In the second exhibition of Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Zurich’s MAI 36 Gallery presents a selection of the ‘Atlante’ Project, completed by a selection of vintage photographs from the late 1970s – 1990.
Since the early 1970s, when Luigi first began photographing his hometown of Emilia in Northern Italy, the self-taught photographers work has been determined by a fascination for the everyday and often apparently unimportant things. Seeing came to mean the same as thinking and so Luigi’s photographs are always an attempt to look behind things, so as to recognise them.
Luigi’s ‘Atlante’ project in 1973 saw him photograph details from atlases, which the Italian photographer (1943-1992) interpreted as an imaginary journey through the world, which took shape in travels through its abstracted cartographical representations.
A lot of works are also on display from his ‘Still Life’ series, which sees him hunting down motifs in second-hand bookshops and at flea markets.
Things that tell a story, even in the absence of people, also play a central role in his two parallel series ‘Atelier Morandi’ and ‘Studio Aldo Rossi’ (1989–90). Luigi photographed work spaces for both. The Giorgio Morandi series documents his studio in Bologna, which has remained untouched since the death of the painter in 1964.
In addition to his love of objects, Luigi was also particularly fond of architecture and landscape photography. The exhibition also presents several examples of work that demonstrate this, such as photos from the ‘Paessaggio italiano’ series, which captures a style of visual typography in Italy.
In 1977, Luigi photographed ‘In Scala’ (to scale), in a miniature model park in Rimini, featuring renowned Italian constrictions such as the Colosseum or the Milan Dome, as well as mini representations of the Dolomites.
Luigi Ghirri’s photographs are on show at the 54th Venice Biennale.
MAI 36 GALERIE
RÄMISTRASSE 37 8001 ZURICH
until the 8th of October