The exhibition of pictures by Gianni Berengo Gardin reaches the Olivetti Showroom in St Mark’s Square. From 22nd October to 6th January 2016
“Venice and the Cruise Liners” is an exhibition of 27 photos taken from 2012 to 2014 by Gianni Berengo Gardin, considered on of the most important Italian photographers. The event was initially earmarked for the Doge’s Palace, after the very staging of it thrown into question, until FAI (Italy’s National Trust) has offered its property in San Mark’s square, Olivetti Showroom, putting an end to what has been a lively debate in the media over the course of summer. Finally Fai is delighted to host this exhibition in Venice, on account of the undoubted artistic value of the photographs but also because they constitute an incontrovertibile testament to the often problematic reality of life in Venice, a matter that is very closet o the heart of FAI, as it is to that of the Italian people, and indeed, of the whole world.
The exhibition of the photographs is intended- in line with the photographer’s intention- to document the landscape of the cruise liners, without suggesting alternatives to it. The implacabile black and white of Gianni Berengo Gardin’s photos has, as always in his work, the purpose of bringing to light, with a sensitive and critical eye, the contrasts implicit in reality, society and the landscape, which are represented without filters or softening, in their raw essence.Gianni Berengo Gardin has never wanted to be called an artist. His mission has always been to document, to be a fitness to his own time, and even when faced with the cruise
liners, he has done what he knows how to do best, to comunicate through his photographs.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Contrasto