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The Beautiful Cliché – Venezia

160,00

The Beautiful Cliché – Venezia

160,00

Not the common postcard shots of the city but pictures that forces you to think about where they come from.

‘The acclaimed beauty of Venice is perhaps among the best known and most distinguishing features of the city. “Postcard” shots of it are just as common: stereotypical pictures reproducing unique and incomparable landmarks that are promoted through the endless repetition of the same images. It would seem, therefore, that little or nothing remains to be discovered in the lagoon city, which is so strongly conditioned by its own legend.
Renato D’Agostin’s work explores possibilities of a different sort: it unveils the best known architectural sites of Venice, such as St Mark’s Square, by making them the object of a striking primary analysis, whereby the outlines of the architectural volumes fade away without losing their weight; space is made the object of endless interpretations, yet all reflecting the author’s vision; the details of the buildings necessarily point to the whole structures; the lagoon horizon is traced by the ideal profiles of the islands and by the dots of the mooring posts, without being conditioned by them. This is not simply a book of photographs, then, but a collection of possible “visions” of the city. The images are not made complete or defined by their contours; rather, they force the viewer to think about the places they come from – that is, they point towards a way of perceiving the entire city which does not depend on how its details are photographically rendered. In its not easy to abstract given places from such a complex city and turn them into “photographic places”, which is to say sites capable of eliciting emotions, wonder, and amazement. Perhaps one might say that the author has placed himself in a condition to “listen to places”, so as to distil some of their essential qualities.’ — Renata Codello
Material

Printed in Milan

Size

34 x 25 cm