Infinite Dynamics - the Floating City of Maurizio Gabbana

Infinite Dynamics - the Floating City of Maurizio Gabbana
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When Maurizio Gabbana is behind the lens, the city becomes a form of visual ecstasy. From Milan to Rome, from Moscow to New York, architecture is dismantled and expanded into the infinite. How is this possible to fit into a photo? Find out at the Giardino Giancarlo De Carlo with the Triennale Estate, with projections, discussions, performances and workshops for children. “I take a lot of photos and at unusual times, at night, for instance, and I look for moments when I can limit the human presence. In the cities I visit, I walk a lot, I like meeting the people as well as visiting the places,” the artist explains and, in effect, his scenes reveal a strange parallel with the solitary cities we experienced during the lockdowns. Contrary to appearances, Gabbana’s shots engage no post-production elaboration - they are merely the result of geometric perspective, multiple photos over the same frame and a knowing use of exposure. The camera is moved manually, transforming reality into metaphysical panoramas, seeming hallucinations. Behind these very contemporary images are the lessons of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, Segantini and Boccioni. Whether it is a trail of clouds or the Duomo of Milan, time is compacted, the present carves into the present, the eye fluctuates, floating in a sea of light.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano