By Ro­sa­ria Zuc­co­ni — pho­tos by Set­ti­mio Be­ne­du­si — words by Fla­via Gior­gi

Beyond the lens — p. 99

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text -

For­ty years of pho­to­gra­phy. Cu­ra­ted by Ger­ma­no Ce­lant and de­si­gned by Pie­ro Lis­so­ni, the fir­st great an­tho­lo­gi­cal ex­hi­bi­tion of works by Gio­van­ni Ga­stel ta­kes to the sta­ge in Mi­lan. Back­sta­ge wi­th the big na­mes be­hind the event The Pho­to­gra­pher, the Cri­tic, the Ar­chi­tect. The ca­pi­tal let­ter is not an over­sight when it re­flec­ts an ab­so­lu­te pro­fes­sio­nal di­men­sion, that of th­ree per­so­na­li­ties who ha­ve tea­med up to pro­du­ce a great ex­hi­bi­tion of Ita­lian pho­to­gra­phy, whi­ch pre­sen­ts the en­ti­re works of Gio­van­ni Ga­stel on the oc­ca­sion of his 40 years in the bu­si­ness. Ac­com­pli­ces of the pho­to­gra­pher, the art hi­sto­rian Ger­ma­no Ce­lant and the ar­chi­tect Pie­ro Lis­so­ni. Tou­ghe­ned up by his ma­ter­nal edu­ca­tion, the self- taught pho­to­gra­pher who sold his fir­st pic­tu­re aged 17 still to­day trea­su­res the com­men­ts of Ce­lant, cu­ra­tor of his in­sti­tu­tio­nal ex­hi­bi­tions sin­ce 1997. His pro­duc­tion has been pa­red do­wn to the bo­ne and pre­sen­ted in 32 pho­to­gra­phic se­ries. All speak of ba­lan­ce, iro­ny, ele­gan­ce. But the­re is al­so Ga­stel the ex­pe­ri­men­ter, who looks to Da­dai­sm and Sur­rea­li­sm. In co­mes Pie­ro Lis­so­ni. We cha­se af­ter them to ask the de­si­gner how he wor­ked inside the Pa­laz­zo. “... I lo­we­red a sy­stem of thea­tri­cal wings, a labyrinth- li­ke pa­th, into the struc­tu­re.” We are in the middle of the room, whe­re the ex­hi­bi­tion ends and the ri­go­rous con­cept of the pho­to­gra­phic se­quen­ces

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