Gian Paolo Barbieri in 120 Original Polaroids

Gian Paolo Barbieri in 120 Original Polaroids
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Theatre, beauty, metaphor and reality. That’s what fashion photography is for Gian Paolo Barbieri who, with his seductive and dreamlike images, transforms the two-dimensional surfaces of photographic prints into “fascinating objects”, stimulating invitations to the imagination and fantasy. Just a few months after the prize he claimed at the Lucie Awards 2018 in New York as Best International Fashion Photographer, the instantaneous photography of Barbieri is at the centre of Polaroids and More, the largest retrospective ever organised around the work of this artist. The exhibition, hosted by the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery, reunites a selection of over 120 Polaroid photos which have never been displayed before. At the centre of the scene, infused with a playful and irreverent irony, is Woman, shrouded in a mystery that, according to the artist, should never be fully unveiled. As opposed to the rigorously conceived images created in the photo studio for which Barbieri has become famous worldwide, these disarming photos are marked by their spontaneity and inventiveness, offering a remarkably unique vision of his extraordinary career. The exhibition also presents, for the first time ever, a selection of new works inspired by the writings of William Shakespeare, on which Barbieri has worked for 3 years, “drawing on the past to look forward to the future”.

Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano