International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2012) with the work Common Pavilions, on a project of Adele Re Rebaudengo realized in collaboration with Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel.

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Gabriele Basilico
Shanghai
Archival Pigment Print
cm 110 x 140
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Shanghai
Archival Pigment Print
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Gabriele Basilico
Padiglioni della Biennale di Venezia
Archival Pigment Print
cm 80 x 100
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Padiglioni della Biennale di Venezia
Archival Pigment Print
cm 80 x 100
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Gabriele Basilico
Padiglioni della Biennale di Venezia
Archival Pigment Print
cm 80 x 100
Edition 2 of 15

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Padiglioni della Biennale di Venezia
Archival Pigment Print
cm 80 x 100
Edition 2 of 15

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Curated by Giovanna Calvenzi
17.5 > 2.10.2013