The exhibition displays an exceptional loan of over 70 pieces from the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo. Amongst the authors Letizia Battaglia, Lisetta Carmi, Mario Giacomelli, Luigi Ghirri, Paul Graham, Guido Guidi and Joan Fontcuberta.
The title (States of tension) metaphorically recalls the tension-traction driving the nowadays society when faced with challenges and watershed transformations: from climate change to refugee crisis, from the surge of nationalism to discrimination. The first chapter of the exhibition focuses on the effect of the Anthropocene on the environment, both on a local and global scale. The route follows a sequence of images narrating the landscape transformation from the Seventies to the present, revealing the dichotomy of the industrial and rural world, and the affirmation of a hybrid landscape.
The second chapter reflects on how exclusion - for political, ethnic and economical reasons - are at the root of the social tensions that characterised our society in the past fifty years.
The exhibition suggests a unique dialogue between images, to corroborate the historical reasons they stem from and to trigger, by associating them, questions that their authors hadn’t envisaged. This will ideally serve as a thought catalyst, reflecting on past and present, but also on the political and social role of the image.
Exhibited authors: Marina Ballo Charmet, Olivo Barbieri, Letizia Battaglia, Tommaso Bonaventura, Lisetta Carmi, Vincenzo Castella, Paolo Ciregia, Mario Cresci, Paola Di Bello, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Joan Fontcuberta, Leonard Freed, Luigi Ghirri, Mario Giacomelli, Paolo Gioli, Alessandro Imbriaco, Paul Graham, Guido Guidi, Roni Horn, Francesco Jodice, Arthur Tress and The Cool Couple.