A New Map of Italy
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto is pleased to present the exhibition Guido Guidi – A New Map of Italy, a project dedicated to the Italian photographer known worldwide as one of the most important researchers of Italian contemporary photography and a pioneer in the country’s modernization of the same.
The exhibition gathers more than 50 works, from the collection of the CCA – Canadian Centre for Architecture di Montréal, taken by the artist at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the new millennium, from the volume A New Map of Italy. The Photographs of Guido Guidi curated by John Gossage and published by Loosestrife Editions in 2011.
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Guidi’s work is focused on the Italian contemporary social overview, the result of a path of images which began at a young age and developed in the artist in over 50 years of snapshots, using mostly large format cameras. By doing this Guidi rebuilds the map of the territory, avoiding the picturesque and the romantic. In his movements, Guidi prefers and exams industrial areas, the gaps, transitional, anti-spectacular landscapes, altered by man.
A New Map of Italy presents a selection of non-sequential and non-narrative photographs that span from pictures of strangers and friends to those that portrays a lateral Italy.
Guidi focuses on the spontaneous suburban architecture, on harsh secondary roads, on piles of garbage, on spray-painted walls, abandoned depots and construction sites to form a complex and stratified portrait of the contemporary landscape. Image after image, the illusions of the Beautiful Country give space to the other face of Italy, more precarious and also more realistic.
Gallery of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron Street
From October 11 to December 15
Hours: 10am – 1pm and 2pm-5pm or by appointment
Opening October 10, 2018 – 6:30 pm