Carlo Bevilacqua, Indian Stills
Carlo Bevilacqua and Toni Meneguzzo
Book presentation and opening: December 13, 2016, 7.00 PM
December 14, 2016 to January 15, 2017
By appointment only
Curated by Glenda Cinquegrana.
Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting is proud to present Fab India! a double solo show featuring Carlo Bevilacqua and Toni Meneguzzo, and also Indian Stills, a book by Carlo Bevilacqua. On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the famous photographic work executed during a travel in India, the book is published in a limited-edition version with a classy handmade binding.
‘Indian Stills’ recalls the beauty of world made of silences and untouchable solemnity, of an inner strength, transcending the time to arrive at us through the deepness of history, and without its magnificent and magical appearances, typical of the ancient place of the antique Indian Marajas civilization, that few external signals cannot try to reveal, claims Maurizio Corradini, Professor of Art History at Accademia di Brera in Milan.
Christian Maccotta, director of Boutographies, Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier has said about this works, that everything is humble and discreet in this work, the people share with us their secret world inscribed in time and space felt as immemorable.
On the book presentation occasion, the gallery features Fab-India, a curatorial project putting in dialogue photographic works by Carlo Bevilacqua alongside with those by Toni Meneguzzo, to underline emerging reciprocal differences and similarities. As Carlo Bevilacqua‘s work on India is focusing on the dominant human side of the country, Meneguzzo concentrates his attention on the houses, commonly covered with multicoloured advertising billboards. On the other side, he chooses abstracts representations of Mandala. The different approaches are at the far opposites: one chooses the realistic language, the black and white and a graphic coherence expressed by the Polaroid mark; the other uses colour as a language itself; one appearing strictly intertwined to reality, the other sometimes realistic, sometimes full of imagery and symbols. In narrating India these two languages seem to be different approaches, beyond any visual stereotype, can become reciprocating.
Information on the book: Indian Stills in an edition of 100 exemplars, each copy numbered and signed. Printed on a rare Fedrigoni Stucco Old Mill White 120 gr and G.F. Smith/Paper&People Colorplan Claret, 135 gr. Paper, Colorplan Harvest, 135 gr. paper.
Executed by M&FD (Milano) Massimo Fiameni Design.